EV Myth Busting

With so much information about electric vehicles and their capabilities, it can be hard to make a decision about whether an EV is right for you.

To help, we've busted some of the most common EV myths for you.

If you still need help, please contact us.

Myth: You can't drive very far in an EV Actually, most EVs have a real-world range of 140 miles or more. That's plenty when you consider that 98% of journeys in the UK are less than 50 miles. Some EVs like the Kia e-Niro and Soul EV have a real-world range of 280 miles!
Myth: They take too long to charge It's very rare that you need to charge an electric car from empty - the majority of the time you're just topping up. However, if you did want to charge from 0%, a 7kW home or workplace charger will charge a typical EV in around 10 hours. If you're on the road, a rapid charger will give you 80% charge in just 40 mins - perfect time to stop for a break or grab a coffee.
Myth: There's nowhere to charge EVs Most vehicle charging is done at home or at work, so the majority of drivers wake up or leave work without having to think about charging on the road. If you do need to charge on the road, there are more than 30,000 public charge points in the UK across more than 10,800 locations (Zap-map.com/statistics).
Myth: They're too slow A few seconds behind the wheel of an EV is enough to debunk this myth. Electric vehicles produce maximum torque at all revs, so only need one forward gear. This means instant, rapid acceleration without needing to find the correct gear first.
Myth: Electric cars are too expensive Electric cars usually have a slightly higher On The Road price, but this is offset by the plug-in car grant and considerably reduced running costs. EVs have lower Service, Maintenance and Repair costs, cost significantly less to fuel and could save you thousands of pounds per year in BIK tax alone. When you look at Whole Life Costs, electric vehicles can cost considerably less than traditional cars.
Myth: You can't drive or charge them in the wet You most definitely can - you can drive or charge an electric vehicle whatever the weather. It's also fine to drive them through a car wash.
Myth: They're less safe in an accident Electric vehicles are subject to the same safety tests and standards as regular cars. In fact, some studies have shown that electric vehicles are safer in an accident and less prone to catching fire than petrol or diesel equivalents ^.
Myth: The batteries don't last The battery packs in EVs generally come with long warranty’s, typically 7 or 8 years and 100,000-mile warranty. Modern Lithium-ion Polymer batteries have turned out to be far more robust than originally thought - a recent study has shown that a Soul EV that's almost three years old have lost just over 1% of its total battery capacity ^^.