Five Common Misconceptions about Electric Vehicles
29 Aug 2018
Electric vehicles (EVs) have made enormous progress in the last decade as more companies are joining the EV market and working to create practical, long-range electric vehicles. Tesla, Nissan, BMW, Ford, Chevy, Kia and Volkswagen continue to increase their electric vehicle production.
Copper plays a significant role in EV success as EVs require 75 percent more copper than traditional vehicles. Copper’s superior conductivity makes it an ideal component of purely battery-powered cars. In fact, an average EV contains 176lbs of copper, while a traditional car only needs 44lbs.
As electric vehicles rise in popularity and demand, popular misconceptions emerge about this new technology. Below, we address the five most common misunderstandings surrounding EVs:
Pure electric powered cars are slower than gas-powered vehicles.
Most people think that electric vehicles don’t have the same amount of power as an oil filled car. But in fact, the complete opposite is true. The majority of EVs accelerate quicker than their gas powered equivalent. For example, the new Tesla Model S can race from 0-60mph in just 2.28 seconds. Compare that to a Ford C-Max, which can increase to the same speed in over 9.7 seconds.
Electric vehicles are too expensive.
Electric vehicles can actually, in the long run, save money. Though some have higher initial purchase costs, owners could actually save money in tax and fuel costs overtime when driving an EV versus a gas car.
There aren’t enough charging stations for my EV.
Most Americans believe they would have to drive long distances just to charge their vehicle. In reality, the U.S. closed 2017 with over 16,500 public charging stations around the country. The U.S. also had nearly 43,000 individual charging connectors or plugs in these stations. Making EV charging ports accessible to consumers makes them great competitors in the general vehicle market.
There isn’t a variety of models to choose from when buying an EV.
This was true when EVs first hit the market. Now there’s an electric vehicle for anyone. Recent research by Go Ultra Low revealed that the average consumer believes there are nine EV models to choose from, when in reality, there are currently 54 models available.
EVs are still far off into the future:
Electric vehicles are here to stay with the transition to an EV world having already begun. Though many still view electric vehicles as a novelty on the road, it is expected that the majority of new cars will be EVs in the near future. The number of electric cars worldwide has already increased by 55 percent since 2016, with over 3.2 million electric vehicles on the road today. In the first half of 2018 alone, there were more than 1.7 million electric vehicles sold, with the number expected to reach more than 14.5 million by 2027.
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