Considering going green with an electric vehicle? But worried that the negatives seem to outweigh the
positives? Electric vehicles have come a long way since they first went into mass market production in
1996. Yet there are still legacy myths surrounding them. We’ve taken a look at the four most common
myths that we come across most often.
Myth 1 – Electric Vehicles cannot do long journeys.
The average UK driver travels 30-40 miles a day, which is well within the range of any EV currently
on the market. If you are not the norm, fear not, brands such as the Tesla Model 3 & Nissan Leaf have
ranges of around 235 miles. What’s more, competition entering the EV market has meant increased
investment from manufacturers in research and development and the race is most certainly on amongst
brands to see who can provide the longest range between charging. So far, the results haven’t disappointed,
with the new Tesla Roadster tipped to have a range of 640 miles on just one charge – amazing!
Myth 2 – The infrastructure is not there.
The UK now has more EV charging stations than petrol stations, with more popping up constantly nationwide. Also with handy apps like ChargePoint, you can easily track down the closest ones to you.
If you find there are no convenient stations nearby then maybe its time to invest in getting your own home
charger. A simple survey is all that’s needed to find out which EV charger best suits your needs and requirements.
Myth 3 – They just take so long to charge.
Charging – is it an inconvenience? The time taken to recharge an EV battery has dropped significantly and will only increase as new batteries and more powerful charge points become accessible.
Residential wall box chargers typically deliver 7kW and on many of the EV vehicles currently available this would take around 9 hours to fully charge. It’s safe and can be done overnight (often when electricity is at its cheapest) so interruptions to the day to day would not be an issue. Faster kW chargers known as ‘super chargers’ are typically found on motorway service stations. Using a ‘super charger’ you can expect to charge from empty to 80% in just 75 minutes. New technology is constantly being released and there is talk of new ultra-fast chargers entering the market. When they do, charging time will no longer be an issue and won’t even come up as a barrier to purchase.
Myth 4 – Electric Vehicles are just too expensive.
The price of an EV could still be a huge stumbling block for many. Whilst it’s true that they are more expensive (£10,000 more in some cases) than their fossil fuel counterparts, there are many positives to owning an electric vehicle. They certainly hold their value and as second-hand market opens up; this gap will only widen. In fact, the Tesla Model S has the highest residual value of any used car in Germany.
Whilst it may be more expensive currently to buy an electric vehicle, consideration should be given to the running costs. There’s no doubt that electric vehicles are must more cost effective that traditional fossil fuel cars. Charged at home, an EV will cost 3-4p per mile in electricity, whereas an economical fossil fuelled vehicle costs around 10p per mile. With the average motorist in the UK doing 8-10,000 miles a year that is some saving.
There are several other factors to consider such as lower company car tax and simpler and cheaper servicing. Regenerative breaking also ensures reduced brake pad wear.
To summarise, EV’s may well be more expensive to buy initially, but their resale value is far higher than their fossil fuel equivalents. So, over the course of an average 3–4-year ownership, EVs could well be a cheaper alternative. Not forgetting of course, you will be doing your bit for the environment.