The popularity of electric vehicles is soaring, yet myths about EV’s are still putting doubt into the minds of drivers when it comes to buying one.

In this blog, we look to eliminate any fears you may have about driving an electric vehicle, and give you a better understanding of how EV’s will play an important part of future motoring.

There’s Not Enough Charging Infrastructure

One big concern you’ll hear from road users is that there’s not enough places to charge your electric vehicle. As of January 2023, the UK had 37,055 public charging devices, a number that is steadily rising. The amount of rapid charging devices available is increasing too and make up a significant portion of the public chargers available.

Home charging points are now an option too, meaning users can charge their vehicles overnight ready for the following day. The more home chargers are installed, the less people will depend on public chargers, filling the gap in public charging infrastructure.

EVs Take Too Long to Charge

Another concern about electric vehicles is that they take ‘too long’ to charge. Charging technology is evolving rapidly, and fast-charging stations can recharge a battery to 80% in as little as 30 minutes. This is a game changer, especially for those long distance drivers who need fast charging solutions.

As mentioned above, home charging is now much more common, meaning users can charge their vehicle overnight so not to and an impact on their day, much like a mobile phone.

EVs Have Limited Range

While at present it is true that an electric vehicle cannot travel as far as a regular combustion engine, advancements in technology means the driving range of electric vehicles has increased. Many electric vehicles now have a range of 200 miles, with some as high as 300 miles per single charge, making driving an EV more suitable for a wider range of drivers.

The expanding network of public chargers also further alleviates range anxiety as charging points are more readily available on during longer journeys.

Petrol Vehicles Perform Better Than Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles are recognised for their superior performance, notably the instant torque and rapid acceleration, and outperform many petrol and diesel cars in terms of agility and responsiveness, therefore providing a smoother and more satisfying driving experience.

Electric Vehicles Don’t Like Cold Weather

Cold temperatures can affect the efficiency of a battery, meaning reduced range in an electric vehicle. Studies have shown that the range of an electric vehicle can decrease in colder weather, but it is also important to note that the same can be said for ICE vehicles, too.

To counter act this, modern EV’s are equipped with battery preconditioning features that warm up the battery before charging to increase efficiency in colder temperatures. Drivers can also start the vehicle while it is plugged in as this preheats the battery using grid power instead of the car’s own energy reserves.

Our conclusion

A look at the myths above show that many people’s fears about EV’s are based on outdated perceptions. Previous limitations are being overcome thanks to the rapid advancements in technology, meaning range, performance and convenience in electric vehicles is increasing.

The growing confidence in electric vehicles is reflected in the recent sales of vehicles, with Tesla’s Model Y leading the market in 2023 with over 772,000 units being sold.

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