EV Life | 12/27/2017

5 EV Myths, BUSTED


Team ChargePoint

Busting EV Myths

There are a lot of misconceptions about EVs out there. We’re tackling five of them in this post.

1. EVs don’t have enough range—BUSTED

Some people expect EVs to go as long between charges as gas cars go between fill-ups, but they just don’t have to, because you’ll charge your EV more often than you fill up your gas car. Instead of heading to the gas station when the tank is empty, EV drivers top off wherever they go. The average U.S. driver travels only 30 miles a day, well within the range of any EV, and those with long-range driving needs have their pick of EVs with 125+ miles of range like the current Chevy Bolt EV or Tesla Model 3 and 2018 Nissan LEAF or Hyundai Ioniq. 

2. EVs aren't environmentally friendly because electricity comes from coal—BUSTED

EVs cut greenhouse gas emissions in half, no matter how the energy used to charge them is produced. If you live in a state that produces most of its energy from renewable sources, you can reduce your emissions even more. Plus, EVs are far more efficient than gas cars, wasting less of the energy they consume. Find out how much environmental impact you (yes, you!) can have by going electric in our sustainability calculator

3. It takes too long to charge—BUSTED

EV Charging Time vs Idle Time

Charging an EV takes only a few seconds: the time it takes to plug your car in before you go do something else. Just like your cell phone, your car charges while you’re busy doing other stuff. Because cars spend over 90% of the time parked, you’ll have more than enough time to charge: in fact, our network data shows that EV drivers stay parked for 50% longer than they need to charge, on average.

4. EVs are only good for ideal climates—BUSTED

EV Charging in the Snow

You may lose some range in the coldest days of winter, but there are people successfully driving EVs farther north than most of us live (like Alaska). Staying plugged in and keeping your car in a garage will help keep your battery happy. You can also precondition the cabin temperature while plugged in and use seat heaters or steering wheel heaters instead of the climate system to save battery.

5. EV batteries lose range fast—BUSTED

Many EVs these days have an 8-year, 100,000 mile battery warranty, and batteries are generally expected to retain 70-80% of their capacity over 10 years. Unless you’re planning to hold onto your EV for a few decades—by which time we’ll all be jetting around in flying cars anyway—battery degradation shouldn't be a big problem for you.

BONUS MYTH: There aren’t any chargers near me—BUSTED

Check our app to find charging stations near you. You may be surprised to find there are chargers in places you thought you knew well. Even if there isn’t a charger convenient to you, you can easily get your own home charger or plug in to a wall outlet. 

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