Despite the fact that electric car sales are exploding, there’s still a lot of misinformation floating around about electric vehicles (EVs). Many of the myths surrounding electric vehicles had a kernel of truth perhaps 10 years ago or more, but with today’s technology, these five myths can be put to rest:
1. Electric Cars Are Slow
Early modern electric vehicles focused on efficiency. Still, it wasn’t long before companies realized that electric motors could put out massive amounts of instant torque.
Upon its introduction in 2021, the fully electric Tesla Model S Plaid boasted the fastest acceleration of any regular production car ever, able to run a ¼-mile in just over nine seconds. Similarly, the electric Rimac Nevera hypercar puts out nearly 2,000 horsepower and hits 171 mph — in reverse.
2. Electric Cars Don’t Have Much Range
Many people think long trips are impossible with EVs. But while some electric vehicles still have relatively short ranges, such as the KIA EV6 GT’s 206-mile EPA range, EV range in general is increasing. Tesla’s Model S boasts EPA range estimates of up to 405 miles. The Lucid Grand Touring carries a range estimate of 516 miles.
Meanwhile, the average driver in the U.S. only travels 37 miles per day, which is far lower than the range estimate of even the most inefficient EV.
3. Electric Cars Are Worse for the Environment
While it's true that EV battery manufacturing has a larger CO2 impact than that of an internal combustion engine (ICE) car, it only takes around 11,000 to 13,000 miles for an EV to become the more environmentally friendly option. The gap only widens further the longer a driver keeps their EV.
4. Charging Is Too Slow
There are three levels of charging, each faster than the last. Level One is the lowest and is what you get with a household 120V outlet. This is good enough for people who only drive 20 miles a day. But when you step up to Level Two, an EV can get up to 32 miles from just one hour of charging.
By Level Three, an electric car can add 250 miles of range in as little as 30 minutes. Use a Tesla Supercharger, and you can get 200 miles of range in only 15 minutes!
5. Electric Vehicles Are Expensive to Fix and Maintain
With fewer moving parts than their ICE counterparts, EVs can actually be cheaper to keep running. While an internal combustion engine may have dozens or hundreds of parts, an electric motor has two or three.
Many EVs don’t even use transmissions, eliminating a massive potential failure point, and some mount the wheels directly to the motors, meaning there are no differentials, CV joints, or half shafts.
Thinking About Going Electric?
If you’re interested in switching to an electric car, don’t let these myths sway you. With today’s technology, EVs can be a reliable option, no matter your needs.