If you’re a regular driver, chances are you’ve built up a passing knowledge of electric cars and what they have to offer. But if you’re unfamiliar for the most part, it’s easy to fall back on certain misconceptions. If you’re looking to buy your first electric car, you can’t afford to do that. Here are a few pointers to clarify some recurring myths surrounding E.V’s.
Electric Cars Are Expensive Cars
A lot of people assume electric cars are an expensive purchase, a mega drain on the wallet. Now it depends on which way you look at it. You may be taken aback about how much they cost at the initial buying period, but the real financial input goes into maintaining a car, such as petrol and road tax. However, you don’t have to put out so much for electric cars. The battery and accessory parts are easy to maintain, you can simply charge your car from home rather than stocking up on petrol (even taking it to a registered charging port is less taxing than a petrol station). You’ll also find that electric cars are exempt from many of the road tax requirements to the lack of exhaust emissions. The bulk of your money spent will go into the initial purchase.
Electric Cars Must Go Through a Slow Charge
You may be concerned that an electric car will be forced to spend much of its lifespan connected to a charging port, lest you try to travel any further than ten miles. It’s true, some models can take their time on the charging front, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to cover a long distance. Leaving your car plugged in overnight can afford you at least 40 miles in travelling.
You Burn Through Batteries Every Five Years
All batteries lose their charge over time. Doesn’t matter what the model is or what they’re made for. But some people assume that batteries have a very short shelf life before you need to start shopping for a new one. But some electric car batteries can last for a good 100,000 miles before they stop reaching their full charge. And even then, the decrease in functionality is quite minimal and you can enjoy a few more years before cracking open the wallet.
Not Environmentally Friendly
Ironically, despite it being one of the most common facts regarding electric cars, you still get people who struggle to see them as ‘green-friendly’. But in truth, the electric motor converts 75% of the chemical energy from the batteries to power the wheels. A large gap between an internal combustion engine which only converts 20% of the energy stored in gasoline. Also take into account the lack of exhaust emission and you’ve got a vehicle that can travel long distances without adding to the air pollution.
The problem with myths is people can snatch out tiny nuggets of information which are exaggerated to the point they might as well be a negative fact. For example, the facts tend to varyon how long to charge an electric car. But there’s no reason you can’t go great distances with the small charge you have. But electric cars operate under safe and cost-effective standards. And if you were to buy into any of these facts, you’d be doing yourself out of a very effective car.