Recently, U.S. News compiled a list of the biggest misconceptions potential customers have about owning an e-vehicle and did its best to allay any fears that might be associated with buying one. Here are five reasons why people don’t buy an electric car, and why those reasons are wrong.
- Electric cars do not have enough range
One of the biggest misconceptions about e-vehicles is the idea that range is a massive problem in daily use. According to U.S. News, while it’s true that previous e-vehicles often had a double-digit range, a new electric vehicle can go much longer without needing to be recharged, and we are not even talking about luxury e-vehicles. The Chevrolet Bolt, one of the most affordable electric vehicles on the road, has a range of over 250 miles on a single charge. For small internal combustion cars like the Chevy Spark, with a maximum gasoline range of about 300 miles per tank, the difference is barely noticeable.
- Batteries degrade, and they are expensive to replace
Indeed, batteries in any electronic device lose capacity over time. However, many consumers see their cell phone batteries draining and fear the same will happen with their e-vehicles. Electric car manufacturers build these batteries to last, and many companies offer a 100,000-mile warranty or an eight-year full warranty on the battery. Recent studies have shown that Tesla vehicles lose only about 8% of their battery capacity after 150,000 miles. That means Tesla vehicles could still have 80% of their original capacity after 500,000 miles – many more miles than any gas-powered car will ever travel.
- Electric cars catch fire
While it’s true that some electric vehicle fires have made headlines recently due to sensational articles about the dangers of electric car fires, the truth is that gas-powered vehicles have more combustible components than electric vehicles. There are countless fires caused by gas-powered cars, not e-vehicles. Electric cars use lithium-ion batteries, like your cell phone and computer, but are you worried about them catching fire? Probably not, so you should not worry about fires in e-vehicles either.
- It’s not easy to get an e-vehicle repaired
Since electric vehicles are now ubiquitous, you can get repairs and services done on your EVs at almost any dealership across the country. No specialist is needed to repair your Chevy Bolt. Just take it to any Chevrolet dealer. Other companies like Rivian and Tesla will bring a repair team to your home to fix your EVs while you wait at home, making electric car repair much more convenient than gas-powered vehicles.
- Charging takes too long
As with other aspects of electric car ownership, many cautious consumers think that having an electric vehicle makes you late for work because you have to wait for the car to charge for the morning commute. For most drivers, refueling takes place in a different time frame. With a gasoline-powered car, you typically spend a few minutes a week at the pump to fill up. With an electric car, on the other hand, charging takes place either at work or at home while one is not using the car, meaning the vehicle is charged while one is busy doing other things. For road trips, technology is improving, and many vehicles can charge hundreds of miles in just 15 minutes at a fast-charging station.