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As is the case with most new and rapidly expanding technologies, there are many misconceptions regarding the capability, diversity, and price of electric vehicles (EVs). Below we have debunked the six most common myths about EVs found in consumer culture today:
Range is an Issue
Although range is a common fear amongst those considering buying an EV, it seldom becomes troublesome for EV owners. While all-electric vehicles feature plenty of range for the average driver, there are many range extended EVs that are perfect for those with a heavier driving schedule. An added benefit of driving electric in Northern Colorado is that you are never more than six miles from an EV charger and many locations offer quick-charge capability, which will charge an EV to 80% battery capacity in under 30 minutes. Also, most new models feature a built-in GPS charging station finder to make locating a charger even easier. To view the different models and types of EVs on the market today, visit the DENC Consumer Vehicle Gallery on our website. You will find that almost every major auto manufacturer has an EV on the market today!
EVs Are Slow
With immediate torque from the electric motor, EVs have stronger acceleration and operate smoother than traditional gas-powered cars. Aside from quick acceleration, EVs have many more advantages over traditional vehicles such as 90 percent energy storage-to-torque efficiency, compared to just 35% for gas cars. Many people who test drive an electric vehicle for the first time are astounded by the disconnect between the sluggish perception of EVs and the reality they experience. To learn more about EV technology, visit the Technology and Innovation section on the DENC website.
EVs Are Expensive
People often cite the cost of EV as a reason they choose not to purchase one. However, with special pricing programs through DENC, Northern Coloradoans have been able to purchase EVs for as low as $10,000! Additionally, once you factor in both state and federal tax credits, lower maintenance costs, and savings on fuel, EVs offer significant savings over gas cars throughout their lifetime. A major reason for this is the simplicity of the electric drivetrain and the many fewer moving parts in comparison to conventional internal combustion engines—plug-in electric vehicles do not have crankshafts, pistons, valves, coolant, or multi-speed transmissions. Many routine tasks that motorists are currently accustomed to—such as oil changes—are no longer required, while other parts—such as brakes—require less frequent replacement due to the use of regenerative braking technology. Research suggests that the costs of maintenance and repairs are 35 percent lower for vehicles powered by electricity in comparison to those powered using a conventional internal combustion engine. To see how much money an electric vehicle can save you, view the Savings section on the DENC website or visit the EV Comparison Calculator to compare your current gas car to an EV and see how much you will save (in annual gallons of gas consumed and financial cost!).
Charging is Difficult
Studies have found that more than 80 percent of EV charging happens at the home or at the workplace. Each EV comes with a charging cable that can be plugged in to a regular household outlet in your garage or outside your home. Many EV owners simply plug in their car overnight and awake to a fully-charged battery the next morning. However, for those rare occasions when it is necessary to charge away from home, many locations offer free or low-cost ($1 per hour for Level 2 or $3 per charge for DC Fast Charge) charging, and companies like ChargePoint are working on making the charging process even more streamlined and simple. To find where there are charging stations around you, please view the DENC charging station map. If you live in an apartment, there are companies like EverCharge that are working to help apartment complexes install charging outlets or stations for tenants. If you would like help bringing this service to your apartment complex, please contact DENC and we would be happy to assist with this process.
Additionally, charging an electric vehicle is as safe and convenient as charging a cell phone. Households can also install a Level 2 charging station, which will charge your EV in half the time as a regular 110V outlet. The amount of electricity traveling from these charging stations to the vehicle is about the same as what goes to your clothes dryer, and the charging equipment is fully grounded. For these stations a charge only flows once connecting parts are safely interlocked. Be sure to hire a reputable electrician to install your home charging equipment, in order to ensure that it adheres to the highest possibly electrical safety standards. Publicly-installed charging stations are independently certified for safety and are installed pursuant to all relevant local and federal codes and regulations.
Limited Model Availability
Although many consumers believe that EV models are limited and uniform, there is actually a wide variety to choose from, from all-wheel drive SUVs, to pick up trucks, and mini-vans coming soon. Currently, there are already over 24 models of electric vehicles currently available to consumers with more being released every year. In fact, Audi recently announced its plans to release a new EV model every year, a sign that EV models will continue their trend towards diversification. DENC works to provide an up-to-date list of EV models for you to easily compare and find the model that works best for you. To view a list of all available consumer EV models, click here.
Many prospective EV owners also voice concerns relating to battery longevity, believing that it will be necessary to undergo an expensive battery replacement just a few years into the car’s lifespan. In fact, EV on the market today have a full vehicle warranty for 8-10 year or 8,000-10,000 miles. Additionally as more EVs are on the road battery cost will continue to decrease, suggesting that when your vehicle warranty is up, if you need to replace a cell in your battery it will cost even less than it does today.