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Electric Cars: Myths vs. Realities, Going Into 2017

It wasn’t too long ago that the idea of an electric car seemed like a real pie-in-the-sky idea – the kind of thing you’d see featured on an old-school sci-fi show. But as we go into 2017, not only are

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Prototype 2015 Kia Soul image credit: Lee Colleton

electric cars a reality, but they’re becoming more common by the day.

Unfortunately, this increase in popularity hasn’t led to an increase in understanding electric cars and their abilities. Many people still have basic misconceptions about the vehicles, and this article is intended to help dispel some of those myths.

If you’re not sure what modern electric cars can – and can’t – do, just read on.

Myth: I’m going to run out of juice.

While it’s true that electric cars still aren’t great for cross-country trips, the fact is that the vast majority of Americans don’t often use their cars to drive great distances. Most people drive less than 35 miles per day, which is well within an electric car’s capacity.

Most standard EVs can go 70 to 130 miles on a single charge, and an extended range EV (one that switches to gas when the electricity runs out) can go even further. This is more than enough for the average commuter.

If you have an especially long commute, or you’re in your car for most of your day, then an EV probably isn’t for you (yet). For everyone else, though, it’s got more than enough juice to get the job done.

Myth: It’s been tried before – and it didn’t work.

Technology has come a long way since the last time there was a serious attempt made at an EV. More than that, however, there’s an underlying commitment that just wasn’t there before. Consider:

  • Due to concerns about climate change, there will be more investment in (and incentives for) vehicles that leave a smaller carbon footprint. This means that more companies will throw their hats in the ring, and will allocate more resources to making an EV that really works.
  • Gas prices are likely going to rise significantly in the years to come. This means that consumer demand will be through the roof for a reliable EV – and that’s all manufacturers need to hear.
  • Congress is likely to be more aggressive in the future with emission and fuel economy standards, putting more pressure on auto manufacturers to create an EV that can meet their requirements.
  • There’s more commitment than ever to creating infrastructure for EVs. Charging stations are springing up all over the place, with some fast-charging stations able to re-charge your EV in less than half an hour.

Nissan’s Leaf electric car. (Photo by motorblog, Creative Commons License)

Don’t let the past fool you. Car manufacturers (and consumers) are serious about EVs this time around, and it’s only a matter of time until electric is the rule, not the exception.

Myth: It’s going to cost me a fortune.

Many people are apprehensive about EVs because they’ve heard horror stories about rising electrical bills. While it’s true that your electric bill will go up a bit, those costs are more than offset by the fuel savings.

What’s more, many utility companies are encouraging EV ownership by allowing reduced off-peak charging rates.

These incentives aren’t just about electricity, however. The federal government is serious about encouraging low-emission vehicles, so there are a variety of tax credits that can take the sting out of buying the EV as well, not just running it.

Then there’s maintenance costs. An EV is cleaner and sleeker than a traditional vehicle, meaning it’s less likely to break down as often. In fact, a recent federal study concluded that the average driver could save as much as 46% on annual maintenance costs.

So, if anything, driving a non-EV is costing you money.

Myth: I’ll have to spend hours charging my car.

Since the average driver will have enough on one charge to get them through the day, all they’ll need to do is remember to plug their EV in when they get home at night.

If you forget, then you may have to find a charging station and wait awhile – but more and more fast-charge stations are springing up, making re-charging a breeze.

Besides, taking care of all your re-fueling at home means never having to suffer through a frantic search for a gas station – or standing by your car alone in the middle of the night in a suspicious neighborhood.

EVs Are the Future

If you’re considering investing in an electric car for your next vehicle, the timing has never been better. With faster charge times, reduced ownership costs, and a reduced carbon footprint, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without an EV before.

The future is here…and it’s a pretty sweet ride.

Shaun Fyffe

Shaun Fyffe

Hi, I am Shaun Fyffe and writing is my passion. I have been researching and writing for the auto insurance industry for 10 years. In my spare time I enjoy the outdoors, spending time with my family, sometimes I might go hiking or riding a bike, plus doing the regular hanging out - New York Style!

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