What are common misconceptions about EV’s?
While some of these things were true in the past, times have definitely changed. Here are some of the myths about EVs that have been laid to rest.
EV’s are expensive
While battery costs are expected to drop significantly in upcoming years, for the time being EV’s are slightly more expensive than their gas powered counterparts. Fortunately for new EV owners there are available Federal and State (depending on your state) tax credits or rebates that you may apply for. If you are on a tight budget, EV’s are some of the best bargains in the used car market, just make sure to give it a thorough check like you would any other used car purchase.
EV’s are as slow as golf carts
EV’s are actually quicker than their gas counterparts. When the driver pushes down the accelerator pedal 100% of the engine’s torque is available instantly- translation: they can go really fast, really quick. Did you know the Tesla S is one of the quickest production cars in the world at any price? It can go 0-60 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds!
EV’s don’t have enough range
The US Department of Transportation statistics show that Americans drive an average of 40 miles per day. Most affordable EV’s on the market can run for three times that distance. And now that charging stations are widespread across the US you can travel to wherever you need to go in your EV.
EV’s aren’t any greener than gas powered autos
Did you know that electric motors convert 75% of the energy stored in their batteries to power the wheels? Compare that to only 20% of available power from gasoline to power the wheels. Some people argue that the electricity EV’s use to run is generated in power plants that pollute. Taking into account the energy used to make and power EV’s scientists have concluded that EV’s are generally responsible for less pollution than conventional vehicles in every part of the US.
EV’s are expensive to maintain
Because of their electric motors EV’s don’t require regular oil changes or tuneups. With their simple transmissions and fewer moving parts EV’s cost less to keep running than conventional vehicles. And based on average gasoline and electricity prices you can save thousands of dollars on fuel.
EV’s aren’t practical until there are widespread public charging stations
Most EV charging is done at home or at work. New charging stations are popping up daily, and adding those to the tens of thousands already across the US you can always find a station nearby. If you are taking a long road trip make sure to plan a route that is dotted with fast-charging stations to make your trip quick and easy.
EV batteries don’t last long and will end up in landfills
The federal government mandates that EV battery packs carry a warranty for at least eight years and 100,000 miles. Many of these batteries still run efficiently beyond that point. Just like 99% of batteries already found in cars, depleted EV batteries can be recycled or broken down to use again. Used EV batteries have even been used to store wind and solar energy in some places.