We’re all pretty aware that the future belongs to electric as far as cars are concerned and yet there as still so many misconceptions about electric vehicles. Here we’ve listed the 10 most common myths and set the record straight for you!
- The Grid Can’t Cope! Although the National Grid have warned that home networks may struggle to copy with high-capacity car charging, homeowners with a low-capacity network who also own an electric vehicle (EV) wouldn’t have a high-capacity charges, so the chances of the network being overloaded is incredibly slim.
- Electric Vehicles are more expensive. Although the cost of an EV may be very slightly higher than that of a fuel vehicle, manufacturers offer compensation by way of a generous specification and take into account the £4,500 zero-emissions grant. You will also see that as EV become more popular, the starting prices will reduce.
- They’re a fire risk. Although there was news about the Tesla Model S in 2013 the battery pack was upgraded and recent tests have proven that the chances of a fire in an EV were ‘five times lower than the average gasoline car’.
- Electric Vehicles are only for dry weather. When EVs are manufactured, all components are protected to ensure that there aren’t any problems when using car washes or driving in the rain.
- Electric Vehicles only allow you to go so far. The ranges of electric vehicles are increasing greatly and rapidly with most cars now having a range of at least 150 miles. Having said that, 200 miles in now considered a normal range.
- Your limited as to where you can charge them. Although long distance travel will take slightly more consideration there are numerous apps that allow you to pinpoint charging points all over the country, try Zap Map. This app indicates that there are almost 15,000 connectors at more than 5000 locations in the UK.
- Battery life is limited. Many manufacturers offer replacement warranties usually 5-8 years to cover the battery, other manufacturers offer battery leasing for a monthly fee and will replace it free of charge when required.
- An EV’s life cycle proves they’re worse for the environment. Wrong. Although the building process at present is less environmentally friendly, a BBC study estimates that an EV is 10% better over its life cycle and this is expected to become even better.
- Batteries are bad for the environment. Although at present the disposal of batteries is damaging to the environment the recycling rates are set to improve as the EV boom escalates.
- They lack power. The idea that all electric cars are slow and boring couldn’t be further from the truth. Tesla has some of the quickest car 0-60’s with the Model S going from 0-60mph in less than 3 seconds.
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