Many car owners are confused by the media coverage of plug-in electric cars.
Most media men try their best to get the concept right. But most often, some of the more complex issues about them are simply ignored, or get lost in general reporting.
Thus electric cars myth is perpetrated which causes a lot of confusion among those who are thinking of switching to electric vehicles.
Here then are five of the most ignorant electric cars myths that need to be clarified for the sake of the massive deployment of plug-in electric cars.
Lower gas prices will kill sales of electric cars.
It’s entirely possible for this thing to happen, but the fact is: there is very little data that can support this notion.
In fact, data from a four-year study conducted by Plug-In America showed that sales of electric cars rose in a consistent manner even with the fluctuations in gas prices. Consumers actually don’t expect that gas prices will remain low.
The 200-mile range of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt will compete effectively with Tesla.
If the figures are considered, anyone would see that a car priced from $70,000 to $130,000 will have more bang for the buck than a car priced at under $35,000.
Chevrolet will do much more in expanding the electric car market, than it will hurt Tesla Motors.
Without the support of massive public charging infrastructure, electric cars will face a natural death.
Despite recent studies on the contrary, this is a nasty electric cars myth that keeps on resurrecting. It suggests that home charging is by far the only location where EVs can be effectively charged.
When asked about how they use public charging stations, some electric car owners said they used them regularly. But common sense will say that most of them are content with charging overnight while at home for the convenience it offers.
Plug-in electric cars are unsafe. Their batteries will not work after just a couple of years.
As in conventional cars, EVs are tested by authorized federal agencies before they are allowed to run on public streets and roads. They have received good crash-safety rating from the NHTSA and the IIHS.
With regards to battery lives, if used under extreme conditions of heat and cold, even an ordinary car battery will give way. As a matter of fact, the majority of electric car batteries being used today have new battery technology and chemistry that increase their resistance against extreme heat and cold.
And every EV manufacturer today, warranties their battery packs from 8 to 10 years.
Electric car sales won’t catch up with gas car sales
Anyone who patronizes this myth betrays his lack of knowledge of the car business. Technological advantages in car manufacturing such as automatic transmission, fuel injection, disc brakes and others took many decades to develop in the majority of car brands that are sold today.
Expecting the same thing for electric cars in just five year would really be a stupid thing to consider.