Myths about electric cars debunked

Myths about electric cars debunked

A lot of misconceptions about electric cars are spread on the internet and so many people still believe them. Because of misinformation, people misunderstand the value of EVs. It’s worth making an attempt to stop these myths and debunk them. Here are some car myths that you need to stop believing.

Myth 1.

The energy to charge an EV puts out more carbon to produce thangas-powered autos.

Fact: We are going to take a look at the lifecycle of a car from manufacturing to use. Taking manufacturing into account, based on a study conducted byThe Union of Concerned Scientists showed that an 84-mile range electric car produces about 15% more emissions than manufacturing a gas-powered car. As crazy as that 15% higher may sound it is easily overshadowed by a gasoline vehicle as soon as it is going to be used.

According to the same study, during 18 months of driving a gas-powered car produces 53% more emissions compared to a similar EV. As most believe that the energy to charge the vehicles comes from fossil fuels, we can say that it is far from the truth. The electricity that EVs use can not necessarily have to come from fossil fuels, it can also come from wind geothermal energy or hydroelectric power. This belief is true only if an EV is 100% coal-powered but this story changes if you simply get solar panels on your roof. The electricity grid is cleaning up and within the next 10 years, it will be primarily renewable. That would mean that if you buy an electric car today it will get cleaner over time as the grid gets cleaner.

Myth 2.

It takes too long to change an EV while I can spend only 5 minutesto gas up a gas-powered car.

Fact:

While this can be technically true, it is not taking into account how the fueling pattern changes with an EV. When it comes to an ICE car, you drive until your tank reaches a point that it needs more gasoline, let's say ¼ of the tank. After that, you have to go all the way to a gas station to gas up your car and afterward you go along your way.

But things change if you are an EV driver and have a parking spot in your home that has a place to plugin. In this way you can charge your electric car every night when you get home - no detour to the gas station - no waiting until you have the ¼ of the tank left. So, you simply have to charge your EV every night at home and have your EV ready for the next day.

Myth 3.

EVs are too expensive.

Fact:

For the time being, most electric vehicles are more expensive compared to similar gas-powered models. But that is how technology works.

In the beginning, everything may be very expensive to produce but as the manufacturing process yields better results they start to produce more units. Consequently, the cost per unit will be lower and the price will drop dramatically. Also, it is worth mentioning that as battery technology continues to improve the prices tend to be less expensive over time, and the cost per mile of driving an EV is cheaper than driving gasoline-based vehicles.

Research from the University of Michigan emphasised that the average cost to operate an EV in the United States ($485 per year) is much less than the average for a gasoline-powered vehicle ($1,117). This study presents that the prices of electricity are likely to be more stable than gasoline prices which are more fluctuating. To conclude EVs are hitting prices that the average consumer can afford. In a couple of years the future of electric car prices will be considerably lower than the gas-powered cars.

Suggestion: If you want to drive an EV but you want to cut the costs of owning one, consider buying a used model.