With electric cars now becoming more and more prevalent, those in the market for a new vehicle will often take a moment to at least consider exploring one as an option. Unfortunately, it is common for these considerations to be nullified before ever developing into a commitment.
A major reason for this, is that – despite the enormous advancements in technology and availability - various myths around electric cars still pervade.
In this piece, we aim to expose these myths for what they really are – myths.
Myth: Electric cars have a poor range
Today’s electric cars are capable of covering distances between 200 miles (London to Manchester) and 300 miles (London to Newcastle) on a single charge. For example, with one full boost of the battery, the following cars have a range of:
· 282 miles – The Kia e-Niro
· 245 miles - The Renault Zoe
· 239 miles - The Nissan LEAF
· 217 miles - The Peugeot E-208
There’s no need to worry about the car suddenly conking out because the battery has run out either. Electric cars give alerts well ahead of when a charge is needed and most will direct you to the nearest charging point on the built-in sat-nav.
Myth: There’s not much choice
As a new type of vehicle, the variety of electric cars is not as plentiful as within the fossil-fuel powered market, but there is still an abundance of choice. Moreover, the electric car market is expanding exponentially and new models are rolling off the production line all the time.
Indeed, most major car manufacturers offer electric or hybrid alternatives and are releasing new versions regularly. Fiat, for example, launched its first fully electric car this year with a battery-powered version of the famous Fiat 500, the 500 La Prima.
Joining the La Prima around the same time will be Dacia’s debut into the electric market with their mini SUV, the Spring, and by Christmas 2021 Nissan’s electric crossover, The Ariya, with its remarkable 310-mile range, will be driving away from forecourts up and down the country.
Myth: There’s hardly any charging points
True, if the 30,000+ charge points across the UK equates to ‘hardly any’. Each one of these points can also be found through dedicated apps such as Zap Map.
Charge points are also easy to use. Though there can be differences between them in the way they work (depending on the networks they run on) the only effort that’s generally required is tapping an app on your phone and selecting the charger you want to use.
Given the fact that charge points have come down so much in price in recent years, many electric car owners also have points installed at home and even more workplaces have them installed too, making the need to charge while on the road a rarity.
Myth: Charging takes too long
This does depend on the size of battery within the car and the speed of the charge point being used, but from 0% to 100% can take as little as 30 minutes or as much as 12 hours.
However – and this is crucial – it is rare that electric cars ever run down to zero. Most of the time, owners simply top up their charges as and when. Should it happen that, for example, you arrive to work almost empty, a 7kW workplace charger will bring a model such as the Kia e-Nero to 100% in around 10 hours i.e., by clocking off time, you’ll return to a fully charged car.
If you should find yourself on the road and out of juice, a 100kW forecourt rapid charger will boost you to 80% in around 45 mins, while you grab a coffee.
Myth: Electric cars are too expensive
On the face of it, yes, they are, certainly if all you’re looking at is the RRP. But the RRP does not tell the whole story. Not by a long way.
For starters, the cost of an electric car can be significantly offset by the plug-in car grant and overtime, quite dramatically by the reduced running costs. Electric vehicles in general also have much lower service, maintenance, and repair costs and fully electric cars are exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty (VED).
Then there’s HMRC. Though Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax must be paid if an electric car is going to be used for company purposes, the BiK rate stands at a paltry 1%, meaning savings galore for those businesses with all electric fleets.
To top it off, electric cars are proving to hold their value remarkably well, so when it comes to selling, you’ll be in a much stronger position than those attempting to unload their petrol and diesel alternatives.
All of the above demonstrates why electric cars are not more expensive than the fossil fuel guzzlers. In fact, when you peel away the RRP and look at ‘whole lifecycle cost’, they usually work out cheaper.