The EV industry is steadily developing, and all that’s needed is for major players to dedicate resources. In the meantime, it would benefit everyone to put money into customer service departments, as excellent employees can make up for shoddy infrastructure.
Electric cars (EVs) have been met with skepticism, just like any other innovative technology. The electric vehicles we see on the road now are light years ahead of the first ones that hit the market five to ten years ago. Despite advancements in technology and infrastructure, old complaints about EVs’ shortcomings are still being cited as reasons not to buy one.
To others, switching to electric vehicles may seem impossible, especially if they have to contend with outmoded infrastructure. Many individuals are still on the fence about purchasing an EV. Still, we want to dispel some of the most widespread myths about these vehicles by addressing some of the most prevalent worries and misconceptions about them:
Myth 1: Emissions still occur because the power required to charge EVs is generated by burning fossil fuels.
Transportation is the UK’s biggest pollution source, exceeding even fossil fuel combustion due to onshore and offshore wind farms and the closure of major coal operations. From less than 20% in 2010 to over 50% in 2021, the percentage of electricity generated in Britain from zero-carbon sources has increased dramatically. Even as power continues to de-carbonise, the amount of electricity generated from coal and oil combined in New England remains low, at just 0.1% to 2.7%.
WhenToPlugIn and other apps, as well as new regulations and smart energy tariffs, are assisting in controlling electricity use; for instance, a Smart EV charger may initiate or halt EV charging to ensure it is utilizing the most efficient and cost-effective electricity available.
Myth 2: EVs are slow.
If you think an EV is slow, you are completely wrong. The performance of even the cheapest electric automobiles is impressive! Compared to the Bugatti Chiron hypercar, Tesla’s most powerful electric family car can reach 62 mph in less time and with zero fuel. The I-Pace, Jaguar’s newest SUV, sprints to 62 mph in less time than the F-type, the brand’s supercharged V6 sports car. The Kia e-Niro is nearly as quick as its sibling, the Ceed GT hot hatchback, while the Nissan Leaf easily outperforms the Qashqai SUV’s 1.5-liter diesel engine.
Myth 3: You cannot choose contactless payment options for EV chargers:
Rapid expansion in EV sales has led to electric vehicles accounting for almost 20% of all new vehicles purchased in the UK. However, concerns have been raised that the UK’s infrastructure is falling behind, with drivers reporting that charges are frequently sluggish, costly, and inconvenient to obtain. As part of the government’s intention to streamline the public charging market in the United Kingdom, electric car users will soon be able to pay for EV chargers with contactless payments.
Myth 4: EVs are expensive.
Some EVs are more costly than others, but the same can be said of gas-powered automobiles. Compared to conventional gasoline or diesel automobiles, those that run on electricity are not much more expensive. Additionally, electric vehicles are proven to retain their value, so you won’t suffer a financial loss if you decide to sell.
Myth 5: EV’s battery needs replacement after 8 to 10 years.
There is a valid concern about the environmental friendliness of EVs. The raw materials used in batteries, the manufacturing process, and the final disposal of batteries all because some worry for the environment. There are many applications for batteries beyond their useful life in an EV, and it is illegal to dispose of them in landfills. More stringent rules and more openness on the part of manufacturers and governments are also being implemented to address these concerns.
The United Kingdom contributes to global initiatives to ensure a safe, reliable, and ethical supply of EV battery materials. There are currently no laws in place that permit the landfilling or incineration of electric vehicle batteries. Electric vehicle battery manufacturers must accept returned batteries at no cost and guarantee government mandates to recycle them.
Many companies stand behind the quality of their batteries by offering a five- or eight-year performance warranty. The average auto owner keeps their vehicle for three years, so shoppers who invest in a new or certified pre-owned electric vehicle should rest easy.
Myth 6: EV recharging time is too lengthy, and they run out of juice too fast.
Electric cars are evolving swiftly. Advances in design and engineering mean many electric hatchbacks can now go 200-300 miles on a single charge, including family vehicles. The highest claimed electric vehicle range is 375 miles for a Tesla model, but even cars with smaller capacity batteries may achieve 100 to 200 miles, which is adequate for day-to-day driving and most commutes.
When the battery runs low, the sat nav in most electric vehicles guides you to the closest charging station. The time needed to recharge an electric car’s battery has reduced substantially and will continue to improve as new batteries and charging sites become available.
Charging time varies by charger and battery size. A 7kW residential wall box can completely charge a 64kWh battery in just over nine hours. You can do this overnight without interrupting your day.
Myth 7: EVs can catch fire in a crash.
Lithium-ion batteries may catch fire and explode, just like gasoline. Just like gasoline tanks, battery packs must be crashed. The manufacturers claim that there have been 40 fires out of the 7.5 billion miles traveled by the 300,000 Teslas on the road. That’s roughly five fires for every billion miles traveled, but the rate for gasoline-powered vehicles is about 55 fires for every billion miles driven.