7 myths about electric cars
Electric cars are still somewhat new, and for many of us, something of a mystery. While you may think you know about these fantastic automobiles, the truth of the matter may surprise you. Listed below are seven myths about electric cars, all debunked for your driving pleasure.
Not Sufficient Range
The average motorist drives 40 miles a day, which is nearly half of what a standard electric car charge can provide. Also, some models have been able to go over 120 miles, while Tesla has a new roadster that can easily top 300 before needing a charge. This myth is simply untrue in the majority of cases.
Electric Cars Don’t Reduce Air Pollution
It’s true that some power, which is used to charge electric cars, comes from coal-fired electrical plants which pollute the environment. However, the reduction in pollution as a result of taking gas and diesel powered vehicles off the road is still more beneficial. As more renewable power sources come to fruition, this will become even less of an issue.
Electric Cars Increase Energy Bills
While your electric bill will be higher (you are adding something to your drawn power for the month, after all) your fuel bill will disappear altogether. When you weigh the $20-30 more a month that your power bill will go up, against how much you’ll save in gas, the benefits will add up quickly. As a result, this point is mute.
Electric Car Sales Have Failed, Gas Cars Still Outsell Them
This myth originated as a result of electric cars not quickly being adopted and surpassing sales of gasoline fueled cars. Gasoline cars have had quite a head start in sales compared to electric cars, so to compare apples to apples really isn’t a true measure of failure or success. People are gradually switching to electric cars, and will continue to do so as prices go down, supply goes up and infrastructure is developed.
Millions of Plug in Vehicles Will Crash the Grid
Rumors have circulated that millions of people charging their vehicles will crash the electric grid. However, we have a society based on electronic toys, tools and gadgets and continually have increased the electricity supplied based on that demand. This will continue gradually.
Not Enough Lithium Ion to Make the Batteries
This myth is simply not true. There wasn’t enough lithium ion at the start because there wasn’t as strong of a demand for batteries in the late 1990’s. Now that every major device runs on lithium batteries, the production capabilities have expanded dramatically.
Lithium Ion Batteries are Dangerous and Can Explode
Any battery can explode if you charge it wrong or tamper with it. While there have been some reported cases of problems, they are overwhelmingly outweighed by the number of safe and secure electric cars that have been on the road going on 15 years now.
Now technology can be intimidating, and this can cause fear mongering myths to arise. However, as electric cars continue to grow in popularity, the fear of this new, wonderful, and practical technology will diminish.