Although electric vehicles are still slow to gain market share in the US automobile market, only representing 3% of all sales in 2021, many consumers still consider them the cars of the future. Many experts estimate that the 3% will grow to 10% by 2025, and even pass the 50% mark by 2050.
It appears people are still slow to get on board with purchasing an EV. Perhaps it could be there high price point. Or maybe it could be the many myths and stereotypes surrounding electric vehicles. Below is a list of 4 of the most common myths associated with electric vehicles.
#1: EVs don’s have enough range limiting how far you can travel
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Americans drive an average of 40 miles a day. Even the shortest range electric vehicles can travel over twice that distance before needing a recharge. The most affordable Nissan Leaf can run an average of 150 miles with the more expensive models like the Tesla Model S maxing out at 335 per charge.
#2: Electric vehicles are too expensive
Yes, it is true that electric vehicles are priced at a premium relative to gasoline powered cars. Although, there are opportunities for federal tax credit for specific makers and models. Also, there is the option to purchase a pre-owned EV. Pre-owned EVs typically have less wear and tear than gasoline pre-owned vehicles due to their range which also means they can be purchased with less mileage.
#3: EVs are costly to maintain and repair
EVs actually cost less to keep running than gas powered vehicles. Electric vehicles don’t require oil changes or tune ups. There are also fewer moving parts that could eventually fail and need replacing. EVs have a simple one speed transmission and are produced without items such as spark plugs, valves, fuel tank, starter, and catalytic converter, to name a few.
#4: They’re not greener than gas powered vehicles
Many argue EVS still indirectly pollute the atmosphere via the power plants that produce the electricity necessary to power them. However, in many states where EVs are popular, like California and New York, charging your EV will have less of an affect because of the renewable energy resources that are more prevalent in those states. Even in states where fossil fuels are more common, a study by the Union of Concerned Scientists found EVs are generally responsible for less pollution than conventional vehicles in all regions of the U.S.
Electric motors also convert nearly 75 percent of the chemical energy from the batteries to power the wheels, with the engines of gas powered vehicles only converting 20 of the energy stored in gasoline. Electric vehicles also do not emit any direct tailpipe pollutants.
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