It’s natural to be a little wary when exploring something new for the first time. New relationships, new ideas, and new technology all take some time for us to understand and ultimately trust. As such, it’s understandable why individuals feel a little uncertain about the prospect of electric vehicles– after all, gasoline-powered automobiles have been successfully getting us around for over a century. Why bother with a new type of vehicle?
This line of thinking has led many individuals to be suspicious of electric vehicles (EVs) and electric vehicle charging methods. It goes without saying that innovative electric cars have the potential to reduce significant amounts of harmful fuel emissions. However, many people still doubt electric vehicles. Myths about their engine power, affordability, and practicality cause some to decide against purchasing the car of the future.
If you’re thinking about buying a new vehicle, don’t reject electric models because of common misconceptions. Here are two more myths about electric vehicles and electric vehicle charging stations that are completely false:
MYTH: “EVs have a short range– forget roadtrips!”
Many people fear that electric vehicles are impractical because they will only be able to travel to the store and back before needing a charge. Others also claim that EV drivers could easily get stranded, since EV stations are few and far between when compared to gas stations. However, neither of these beliefs hold up to scrutiny. Most Americans only drive about 50 miles per day, while many EV models can go hundreds of miles on a single charge – more than enough for daily use! As for longer trips, you have many options when buying an electric vehicle. A Tesla has a range over 300 miles, while EVAdoption predicts that the average fully electric vehicle will reach an 200+ miles this year. With each year, that number continues to grow, making electric cars more practical than ever before.
But what about once you’re on your roadtrip? Since December 31, 2017, there were about 20,178 EV public and private charging locations in the US, with 17,526 (86.9%) available to the public. Travelers on cross-country roadtrips are finding more and more public charging stations in major cities and along popular highways thanks to Electrify America and financial incentives from states looking to boost their tourism. When planning your trip, just check Google Maps, PlugShare, or the SemaConnect app to find public charging stations along your route.
MYTH: “Electric vehicles can barely top 55mph”
Too many people equate electric vehicles to golf carts or remote control toys– once they pull away from EV stations, they crawl onto the road, rev pathetically, and creep along until they max out their speed at 45 mph. As such, some individuals believe that electric vehicles are only practical for running errands in urban settings. However, electric cars can actually accelerate much faster than a gasoline car, since the electric motor can generate 100% of its available torque instantly. In fact, Tesla’s second-generation Roadster is claimed to be the fastest production car in the world, only requiring 1.9 seconds to reach 60 mph, and boasting a top speed over 250 mph. This week, we even saw a video of an electric semi truck accelerating faster than the typical internal combustion semi.
Electric vehicles are more powerful, fun, and practical than many people realize. With benefits like cheaper charging costs (when did you last refuel your gas car at $1 per gallon?), reduced emissions, and a fun drive, they’re definitely worth the purchase.
Did you miss Part One? Click here to read more debunked myths.