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Debunking Common Myths About EV Charging

In 2035, the UK government will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars, while the US is aiming for 50% of all new vehicles sold to be electric by 2030. This means that more and more people will be driving electric vehicles (EVs) in the coming years.

However, despite the benefits of EVs, there are still concerns and misconceptions that make some people hesitant to make the switch. In this article, we address some of the most common EV myths, providing accurate information and dispelling any misconceptions you may have about driving an EV.

Electric cars break down more than normal cars

There is a common myth that electric cars break down more frequently than traditional cars. However, this is not necessarily true. In fact, electric cars have fewer moving parts than traditional internal combustion engine vehicles, which means they have fewer components that can fail.

Moreover, electric cars do not have the same maintenance requirements as traditional cars, such as oil changes, spark plug replacements, or timing belt adjustments. As a result, owners of electric cars may actually save money on maintenance costs over the lifespan of the vehicle.

Of course, like any type of vehicle, electric cars may experience breakdowns or issues from time to time. However, there is no evidence to suggest that they are less reliable or more prone to breakdowns than traditional cars.

Our Infrastructure is not able to support the increase in EVs

The National Grid in the UK has identified optimal locations with sufficient grid capacity to support the installation of ultra-fast charging stations. This will ensure that drivers on the strategic road network, which includes motorways and major dual carriageways, are never more than 50 miles away from an ultra-rapid charging point.

This network of charging stations will provide drivers with greater confidence and assurance that they can rely on electric vehicles as their primary or sole means of transportation. The consistent and reliable availability of charging points will make the transition to electric cars more accessible and attractive to a wider range of drivers.

EV batteries do not have enough range

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On average, the first car in a UK family travels approximately 37 miles per day, while the second car covers around 11 miles daily. While people often purchase a vehicle based on their longest journeys, the reality is that most of us already stop for short breaks during longer trips, such as at service stations to use the toilet, grab a drink, or refuel with petrol or diesel. With the new range of ultra-rapid chargers already available, this is also the amount of time it takes to power up an electric vehicle, providing ample opportunity to recharge during a long journey.

EV batteries are just as bad for the environment

Although the lithium-ion technology used in electric vehicles and mobile phones is similar, the key difference is that electric vehicles are equipped with efficient power management systems that protect the long-term health of their batteries. While most manufacturers provide battery warranties of approximately seven to eight years, or roughly 100,000 miles, it is reasonable to expect that these batteries will last even longer and potentially outlast the vehicle itself.

Our electricity grid doesn’t have enough capacity for charging EVs

The proportion of renewable, green, or clean energy sources in our electricity supply is increasing steadily, and the inclusion of zero-carbon power in Britain’s energy mix has risen from less than 20% in 2010 to almost 50% in 2021. The closure of several coal plants and the growth of onshore and offshore wind farms have contributed to this shift, resulting in transport becoming the most polluting activity in the UK.

To maximise the use of clean energy whenever it is available, our energy system is becoming increasingly flexible. Technologies such as the ChargeEye, as well as new laws and smart energy tariffs, are assisting us in managing our electricity consumption. Smart Chargers that can start or pause electric vehicle charging to utilise the cleanest and cheapest power are one such example.

Electricity is generated through the burning of fossil fuels

Renewable, green, and clean energy sources are now generating an increasing proportion of our electricity, resulting in zero-carbon power accounting for almost 50% of Britain’s electricity mix in 2021, up from less than 20% in 2010. This growth is largely attributed to the rise of onshore and offshore wind farms, coupled with the closure of several coal plants. As a result, transportation has now become the most polluting activity in the UK.

To make the most of this cleaner energy, our energy system is becoming more flexible. VSmart Chargers, for instance, are capable of initiating or pausing EV charging to utilise the cheapest and cleanest power.

EVs are much more expensive than ICE vehicles

It’s a common trend that products based on new technology are more expensive for early adopters, but as they become more mainstream and production volumes increase, prices typically come down.

The cost of EV batteries is already decreasing, which is expected to contribute to a reduction in upfront costs of new EVs over the next few years. Additionally, as the supply of new EVs continues to increase, the second-hand market for EVs will likely be impacted.

When considering the purchase of a car, it’s crucial to consider the “whole life cost,” which entails examining the running costs and resale value. EVs seem to depreciate at a slower rate than petrol and diesel cars, which may result in greater payback when it’s time to sell or trade-in. Despite their higher purchase prices, EVs are less expensive to operate, costing as little as 2p per mile if charged at the right time. Additionally, they have fewer moving components, resulting in lower maintenance costs.

Furthermore, incentives may be available to decrease the cost of purchasing an EV.

Overcharging an EV

It’s not possible to overcharge an electric car’s battery. Electric vehicles are equipped with a battery management system that prevents overcharging by automatically stopping the charging process once the battery reaches its maximum capacity.

Many electric cars come with features that allow you to program when you want the battery to be fully charged. For example, if you know you need a fully charged vehicle for 6 am the next day, you can set the charging schedule accordingly. This ensures that the car begins charging at the right time to reach your desired battery percentage before you need to leave.

Not only does this feature offer convenience, but it also helps preserve the longevity of the battery pack by avoiding unnecessary charging. So, rest assured that your electric car’s battery is being efficiently managed to provide optimal performance and lifespan.

Charging an EV in the Rain

Many of us were taught from a young age to never mix water with electricity, and as we grow older, we understand the reasoning behind this caution. Hence, it’s a common concern for electric vehicle (EV) owners: is it safe to in the rain, especially considering the frequent rainfall in the UK?

The answer is reassuringly simple: yes, it is perfectly safe to charge your electric car in the rain. EVs and EV charge points are designed with robust waterproofing measures to ensure that water cannot infiltrate sensitive components such as the battery pack or motor. Therefore, you can confidently charge your EV in all weather conditions without any worries about water damage.

 

Discover the truth about the misconceptions of EV charging

It’s crucial to dispel the myths surrounding EV charging to encourage more people to embrace this sustainable form of transportation. While some people might be apprehensive about the time and cost involved in charging an EV, these concerns are largely unfounded. With an expanding network of charging stations and advancements in technology, EV charging is becoming increasingly accessible, affordable, and convenient.

Moreover, the benefits of driving an EV are numerous, from reduced carbon emissions and lower fuel costs to improved performance and a quieter driving experience. With the UK government’s ambitious targets for phasing out petrol and diesel cars, now is the ideal time to make the switch to an EV.

At Vital EV, we’re committed to providing the latest information, advice, and resources to help you make informed decisions about EVs and charging. Contact us today to learn more about our EV charging solutions and how we can help you transition to a cleaner, more sustainable future.

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