Electric vehicles are relatively new. As such, many people do not have enough information about them. Due to this lack of knowledge, many myths circulate about electric vehicles. It is essential to know the truth as these myths make some people hesitate to switch to electric cars, which are actually better for humanity.
In this article, we look at three common myths and the real truth.
Myth 1: Electric vehicles do not have practical driving ranges
This myth might have been the truth when the first electric cars were made some fifty years ago, where the lead-acid batteries gave about 20 miles before you had to charge them (no, electric cars are not recent phenomenons). However, modern electric vehicles last far longer, and you will see models with more than 200 miles. The longest range for a production electric vehicle is actually 520 miles, a record belonging to the Lucid Air Dream Edition sedan.
The average American driver covers 30 miles per day, hence can go without charging for days on end.
The best part is that batteries are getting battery and electric vehicles more efficient, meaning we are bound to see better driving ranges in the future.
Myth 2: charging an electric car is a problem
This myth cannot be farther from the truth. Electric vehicle owners most times charge at home, which is very convenient, as it is like having your own filling station at home. The experience even gets better by installing a home charging station, which cuts the time required to charge fully down to less than ten hours for most models.
Even when you have to charge outside, it is not difficult to locate a public charger. The US alone has thousands of public chargers, which you can locate with an app and pay a small fee to use. Businesses also offer destination charging, which is sometimes free and you can take advantage of for as long as you are on their premises.
Many of these public chargers work with DC and will fill up your battery in under 45 minutes.
The current US government has dedicated billions of dollars to build the charging infrastructure electric vehicles need, meaning lots of charging opportunities will come in the future.
Myth 3: EV batteries do not last
This myth most likely has its root in people’s experience with smartphone batteries that last a few years. However, EV batteries are stronger and better maintained and monitored. Most EV makers give a warranty of eight years and above, indicating that the batteries last.
Many of the original EVs are still on the road without a battery change, so this myth remains a myth.