Do Electric Cars Need An MOT?

In a world where more is being done to lower carbon-footprints, electric cars are being heralded as the way forward. This increase in popularity means a lot of people are now asking “do electric cars need an MOT?” since the integral mechanics are slightly different to petrol or diesel combustion engines. The quick answer is yes, they’re subject to the same annual MOT requirement once the vehicle is three years old.

There are, however, some very minor differences. With this in mind, this month, here at Auto Exhausts & Tyres, we’ll talk through some of the key questions surrounding the MOT for electric cars, helping you to understand what you need to do and when you need to do it.

Black Tesla on its way to get an electric car MOT

What is involved with an electric car MOT?

As with any MOT, the main aim is to ensure the car is in a safe, roadworthy condition according to guidelines set out by government legislation. This means that nearly all the standard checks on a normal car should be performed on an electric car. This includes things like:

  • Checking all lights function properly
  • Checking the windscreen for damage/visibility
  • Checking seatbelts work for safety
  • Checking steering functions properly
  • Checking brake pads and discs for wear
  • Checking for excessive corrosion to portions of the vehicle
  • Checking the horn works properly
  • Checking general tyre condition
  • Checking electrical wiring

What’s different on an electric car MOT to a normal one?

So what’s not on the list for an electric car MOT? All of the above will be performed, but there is one thing it won’t need: exhaust emissions checks. This part of the test was introduced to help keep emissions low since a vehicle spewing out fumes is not good for air quality – and could sometimes obscure other drivers’ view of the road in the worst instances.

With an electric car, there is no such issue, and therefore they are not subject to this check.

What about hybrid cars, is an MOT the same?

A hybrid vehicle is still subject to an annual MOT and, much like a fully electric car, will not be subject to an emissions test. More details on which types of vehicles are exempt from this area of the MOT can be found on the government website.


Do electric cars need an MOT? Yes, and so do hybrid cars and combustion engine cars. The only difference is the exhaust emissions check. With one less thing to fail on during an MOT, meaning one less reason to be without your vehicle, it’s something of a bonus if you’ve opted for an electric car or a hybrid.


Here at Auto Exhausts & Tyres, we book MOTs for electric cars in Lincoln. Our professional and friendly team are on hand to help keep you safe on the roads and can offer advice and guidance should any part of your vehicle not meet the required testing standards – it’s our aim to make your MOT go as smoothly as possible to get you back out on the road. Contact us today to book your electric or hybrid car in for an MOT.