At first glance, lubricating an electric vehicle (EV) seems relatively simple. It doesn’t have many of the complicated parts and operating conditions that internal combustion engine vehicles do. Fewer moving parts means fewer types of lubrication are needed. No need to worry about ash or varnish or drain intervals.
However, a closer look reveals something to keep tribologists awake at night: electricity. When added to what are well-observed tribological phenomena, things get complicated.