Busting Electric Vehicle Myths
Electric vehicles (EV) aren’t just for short trips close to home. Technological advancements and an ever-expanding charging network have made EVs a good fit for just about everyone.
Even though EVs are becoming more common, some myths remain. Stearns Electric Association wants its member-consumers to know the truth about this growing technology.
Myth 1: They’re expensive
The fuel and maintenance costs of an EV is three to five times cheaper than gasoline- and diesel-powered cars, depending on your local gasoline and electric rates. You might also qualify for a federal tax credit of up to $7,500 for the initial purchase of the vehicle.
Myth 2: They don’t go very far
The average range of today’s EVs is 196 miles on a full charge. The average American’s daily round-trip mileage is less than 30 miles, which makes most models of EVs suitable for the typical commuter.
Myth 3: There’s no place to charge them
Most charging can be completed with the regular outlet in your garage at night. Just plug into the 120-volt Level 1 charging cordset that comes with the car. You can also invest in more powerful chargers to power up faster. For road trips, public charging stations are becoming more readily available every day.
Myth 4: They don’t have the performance of traditional cars
While most EVs may not currently look as exciting as a sports car, looks can be deceiving – and the acceleration of EVs is no exception. Several models have already set new records at race tracks and vehicle performance events around the world.