4 Electric Car Myths That Are Complete And Utter Rubbish!

The public reception towards electric cars has gotten a lot warmer in the last two or three years. Die-hard petrol heads are still a little cautious to open themselves up to these vehicles, but most people agree their existence is a positive.

With that being said, there is still a lot of misinformation out there surrounding the topic of electric cars, or EVs. People are keen to argue their points against these vehicles, determined to prove they’re not as great as they may seem. More often than not, these claims are complete and utter rubbish. So, we thought it would be fun to run through the biggest electric car myths, and bust them wide open.

Electric Cars Aren’t As Safe As Regular/Hybrid Cars

Bizarrely, some people argue that EVs aren’t as safe as cars that have gasoline engines. This is because they think an electric car can easily run out of battery during long distance journeys, as there aren’t as many charging stations as there are gas stations. In some ways, you can very slightly see the logic behind this – if you’re unlucky, you may run out of juice while driving due to a shortage of charging stations. When this happens, you can cause accidents.

However, to claim they’re more dangerous than regular cars or hybrid cars with gasoline engines is absolute nonsense. For one, any injury lawyer out there that deals with car accidents will tell you there’s less risk involved with electric cars because they’re not filled full of a flammable liquid. Lawyers have had clients come to them with burns that occurred due to an engine catching fire, but this doesn’t happen with electric battery engines. There’s no risk of an explosion if things catch fire either, arguably making them safer. Plus, batteries are smaller than engines, meaning there’s more space in electric cars for other technologies that can help make the car even safer and smarter. Just look at Tesla cars, they’re fully electric and come with some of the smartest safety features around.

Electric cars don't cause traffic congestion

Electric cars don’t cause traffic congestion

Electric Cars Are Slow And Boring

Unbelievably, there are still people out there that think electric cars are slow, boring, machines. They’ll pick a gasoline car over an electric any day, because of the thrill you get from driving one. There’s the rumble of the engine, and the feel of the vibrations as you move through the gears – it’s breathtaking, and you can’t replicate it in an EV.

Okay, true, you don’t get the same roar and rumble from a battery as you do from an engine. However, there are plenty of examples of EVs that provide unreal thrills. Tesla (again) is a prime example here. They release cars that can hit unbelievably top speeds and accelerate quicker than any other car on the market. There’s the BMW i8 as well – an electric supercar. To claim all electric cars are slow and boring is idiotic to the highest extremes. If you want a slow and boring EV, then you can definitely buy one. If you don’t, then there are more thrilling alternatives as well.

 

Electric Cars Are Worse For The Environment Than Gasoline Cars

Yes, you read that right, some people claim EVs are worse for the environment than their gasoline counterparts. What? Why? How? How does someone come to this conclusion? Well, it may sound crazy at first, but there is some considerable evidence that they base this point of off. It may surprise you to know that manufacturing an electric car battery will actually burn more fossil fuels than manufacturing a normal car engine. So, technically speaking, electric cars are worse for the environment from a manufacturers perspective.

But, as with all of these myths, that’s only part of the story. You see, if you take both types of car, and compare them over the course of their life, then there’s no argument which one is better for the environment. EVs have zero emissions, and you don’t have to keep pumping them full of gasoline. Regular cars burn fuel every time they’re turned on, releasing greenhouse gases into the air. It may hurt the environment more to build the electric car, but over the course of a few years, the environmental impact of the regular car far outweighs it. So, no, EVs aren’t worse for the environment on the whole.

Electric Cars Make Congestion Worse

They type of people that make this claim – and they actually do exist, I’m not making this up – are clutching at straws. You see, there’s this really strange thought that electric cars will create more congestion as more people will start to buy cars. The theory is that these cars are marketed as environmentally-friendly, so people may buy them instead of riding a bike into work or walking. Again, I’ve mocked this idea, but I can slightly see where they’re coming from. There is a percentage of consumers that choose to cycle to work to save the environment. They don’t enjoy doing it, so an EV seems like a brilliant alternative.

You’re waiting for the big ‘however’ aren’t you? Well, here it comes. However, this just doesn’t make a great deal of sense. Research suggests that most EV owners simply upgrade their existing car. They’ll sell it or trade it in, and purchase an electric one instead. What’s more, the majority of cyclists or walk-to-workers don’t drive because of convenience. It makes no sense to drive because they don’t live that far away from work, and they can’t be bothered dealing with busy city traffic. So, this notion that electric cars make congestion worse because they bring more cars to the roads is, once again, rubbish.

We’ve had a little bit of fun throughout this article, but it is quite a serious topic. Don’t be fooled by any misinformation out there surrounding electric cars. They are a good thing, and the world should start getting used to the idea of EVs and accommodating them more. If you hear anyone shout about these myths, then you can swiftly put them in their place!

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