Top Five Misconceptions Surrounding Electric Cars
Even though electric cars have been around for a long time (see ‘History of Electric Cars’) I’m asked a lot of times the same question regarding electric vehicle,over and over again . Therefore, it becomes necessary to communicate and tackle all of the misconceptions that dissuade people from buying electric cars.
These misconceptions have been systematically placed in the minds of consumers by manufacturers and lobbyists, or often due to plain ignorance.
Misconception No 1: Electric cars are not as green as you think!
Most people would say that it causes more pollution to manufacture electric cars, as compared to gasoline-driven cars. Since most of the power-generation grid runs on coal, hence the argument that electric cars are not as green as you think.
It is important to acknowledge the bias and somewhat half-baked truth; yes, the EV’s manufacturing process creates more pollution; true, the grid runs on coal.
However, when you push the paddle on your vehicle, the fuel cars convert only 20–30% of the gasoline. It means 70% of your money spent on the fuel goes waste. On the other hand, electric cars have 90% efficiency!
The electric grid is switching to renewable energy at an unprecedented rate; slowly, we can convert millions of cars to zero carbon emissions . The manufacturing pollution cost can thus be recouped over time quickly.
Electric cars are not releasing all of the harmful gasses in the air and there’s no future for the conventional cars to be environment-friendly.
Misconception 2: Electric cars cause range-anxiety!
Are there enough charging stations?
What is the range of the electric vehicle on a full charge?
To be fair, the above said concerns are valid; it has been an issue in the past. Here is my answer to all of these concerns:
Over 90 percent of the population use their cars in the city; thus, the range is good for a city-driving experience. An overnight charging is sufficient for daily use. Further, there are charging stations being built all across major freeways.
Misconception №3: Electric cars will crash the grid!
There are many articles that propagate the idea that the electric grid is going to crash as the production isn’t enough to charge the electric cars.
The electrical grid is continually upgraded and expanded at an unprecedented rate. There’s a study that states that people who buy electric cars are more likely to put up solar panels than any other individuals. It means that this will reduce pressure on the grid system to perform.
Additionally, many of the charging stations are planning to go solar/off the grid. For example, Tesla’s supercharging network will soon go solar. This fear of ‘system crashing’ is inaccurate and false.
Misconception №4: Hydrogen fuel cells are the future!
This is an argument that oil and car lobbyists keep using — ‘Hydrogen cars are better than electric cars’.
The problem with hydrogen cars is that they are very inefficient; the cars are too expensive!
Since electric cars are already up and running, there’s no point arguing for a technology (hydrogen-cell cars) that is far from ever being utilised. They have never been commercially viable; in fact, automakers have used hydrogen fuel-cells to defer the electric cars technology.
Misconception №5: Electric cars cause more mining as compared to gasoline cars
There is some truth that it requires extensive mining for the production of electric cars. However, every part of the car is recyclable. The battery could be recycled and recycling of the car would slowly get more efficient than ever before. Companies have a closed loop system (factories that use parts made from recycled materials). They have already stopped using rare earth materials by not replacing the magnetic systems that require one.
In the end, there are some disadvantages with every technology. However, at the end of the day, it is all about using a technology which is better for our future.
The arguments will continue to be thrown around but it is our job to educate people on the benefits and remove some doubts.