Although interest in electric cars is growing, they accounted for just 1.6 percent of the new car market in 2019. Indeed, of the 2.3 million cars registered last year, just short of 38,000 were fully electric.
As a result, not everyone is aware of the benefits of electric car ownership. Indeed, there are a lot of myths and misinformation surrounding electric vehicles. Fortunately, you should find the answers to most of your questions on Motoring Electric. Our aim is to provide information free of jargon and bias.
Hyundai, which offers two electric cars in the UK, has been looking at some of the misconceptions about electric cars. There are seven in total, all of which are summarised below.
- Electric cars have a short range
- This may have been true a decade ago, but thanks to rapid battery development, it should be possible to find an electric car with a suitably long range. Predictably, Hyundai references the 278 miles of range offered by the Kona Electric, but other electric cars go even further. The Kia e-Niro offers 282 miles of range, the Jaguar I-Pace can travel up to 292 miles, while Tesla offers 300 miles or more.
- Electric cars are too expensive
- OK, so electric vehicles ARE more expensive than equivalent petrol or diesel cars, but it’s important to look at the bigger picture. For one thing, electric cars offer lower running costs, so the ongoing cost of motoring is more affordable. It’s also worth noting that the new breed of electric cars are helping to reduce prices. The Seat Mii Electric and Skoda Citigo e-iV cost around £20,000, while the likes of the Peugeot e-208 and Vauxhall Corsa-e are also realistically priced.
- There are not enough places to charge an electric car
- It is dangerous to charge an electric car in the rain
- As explained in this article, electric cars and water really can mix.
- There is no electric car available to fit my needs
- You will almost certainly find an electric car to fit your needs. From small cars designed for the city to SUVs that are perfect for family life, electric cars spread across most sectors. Mercedes-Benz offers a fully electric MPV called the EQV, the Porsche Taycan is designed to give supercars a scare, while Tesla remains the pinup star of the EV world.
- Electric cars are not fun to drive
- If you saw Chris Harris waxing lyrical about the Porsche Taycan on Top Gear, you’ll know that electric cars can be fun to drive. Admittedly, the Taycan costs upwards of £83,500, but there is fun to be had elsewhere. Electric cars offer whippet-like off-the-line pace, making them huge fun to drive in the city. Acceleration is smooth, linear and near-silent, which adds another dimension to the driving experience. We’ll admit the weight of the battery pack can make an EV feel unwieldy, but you’ll enjoy driving past petrol stations on your way home from work…
- Electric cars do not look good
- It wasn’t long ago when electric cars looked dull, uninspiring and even ugly. See the original Nissan Leaf as a good case in point. Things are starting to improve. Although the likes of the Hyundai Ioniq, Kia e-Niro and Nissan Leaf are lacking in glamour, some electric cars are a match for their conventional counterparts. The Honda e is cute, the Mini Electric appeals and the Peugeot e-208 looks sharp, while the Volkswagen ID.3, Porsche Taycan and Hyundai Kona Electric look next-generation cool.
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