Electric cars are growing in popularity. Registrations are up 165.4 percent in 2020, with electric cars enjoying a 5.4 percent market share.
However, to some people, electric cars remain shrouded in mystery. There are a lot of myths out there, but research shows that the majority of concerns are unfounded. As the technology and infrastructure improve, electric car ownership is becoming a realistic prospect for more people.
Skoda is relatively new to the electric car market. The Enyaq iV is the firm’s first fully electric SUV, offering a range of up to 316 miles. Deliveries are expected from spring 2021, with prices starting from £33,450 (excluding the Plug-in Car Grant).
To prepare for the launch of the Enyaq iV, Skoda has been doing some electric car myth-busting. Here are eight common misconceptions about electric cars.
Charging electric cars takes too long
Many electric car owners charge their cars at home overnight, so time isn’t an issue. Elsewhere, the time it takes depends on the battery and the charging unit. It could be anything from 10 minutes to a few hours when using a 7kW public charger. It’s why these charging units are being rolled out across the network of Tesco superstores.
Electric cars are too dangerous
Electric cars must meet the same stringent safety standards as conventional petrol and diesel cars. The battery is disconnected in a crash, while research shows that the risk of fire is no higher than in standard vehicles. Consider some of the recent Euro NCAP safety ratings: the MG ZS EV, Porsche Taycan, Tesla Model X and Tesla Model 3 were all awarded five stars. Don’t worry, you can drive an electric car in the rain!
Electric cars don’t benefit the climate
Electric car emissions can be as much as 90 percent lower than the emissions produced by combustion engines, depending on the energy industry. If an electric car is powered by renewable energy, its environmental impact falls dramatically. This article explores the issue in greater depth.
Electric cars will cost jobs
Although electric cars are easier to build and contain fewer parts, there are likely to be new jobs in new fields. Indeed, the European Climate Foundation estimates that employment will increase by 500,000 in 2030.
Electric cars are a danger to pedestrians
While silent vehicles could be a danger to pedestrians, European rules dictate that electric cars should emit a sound at speeds of up to 20kph (12mph). At higher speeds, the sound generated by the tyres reduces the problem.
Electric cars aren’t fun
It’s certainly true that early electric cars lacked excitement. However, as technology improves, they’re becoming more fun to drive. The Porsche Taycan is arguably the pin-up star in this regard, but more affordable EVs like the Honda e and Mini Electric are huge fun in the city. The instant torque plays a big role in this. It’s also fair to say that Tesla has a habit of delivering fun in other ways. Have you heard of the fart mode?
Electric cars look boring
Yeah, right. Although the Nissan Leaf isn’t going to win any style awards, the Taycan looks better than its Panamera sibling, the Honda e looks like an emoji, while the Mini Electric is, well, a Mini. The construction of an electric car means that manufacturers are free to experiment with different designs and interiors. The future is bright.
There aren’t enough rare metals to make electric cars
The electric car industry has come under scrutiny for its use of rare metals and the impact on the environment. However, less and less cobalt is needed to make batteries, while new lithium deposits are being located all the time. For example, the Czech Republic accounts for around three percent of the world’s lithium reserves. Battery recycling will lessen the impact on the planet.