There is no doubting the age of electric vehicles (EVs) is dawning and sales are consistently on the up, but there’s still a few misconceptions that the new technology needs to tackle.
Those issues have been found in a poll conducted by the UK motoring body, the AA.
The AA research shows there are five key misconceptions that are proving a barrier to increased EV ownership.
These misconceptions include:
- High purchase price (82% concerned)
- Availability of public charging points (81%)
- Time to offset higher purchase price through fuel & taxation savings (68%)
- Durability of battery (65%)
- Limited range for my day-to-day needs (59%)
While the AA countered these misconceptions with these six responses:
- There are government grants available (in the UK) to encourage EV ownership
- Many plug in hybrids are already priced at a very similar price to the equivalent diesel
- There are more than 4,000 publically accessible charge points available in the UK
- It can cost as little at 2p per mile ($0.04 AUD/1.6km) to power an EV.
- Batteries in older EVs are already aging much better than engineers had predicted. Many EV car manufacturers are now providing battery warranties of around eight years.
- Statistics show 95% of car journeys are under 25 miles (40km) while 32% of UK households have two or more cars. Within two years it is expected that the norm will be around 200 miles (320km) on a single charge.
Edmund King is the AA president; he says EVs make a whole lot more sense than many people think.
“We think that the EV revolution is about to take off and we want to help consumers understand the benefits of low cost, low emission driving and to show them it is accessible and affordable.
“Modern electric vehicle designs and performance are comparable to conventional internal combustion-powered vehicles.
“Concerns and regulations about diesel emissions may also prove to be a tipping point.”