I guess it’s pretty normal for human beings to be skeptical of new things. That’s just our nature. I dare say it’s a survival mechanism that we distrust things that are new especially when we barely know anything about it. The good thing is that we also have the capability to learn. This allows us to find out what part is true and what part is make believe. Such is the case with electric cars. When the technology was introduced a few years ago, people were skeptical, and a lot of myths about electric cars were born. Sure, we had battery powered cars, but they were mere toys. How could we possibly take the toy and transform it into a real car?
Luckily for us, we are learning more and more about the technology, and manufacturers are creating electric cars that are showing the true potential of the tech. So, we have compiled the top 5 myths about electric cars with the hopes of debunking them. These myths may have come from discussions long ago or more recent ones. By the end of the article, the goal is to clear baseless myths regarding electric cars. Let’s start.
The Top 5 Myths About Electric Cars
1. Electric Cars are Expensive – True(ish)
Sure. Electric cars are more expensive the moment you buy them from the dealership compared to regular cars. However, manufacturers are projecting a drop in the prices in the future. How? By creating cheaper batteries. The batteries make up a third of the total cost of an electric vehicle. As car companies develop cheaper, longer running, and more dependable batteries in the future, the price of electric cars will surely drop.
Also, another thing to note is that although electric cars cost more to buy, using them is much cheaper compared to a regular car. Charging only costs a fraction of a gas fill up in gasoline stations. Most electric cars are designed with minimal moving parts so maintenance costs are lower. Buying an electric car might be expensive but owning one is much easier on the budget.
2. There’s A Limited Number of Choices – False
If this were 5 years ago, then I would definitely agree with you. Fortunately for us, a lot of manufacturers are now joining the EV craze and there are now a lot of options available for would-be electric car owners. There are cheaper models for people who just need a cute car to drive them to work daily and there are top shelf models perfect for car collectors looking for a car to use for the next gala.
To date, there are at least 40 different electric vehicles being sold in the US with 15 of them considered to be fully-electric.
3. It’s Hard to Find a Charger – False
Whenever people talk about owning electric cars, they usually mention that it is hard to drive an electric car because there are much fewer charging stations compared to gasoline stations. While this may rattle you a little bit, the truth is that 90% of electric car owners charge at home or work.
In states with a lot of public charging stations, people are still opting to charge at home. The reason behind this is simple: it’s much safer to charge at home, and you get to relax while you wait.
4. You Won’t Get Far – False
I will be honest, if you are looking for a car to use for road trips around the country, then an electric car should be the last thing you should consider – for now. This is because the range of electric cars is less than your average gas-powered automobile, with top-tier models hitting the 250 mile range. 250 miles is more than enough to drive you from Atlanta to Nashville with a few more miles to spare. Also, it is known that the average American drives about 40 miles a day so even the cheapest models (that have a 100 mile range) should be enough for short trips around town.
With careful planning, you could definitely take your electric car across the country – just make sure to double-check that your hotels have a place you can charge your car overnight!
5. Electric Cars are Not Really Green – False
Whenever naysayers hear that electric cars are green and environmentally friendly they usually shoot back with “It’s not really green because it is still coal-powered because our electricity comes from coal”. If we were in the 90’s then this would definitely be true. But nowadays, the nation-wide electric grid is only 25% coal and this number is falling every year.
We are seeing a surge in the demand for renewable energy while a large percentage (34%) comes from cleaner burning natural gas. Batteries are also replaced and their creation requires a lot of energy and results in some waste but modern batteries are recyclable. Electric cars may not be 100% green but their carbon footprint is much, much smaller compared to regular gas-powered cars.
Electric Car Repair at T3 Atlanta
Now that you know the truth and myths about electric cars, you may want to add one to your garage! If you are in the market for an electric car, you can contact T3 Atlanta and we can recommend the perfect one based on your needs and budget. If you already have an electric car you love, we also service electric cars from Nissan, Toyota, Lexus, and Infiniti at both of our Metro-area locations. Call us today and let us help keep your ride in top condition!