7 EV Myths Debunked

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Summary: In this post you will find 5 myths about electric vehicles debunked together with research-based facts about EVs.

Electric cars, also known as EVs, are slowly and steadily coming of age. With them comes our natural fear about all the new things that enter our everyday lives. And so do the myths around the EV technology.
Negative rumors (spreading from ear to ear) which have turned into urban legends, confuse those who think about owning and using electric cars.

With all the misinformation floating around about EVs, we have your back! Here are some of the most common myths about electric cars debunked.

Myth 1:

There is no difference between electric cars and hybrid cars.

Fact:

There is a difference between electric cars and hybrid cars. Since electric cars have an electric motor only, the battery functions as the sole power source. Hybrid car, on the other hand, is the name given to the types of cars in which both types of engines (internal combustion engine and electric engine) are used together.

These vehicles, which are considered as “intermediary for the transition to EV”, are also divided into two as “classic” and “plug-in hybrid“. While the main power source that provides the movement in classical hybrids is only the internal combustion engine, the electric motor in plug-in hybrids can also be charged via cable.

Myth 2:

EVs are not more economical or energy saver than gasoline ones.

Fact:

Whether big or small, cars with electric motors save up to 75 percent compared to cars running on organic fuels. EVs use 75% of the chemical energy in the batteries to power the wheels. In internal combustion engines working with petroleum derivatives, the saving rate is around 20 percent at most.

Also, oil is not an unlimited resource for cars. Considering that oil reserves worldwide will decrease over time, electric cars will become much more advantageous in economic terms due to the supply-demand balance.

Already, when you consider current petrol prices, you will see that electric vehicles can be used with much more affordable fuel costs. In particular, we can say that some brands such as Tesla have made a breakthrough in this regard.

For an average electric car to travel about 20,000 km today, it is enough to spend about 500 dollars for electricity. Let’s try to do the same mileage with an internal combustion car. Your pocket may burn!
The energy consumption of electric cars is the key to that level of savings that has always been dreamed of.

Myth 3:

EVs have low range. They are good for short trips only. They can’t cover long distances.

Fact:

This thought may have been true for the past, but another very wrong information for today! With the effect of advanced software and powered batteries, the range of EVs has increased a lot today. It is expected to increase even more in the near future.

The results of an impressive research can actually play a big role in dispelling the myths about charging and range.

In the said study, which reveals the personal travel averages of European countries, it was calculated how many kilometers the cars travel on average per day. As a result, range values ​​such as 15 km for Italy and 35 km for Spain were obtained. The ranges of 40 km in the UK and 60 km in Poland were the longest values ​​among the 6 European countries where the research was conducted. In Turkey, they make an average of 35 km per day.

The values ​​obtained as a result of the research, were recorded as the distances that an economy class electric car can easily travel with a single charge today.

With an electric car, these distances can be covered many times on a monthly average. Even the lowest range electric vehicles can easily travel 3-4 times of these distances.

For example, the Nissan Leaf can travel 240 km with a fully charged battery. Chevrolet Bolt is even more ambitious: 380 km. When we look at hybrid cars, we see that the range can be up to 480 km. Especially when we look at the electric vehicles produced by Tesla, we see that their range can reach up to 800 km. Today, even gasoline vehicles can hardly reach these values.

In addition, studies continue to increase battery capacities in EVs. The battery capacities are increased, and the energy consumption of the vehicles is also reduced. This makes a positive contribution to electric vehicles in terms of range.

As a result, these cars can be easily used not only for short-distance city tours, but also for intercity and international trips.

Myth 4:

Electric vehicles have a short battery life.

Fact:

The batteries of electric vehicles are guaranteed for an average of 8 years or 150,000 km. To give a more concrete example; it has been seen that the Nissan Leaf models used as taxis in America and Europe, maintain 75% of their battery life even after 200,000 km.

A Tesla battery that has traveled more than 320,000 km still has over 90% power.

Myth 5:

EVs’ batteries cause environmental problems

Fact:

At this point, it can be said that the Lithium-ion batteries (commonly used in EVs) are almost perfect for environmentalism. In addition, studies for new generation battery technologies in electronic vehicles are still ongoing. In the name of environmentalism, the best solution continues to be pursued.

Non-electric classic cars also use battery packs. In this regard, very successful solutions have been produced for disposal and recycling. In particular, the production of rechargeable and long-lasting batteries ensures that such concerns will not be experienced for many years.

Myth 6:

It’s not possible to produce adequate electricity for EVs.

With the spread of electric vehicles, electricity has gained an important place (almost like water), in our lives. The concern about whether electricity will be sufficient or not, leads us to another myth: “Adequate electricity production cannot be provided for electric cars”.

Let’s bust this myth with an example:

Suppose there are 40 million cars in Germany, each one of which travels 10,000 km a year. Assume that an electric car consumes an average of 20 kWh of electricity for 100 km. In this case, an annual consumption of 80,000 million kWh would be expected when all conventional vehicles in the country are replaced by EVs.

The energy consumption per capita in Germany is currently 6,600 kWh. Assuming that all cars in the country are converted to electric vehicles, the per capita energy consumption rises to around 7,600 kWh.

That’s all.

The resulting average consumption of electricity still remains much lower than the consumption level of populated countries such as Russia, Belgium and Japan.

Myth 7:

Electric cars are dangerously quiet

It can be a little more difficult to notice electric vehicles, which are too quiet compared to vehicles with internal combustion engines.

But, as soon as it was understood that this situation poses a great danger, especially to pedestrians, many European countries decided to give electric cars an artificial engine sound effect. The European Union developed a law in this regard. Electric vehicles operating in Europe will now have to have artificial engine noise.

The nice thing here is that car owners have a chance to choose the engine sound they want!

EPILOGUE:

We really hope this article helped you put aside some of your preconceptions about electric vehicles. Preconceptions can cause you to miss important advantages in life. And an EV is definitely one of the advantages of our age as well as future. If you plan to include a fast, dynamic, environmentally friendly, safe electric vehicle in your life, stay updated and informed, and join our newsletter!

Sources:

  • https://www.epa.gov/greenvehicles/electric-vehicle-myths
  • https://www.myev.com/research/ev-101/10-common-electric-car-myths-busted
  • https://auto.howstuffworks.com/myths-electic-cars-vehicles.htm
  • https://www.paraf.com.tr/tr/parafmag/elektrikli-araclara-dair-dogru-bilinen-5-yanlis.html

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