Electric Vehicle Myths Busted.

All of the common electric vehicle myths busted, to help you make an informed decision on the purchase of your next vehicle and select the right charger for your new car.

Myth: EV’s are slow and lack power.

EV’s are actually quite nippy! For example the Tesla Model S can go from 0-60mph is 1.99 seconds!

The Tesla Model S has one of the longest driving ranges on a single battery charge to offer. It also boosts the quickest acceleration of any EV with a 200mph top speed. This EV gives you high performance on every trip.

Myth: EV’s have a limited range and are not suitable for long-distance travel.

Did you know that 99% of car journeys in England are under 100 miles? This means that for most drivers, your needs will easily be met by an EV’s driving range.

However, if you often travel long distances, there are many electric vehicle models that now provide between 300-400 miles on a single battery charge. Some even more! See our other blog post where we list models with the longest driving range.

Myth: EV’s are more expensive than petrol or diesel cars.

EV’s do cost more to purchase outright, but overall ownership of an EV will cost you less.

This is because, EV’s are exempt from road tax, and they have reduced running costs, especially when using off-peak electricity rates. They also have fewer moving parts compared with petrol or diesel cars. If you take into account the increase in fuel prices, then going electric is going to be a financially better option in the long term.

Fortunately, the government’s goal is to become net zero and end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030. EV’s reaching price parity is closer than we imagined and the Government also offers a £3,500 contribution towards the cost of an eligible electric vehicle through the Plug-In Car Grant.

With the increase in dedicated production lines, design improvements, advances in technology, and reduction in battery costs, the industry is forecasted to lower the price of electric vehicles. EV’s will be cheaper to produce than internal combustion engine vehicles by 2027. The future is electric!

Myth: It takes a long time to charge an EV.

Most homes in the UK have a single-phase electricity supply. This means that the maximum charging rate you can have without upgrading to a three-phase electricity supply (which can be costly and also time-consuming) is 7kw. If you use one of our specially selected 7kw home chargers, you can charge up your vehicle’s battery in just under 8 hours from empty to full.

However, most drivers only need a top-up charge to the advised 80% rather than recharging from empty to 100%. Therefore, it can take even less time to charge your vehicle for your intended destination, keeping your battery life at optimum performance too.

Better still, charge your car overnight using off-peak electricity rates and you’ll be good to go in the morning and will save some money too!

Myth: EV’s are not as safe as internal combustion engines.

Matthew Avery, director of research at Thatcham Research who crash tests EV’s states;

“We’ve crash tested almost every new EV and have been impressed by their active and passive safety performance. In fact, in key ways EV’s are safer than conventionally powered cars because of the weight and location of the battery, they have low centre of gravity which benefits their handling. For example, we see less ‘spinning out’ in an accident.

So EV’s go through vigorous testing and are perfectly safe!

Myth: The production of EV’s is just as harmful to the environment as internal combustion engines.

The Government continues to support the deployment of low-carbon and renewable technologies to deliver a cleaner greener future.

A new battery-electric car has just a third of the lifetime greenhouse gas emissions of an equivalent new petrol car, even when taking into account battery production and disposal. EVs are getting progressively cleaner as electricity generation decarbonises.

In the UK in 2019, the lifetime emissions per kilometre of driving a Nissan Leaf EV were about three times lower than for the average conventional car, even before accounting for the falling carbon intensity of electricity generation during the car’s lifetime.

Myth: EV’s cannot be driven or charged in the rain.

EV’s and EV chargers have to comply with tough technical and safety rules prior to entering the market. This means they have passed regulations and are safe to drive and charge in a wide range of weather conditions. As always, drivers are encouraged to follow manufacturers’ instructions and use the correct charging cable.

Always use a trusted and compliant electric car charger installer to ensure your home charging point is installed safely and securely.

Our team of installation experts are Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) approved and also accredited by the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC). 

Contact our friendly team today who will be more than happy to supply you with a quotation for your new charging point and installation.

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