Sales of plug-in vehicles are growing at almost the same rate as those of diesel vehicles are falling. Experts say that they are not going faster because this technology still generates a lot of uncertainty due to lack of information. we put our grain of sand with this practical on ITV of electric cars.

The technical inspection of vehicles that an electric vehicle passes does not differ much from a combustion one; In reality, everything is the same, except that the latter does not pass an emissions test.

Regarding prices, finally, some autonomous communities take this difference into account and establish a special rate. We see it in detail…

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How often do you have to pass the ITV to an electric car

There is no difference in the terms to pass the ITV of an electric car compared to a combustion one.

How often you have to check the condition of the vehicle depends on the type and its age; We summarize it in the following table to make it more clear:

Vehicle Deadlines
Private cars and passenger cars ITV exempt for vehicles less than four years old. ITV every two years for vehicles more than four years old and less than ten years old. ITV every year for vehicles over ten years old.
Mopeds and motorcycles ITV exempt for vehicles less than four years old. ITV every two years for vehicles over four years old.
Light vehicles ITV exempt for vehicles less than two years old. ITV every two years for vehicles more than two years old and less than six years old. ITV every year for vehicles with more than six years old and less than ten years. ITV every six months for vehicles over ten years old
taxi ITV every year for vehicles less than five years old.

What documentation do you need?

The ITV station will ask you for the documentation that proves that the vehicle to be checked is correctly registered, that is, driving license and technical inspection card.

The workers will verify that there is a coincidence in the chassis number, registration number, brand and trade name.

It is not necessary for the owner to pass the ITV of the electric car.

What items are reviewed

There is not, for the moment, a ITV specific for electric cars but given its particular mechanical characteristics, there is evidence that free.

Exactly the same as any other vehicle, in an electric vehicle that passes the ITV, bodywork, lights, tires, suspensions and brakes are checked.

  • Of the abroad, those responsible for the ITV will verify that there is no corrosion or edges; Also the good condition of the front and rear bumpers. They will also review the seats and their anchorages, seat belts and their anchorages, child restraint devices, interior projections…
  • The lights They are one of the most important elements (also one of the ones that accumulate the most defects).
  • During the ITV of an electric car, the correct operation and condition of the dipped and highway lightsreversing light, turn signals, emergency signals, brake lights, position lights, fog lights and the rear license plate light.
  • It is also verified that the braking system effectiveness meets minimum values
  • To confirm that the address works correctly, the deflection of the wheels, the steering wheel and the steering column, the ball joints are checked…
  • The tires and the suspension they are subject to visual inspection, they cannot present damage, the cover must have a minimum depth…
  • Finally, the status of the engine and the transmission

What about the emissions test?

And, up to here, the ITV of an electric car.

Missing what is for combustion vehicles one of the toughest tests of the technical inspection, that of emissions. Having only one electric motor (or two) and being zero emission cars, motorcycles or vans, it does not make any sense for them to be subjected to the gas measurement test.

Different is the case of the plug-in hybrids. These must undergo the emissions test as if they were combustion. The only difference is that, since with the car idling the engine that works is electric, it is necessary to apply the manufacturer’s protocols to start the vehicle with the combustion engine and thus be able to measure emissions.

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The price of the ITV of electric cars

The ITV is a business with rates that vary depending on the Autonomous Community and the type of regime in which the service is provided.

One of the main novelties of the ITV rates for 2022 is that, finally, there are stations (not all) set a different price for electric cars. Those that do not have a special rate for plug-in plugs apply that for gasoline vehicles.

This is what the ITV of an electric car costs in each autonomous community:

Autonomous community ITV electric car price (euros)
Andalusia* 20.6
Aragon* 28.35
Asturias 29.38
Balearic Islands (Majorca) 20.08
Balearic Islands (Menorca) 20,819
Cantabria 28.86
Catalonia 29.26
Castilla la Mancha 22.11
Castile and Leon* 13.14
Canary Islands 27.25
Basque Country* 37.64
Estremadura 35.11
Galicia 25.09
Navarre* 31.09
The Rioja 25.83
Valencia 25.05
Ceuta 30.96
Melilla 27.36

* Autonomous communities with special rate for electric vehicles