Common Electric Car Myths Busted

09 September 2021 Blog

There are a lot of myths and ‘Chinese whispers’ when it comes to electric vehicles (EVs). We clear up a few preconceptions we are all guilty of having and provide you with the knowledge and confidence to consider an EV as your next car purchase.

Myth 1 - There aren’t enough charging points available

Were you aware that there are over 35,000 charging points available across the UK already? Of course, in time more and more charging points will be installed across the UK, but for now you certainly won’t have any difficulty in finding a charging point should you need one while you are on your travels.

 

Myth 2 - It costs too much to get a charging point installed at home

If you were covering the whole cost of getting a charging point installed, you could be looking at a cost of anything from £450 to £800. However, the government are providing financial support and there are grants available for people making the switch to electric. This will cover anything up to 75% of the total installation cost to help people financially in making the switch.

Over 40 manufacturers have now made charging units suitable for residential use, so they are readily available & suitable for whichever electric vehicle takes your fancy.

 

Myth 3 - Electric vehicles do not get you very far

This preconception was quite accurate when electric vehicle’s first came to market. Technology has developed a huge amount in a short space of time and will continue to do so.

The average modern day EV will have a range of roughly 150 miles, that’s more than enough or a week of driving for many of us! There are also many options out there for people that do higher mileage that touch a range of 200+ miles per charge.

 

Myth 4 - I can’t afford an electric vehicle

It is important to look at the bigger picture. Is there really a bad time to buy an electric vehicle? Eventually all of us will be driving an EV whether we like it or not and when we all get rid of our petrol and diesel vehicles, what will they be worth as an asset in the future?

Electric will give you a lot more stability in the market as this is going to be the future, so we see it as a very smart investment.

There are monthly options to ease the pressure financially. On a Personal Contract Plan (PCP), not only will you get a low monthly payment, but also plenty of equity in your vehicle as we expect electric vehicles to hold value particularly well as a used car (as this is what we are all going to be buying in the market further down the line).

EV running costs are generally lower than that of our petrol and diesel vehicles. The cost per mile of an electric is considerably lower than that of its counterparts as electricity costs a lot less than fuel.

 

Myth 5 - The batteries are really expensive to replace

Most manufacturers will provide a significant warranty for their power packs, which is not only a sign they are extremely confident in their build quality, but also brilliant peace of mind for us should we ever need one replacing.

 

Myth 6 – Electric cars takes too long to charge

Your typical EV comes with a standard 60kWh battery. From empty to full, you are looking at a maximum of 8 hours of charge. That may seem like a long time, but most will just charge as they go, that way it will be a much shorter charging time and you will never have the worry of running out of charge while you are out and about.

Below are 3 popular EVs and their average **empty to full charging times** depending on your choice of battery:

Model

Battery

3.7kW (slow)

7kW (fast)

22kW (fast)

43-50kW (rapid)

Nissan Leaf

 

40kWh

11 hours

6 hours

6 hours

1 hour

Tesla Model S

 

75kWh

21 hours

11 hours

5 hours

2 hours

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

13.8kWh

4 hours

4 hours

4 hours

40 minutes

 

The most common household charge points are often 3.7kW and 7kW. Top up charging is recommended not only for your convenience but also your battery health. If you imagine your mobile phone, the battery quality can deteriorate if it is constantly left on charge beyond what it needs to be.