Misconceptions about Electric Cars

(4/7/2013) Electric cars may be the future of the automotive industry. Cars like those manufactured by Tesla represent an exciting new advancement for consumers and the environment. But what do you need to know when considering an electric car? In this series, we examine key information to help you step into the future.

After a century away, electric cars are making a major reentrance into the car market. Nearly every major car manufacturer has created an electric vehicle model for sale, and with a system of government incentives, an increasing push for reduced environmental footprint, and a desire to reduce dependence on foreign oil, electric cars are poised to make major inroads.

But holding the growth back is misunderstandings and misconceptions on the part of buyers. Many potential purchasers of electric vehicles are turned off by rumors and mistakes. Here, then, we clear the air.

    • Cost too high. Many people don't realize that electric vehicles require a substantially higher purchase price than regular cars. The sticker shock can get in the way of recognizing an essential truth — the higher upfront cost can be recouped by reduced costs in other areas. Electricity as a pwer source is much cheaper than gas, can be predicted much easier, and electric cars don't need most of the routine and costly maintenance of gas-powered cars.

    • Range too little. It is true that electric cars can drive up to 100 miles before needing a recharge. Many consumers believe that this amount is not nearly enough for their needs. But in fact, numerous studies indicate most drivers travel an average of only 30 miles a day. For most consumers, electric cars can fulfill the daily commute needs, and be charged overnight to be ready again.

    • Impact too small. Some potential buyers are intrigued and convinced by the need to reduce their environmental footprint, but believe that swapping tailpipe emissions for power plant waste won't have a real impact. In fact, electric cars emit approximately half the amount of carbon pollution per mile as gas-fueld cars. Electricity is a much cleaner energy source start to finish.

    • Driving too different. Many buyers expect that electric cars differ dramatically from their gas-powered car. In truth, electric cars have just as if not more accelerating power, speed, and responsiveness due to their use of battery. And the experience may even be improved — electric cars are notoriously quiet without as much mechanical hum.

    • Choices too limited. Today consumers have a wide variety of choices when it comes to electric cars, from sleek luxury roadsters to sharp daily commuters to SUVs.

When drivers understand the truth about electric cars, they can consider if the option is right for them as part of a bigger buying decision.

For Additional Reading:

Debunking Electric Car Myths:

Electric Vehicle Misconceptions in Survey: http://www.thechargingpoint.com/news/Electric-vehicle-misconceptions-confirmed-in-survey.html



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