Today, even with the clear benefits of electric cars, there are consumers who are hesitant to switch to electric vehicles. There are 3 myths about electric cars in the U.S. that are easy to dispel.
1. Are electric cars more expensive than cars with internal combustion engines?
In 2018, the initial price of an electric vehicle was still, on average, higher than that of a traditional gasoline vehicle. However, the true price of a vehicle includes the costs of owning and operating it. The Electric Power Research Institute conducted a study. It looked at the costs of operating an all-electric Nissan Leaf (using this Nissan Leaf charging cost calculator you can calculate your expenses for the maintenance of an electric car) and a plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt. The study showed that electric cars are in many cases cheaper to own than conventional cars. This is achieved due to cheap electricity and lower maintenance costs.
To subsidize the cost of electric cars, governments in major countries and cities where electric cars are common offer financial incentives to electric car buyers. The U.S. federal government provides tax credits of up to $7500 for buyers who purchase electric cars.
The initial costs of electric cars are likely to decrease over time. According to Reuters, major automakers recently invested at least $300 billion in batteries and electric vehicles. These investments, combined with rapid improvements in battery technology and lower battery prices, will also drive down the cost of electric cars.
2. Are there enough charging stations to use an electric car?
Despite the benefits of electric cars, many are still hesitant to make the switch to electric vehicles. A survey was conducted in 2018. The main reason why more than half of those surveyed are not considering an electric car as their next vehicle is insufficient charging spots.
Most current electric car owners charge at home. However, not every driver has the ability to charge at home. Many rent or live in apartments.
California, New Jersey and New York, have announced a joint investment of $1.3 billion in additional charging infrastructure. Consumers are waiting for more charging stations to appear. There are already startups with technology solutions that currently allow electric car owners access to daily charging.
Some startups are expanding access to reliable charging options for electric cars. With some apps, it is planned that electric car drivers find and reserve time and space at charging stations. Such charging stations are rented out by homeowners and businesses.
3. Does the Tesla drive long distances?
According to the survey, 58% of consumers said they would not own electric cars. They fear the electric car’s range won’t be enough to drive long distances.
The average range of an electric car today is 190 miles. The range of traditional gasoline cars, by comparison, is 430 miles.
With increased investment and improved battery technology, the problem of electric cars’ limited range will gradually be solved. Faster chargers will soon be available. See the EV charging time calculator.
There are currently three levels of charging speeds for electric cars. The difference between these three levels is significant. Level 1 can provide a range of up to 5 miles. Level 3 is 180 to 240 miles per hour.
While charging speed may be attractive to consumers, it is more important to have sufficient range for an electric vehicle. Visit this easy-to-use tesla-range-calculator to help you calculate the distance that an electric car will travel when charged at each station.
For Tesla electric cars, it is possible to use the J1772 to Tesla adapter to expand the charging capabilities of the electric car. Also available for Tesla are extension cables, which are more suitable for home charging.
The Volta Network can provide free public charging stations that integrate with everyday activities. Charging your electric car is possible during a 30-minute visit to the grocery store or watching a two-hour movie at the local movie theater.
There are disadvantages of large suppliers like Supercharger. There is no way to recharge an electric car at this station if it is not made by Tesla Motors. And it’s not just about the charging port connector, but other compatibility as well. Therefore, the adapter for charging a non-Tesla car from a Tesla charging station at home remains suitable only for Level 2 stations.
Cities and states are focusing on consumer education. There are plans to increase the number of charging points and stations in public places. Private startups are developing innovative solutions to expand access to electric vehicle charging.
Despite common myths, the economy is gearing up for electrified transportation. Many energy, automotive, and economic experts agree that our future will depend on an electrified transportation system.