EV Myth Busters

Are you dreaming of benefiting from lower running costs and high-performance driving, all whilst producing no emissions and helping improve air quality?

Great! However, a new report notes that there are major misconceptions of electrical vehicles (EVs) amongst non-EV drivers in the UK.  The perceived issues' and areas of concern are many, but as we know, perception is based on assumptions, and assumptions are not facts, so let us demystify the following for you:

Myth: Pure electric cars are slow
Fact: Electric cars are quicker off the mark!
47% of people think that petrol or diesel cars accelerate faster than pure electric, when the opposite is actually true! An electric motor can generate power far quicker than an internal combustion engine, meaning most EVs will accelerate quicker than their fulled equivalent.

The 2018 Nissan Leaf accelerates from 0-60mph in just 7.4 seconds. In comparison, Nissan Note's latest model will make it to 60mph in 11.5-13.3 (petrol and diesel included). If that's too slow, we can add that the Tesla Roadster will make 0-60mph in less than 2 seconds...

Myth: There aren't enough charge points
Fact: Not true! There are plenty of places to charge your car.
The average Brit thinks there are only 6,000 charge points in the UK, despite there being over 16,000 public charge points available.  There are also rapid chargers at more than 96% of Motorway Services, with the UK having one of the largest rapid charge networks in Europe.

Suffering range anxiety? The average journey in the UK is 8.7 miles. Most existing EVs have a range of around 100 miles, with newer models being able to travel even further on one charge!

Myth: EVs are Too Expensive
Fact: An electric car can actually save you money!
55% of people also say that the costs of buying an electric car is the main reason not to go electric. Model dependent, as with any car, pure electric cars may have a higher upfront purchase cost than its fossil fuel equivalent.  However, you can save on average around £650 a year in tax and fuel if you chose to go electric. Maintenance costs are also 70% lower over the car's lifetime, making going electric a no-brainer!

Interestingly, 34% of people report being willing to pay a little more for a 100% electric car when compared to a petrol/diesel version of the same model and specifications. The UK's most popular conventional car, the Ford Fiesta is beaten on price by the Peugeot iOn 47KW, coming in at roughly £12,495 after the Plug-in car grant has been applied *

* Check out our blog here on what the UK plug-in Car Grant is!

Myth: There are only a few EV models on the market
Fact: Not anymore! 
When buying pure EVs, the choice is vast - and constantly growing! The average person thinks there are only nine models to chose from, when in fact there are now 17 pure electric car models available in the UK, excluding hybrid vehicles.

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Myth: EVs aren't as green as you think - perhaps less green than an Internal Combustion Engine vehicle once you consider manufacturer/production! 
Fact: True But False! 
Emission rates for EV production aren't a myth. In fact, research suggests that manufacturing a mid-size EV produces around 15% more emission than a comparable ICE vehicle, and sometimes even more for larger EVs. However, the Union of Concerned Scientists completed a study over a two year period, the results of which shows that battery electric cars generate half the emission of the average comparable petrol car, even when including the pollution from battery manufacturing.  

It is worth noting that those who generally oppose will cite that electric cars generate more pollution and emissions during manufacturing than ICE vehicles whilst comparing the largest EV vehicles to the smaller petrol run-arounds (a somewhat unfair comparison). Based on factors that includes the different sources of energy, a US Department of Energy report concluded that a typical EV produces an average of 4,815 pounds of CO2-equivalent emissions per year, which can be  compared to the average ICE car which produces 11,435 pounds of CO2-equivalent emissions per year.  As electricity is often a more 'green energy' source than petrol, an EV will in make up for its higher manufacturing emission within 18 months when driven. In fact, smaller, shorter range models will make up for their extra emission within 6 moths!  

But what about battery life?

What isn't always understood is that batteries have uses after an EV reaches the end of its useful life. Tesla, for instance, plans to take back batteries and recycle them to create new batteries, with other companies currently operating growing lithium-ion recycling schemes.

Have you got any queries regarding electrical vehicles and charging? Don't hesitate to get in touch!


Author: Christine Bjerkan,
Source:  Baringa Partners,
The Union of Concerned Scientists, US Department of Energy