There are two sides in the great electric car debate. On one side you have the advocates; the ones who love electric cars and love everything they do. But on the other side you have the scepticals; the ones who think electric cars are nothing more than a fad that will disappear before they’ve made their mark. And it’s the latter we are focussing on right now.
The reason many are against electric cars is due to the myths surrounding them. The naysayers have seemingly taken electric cars and created a culture of negativity by jumping on issues, that, to be frank, simply aren’t there.
With that in mind, we’ve jotted down some of the most common electric car myths and highlighted why they are simply not true.
Myth one: It takes 12 hours to charge an EV
Unsurprisingly, technology has moved on. And it only takes 12 hours if you use the slowest and simplest methods available, such as a regular 120-volt, 15-amp receptacle. The super charger, which is increasingly available almost everywhere, actually performs an 80% charge in less than 30 minutes – on average.
Myth two: You cannot drive long distances in an EV
In the past, ‘range anxiety’ was a big issue for those with electric cars. But thanks to technology developing, that is no longer an issue. Nowadays electric cars can travel reasonable distances before running out of juice. The Tesla Model S for example can reach around 250 miles on a single charge, while the BMI i3 with range extender can run for around 186 miles on a full charge – more than enough for a commute or a family day out.
Myth three: Major car manufacturers see no future in EVs
This is a common argument, but would companies really invest millions into something they didn’t see a future in? Almost every car manufacturer has invested in electric vehicles – as well as the largest tech companies in the world too. Both Google and Apple have shown interest in the sector. And as we all know, they are not naïve.
Myth four: EV batteries are useless once used
A car battery is just like any other battery. With use, its capacity will decline. However they have come a long way in recent years, and are now better than ever before. Essentially they are built to withstand the test of time so do not decline at such a rate as mobile phone or standard batteries for example. So essentially, the battery should last you as long as you have the car – and beyond!
What’s the most outrageous statement you’ve heard about EVs?