Top 5 electric car myths busted

The sales of electric vehicles have exploded and the number of different cars available are becoming more diverse.

The current Geneva Motorshow is awash with new models from Jaguar, Kia, Hyundai, VW and newcomers showing off hypercars with performance figures unachievable using fossil fuels.

However, despite this surge in interest, many motorists still remain in the dark.

Range anxiety, what’s that??
For example, nine out of ten drivers are not aware of UK Government grants to cover up to 75% (£500 max) of home charging point costs and 96% over-estimated or didn’t know the cost, according to a new AA Populus study of 21,877 drivers.  A home charger can be installed for as little as £99.
The AA research shows that old perceptions, spread by traditional media, are holding some buyers back.  An example of which can be found here from Autoexpress’ Mike Rutherford ….

So…… lets bust some myths shall we……

1. Electric cars costs loads more

The Government provide grants of up to £4,500 off the list price of a new EV or £2,500 of the price of a plug-in hydrid.

Read the list of eligible vehicles here.

Many plug-in hybrids are already priced at a very similar price to the equivalent spec. diesel.

When combined with ultra low running costs an EV can work out far cheaper than the petrol or diesel equivalent.  With rock bottom servicing, free road tax and 2p per mile achievable by all. 

These costs come before free car parking in certain towns and free entry into the London Congestion Zone, which is currently £11.50 per day.

2. There are not enough public charge points

There are more than 11,000 publically available charge points in the UK through various providers.

Check out zap-map to locate chargers near you.

U.K. Government policy is to increase the number of EV charge points to ensure you are never more than 20miles from a public charger and that they are available using a standardised method which informs drivers which charge points are in use.

That aside, according to research 90% of ALL charging is performed at home,  leaving you with a full charge each morning.  In the UK, trials are currently underway to enable charging via street lamps for owners without a driveway.

3. It takes a long time to charge

Many believe the only way to recharge an EV is overnight with this process taking upto 12 hours.

This is just one method of charging –  using a 3pin plug is useful option when others are not available, for example when staying with friends or family.

Fitting a home charging unit (using the grant mentioned earlier) will output 7kw of power and will charge the current batch of electrics cars in 3 to 4 hours.

When on the road, a visit to a Motorway Service Station will have a battery charged to 80% in 30 minutes – just enough time for a coffee.

4. Batteries degrade don’t they?

Batteries in older EVs are aging much better than engineers had ever predicted, so owners are finding that battery durability is much better than expected.

EV car manufacturers are so confident in the technology they provide battery warranties of upto eight years.  Many examples exist of taxi fleets running Nissan LEAFs with hundreds of thousands of miles on the clock.

5. You can only travel short distances

National statistics show that 95% of car journeys are under 10 miles.  The latest EVs hitting the roads have a much greater battery range than those initially seen.

The latest Renault ZOE is capable of 180miles and that figure will soon be the minimum for all electric cars.

With various charging options, such as charging at home or at the office, using public chargers and then topping up at your destination, range simply isn’t a problem.

Many individuals have achieved huge motorway miles using an electric car across countries and even continents.

Here are some examples.

Any myths relating to the performance of electric cars and any comparison to Milk Floats were totally quashed when Tesla arrived on the scene with the latest top specification Model S hitting 60mph in less than 2.4 seconds!

What other myths would you add to this list?? Add yours in the comments below….

The Founder of driveEV. A driving and new technology fan enjoying learning all about the future of motoring. I drive a BMW i3.

5 thoughts on “Top 5 electric car myths busted

  1. In that case I must be a brave consumer, because I am now onto my second electric car, and after three years and over 30,000 fairly effortless pure EV miles, there is no way I would go back to a stinky, expensive gasoline car.

  2. After 4 years and over 61,000 miles, I thoroughly enjoy my all-electric car as my sole car and our family car. I couldn’t stand my BMW M3’s shakes, noises, and smells within a month of owning my BEV, so I sold my M3. Over 5000 of those miles are road trips through California, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado visiting national parks and other sites like Monument Valley, Meteor Crater, Bryce, Zion, Arches, Mesa Verde, and Natural Bridges. The infrastructure in Europe is even denser than it is out here in the Western US. See my web site for the details, including more myths busted.

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