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Electric Cars: Facts vs Myths

Electric cars have been on the rise for many years. The big question is why has it taken so long for them to become popular. Many of the myths surrounding electric vehicles or EVs have been circulating the internet, many pushed along by those that feel threatened in the gas/oil industry. So what are the facts and what is just a myth? Read below to find out!


Facts vs Myths

Myth:  It is easy to run out of charge and get stranded on the side of the road.

Fact: Many electric vehicles are hybrid or something similar meaning they can run on battery and gas. This extends their range to the same as any other vehicle. When the electric runs out the gas will kick in. An all electric vehicle will have a larger range of battery power, over 200 miles in most cases. This will give the driver enough power to reach a charging station or someplace where they can charge with their own charging cable.

Myth: Recharging cost the same as filling up with gas, except every night.

Fact: Vehicles that run on gas vary in miles/gallon. A typical vehicle may cost 34 cents or more per mile to operate whereas an EV will average between 21 and 26 cents to operate. This is based on the average house hold cost of electricity being 12 cents per kilowatt-hour.

Myth:  Electric vehicles don't have as much horsepower as gas vehicles.

Fact:  A typical car will have a 120 horsepower engine, a sports car a 200 horsepower engine. A typical Tesla runs on a 416 horsepower engine and other electric vehicles average around 150 or more horsepower. Plus, electric vehicles do not require gas to feed the engine and create speed. Instead they have instant acceleration.

Things you should know about electric vehicles.

There are various electric vehicle (EV) types available; these are the three most common types:

Battery Electric Vehicles have a battery and an electric motor instead of a gas tank and an internal combustion engine. Sometimes EVs are also referred to as “All Electric Vehicles” or “Plug-in Vehicles” (not to be confused with Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles). They run entirely on electricity and do not produce any exhaust from the burning of fuel.

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles have an electric motor AND a gas-powered internal combustion engine. Some PHEVs operate exclusively, or almost exclusively, on electricity until the battery is nearly depleted, then the gasoline-powered engine turns on to provide power. Like Battery Electric Vehicles, PHEVs can be plugged in to charge the battery when the vehicle is not in use.

Hybrid Electric Vehicles have an electric motor AND a gas-powered internal combustion engine and don’t plug-in for charging. HEV can have substantial range on a single tank of gas, but they still burn fossil fuel, produce carbon emissions, require trips to the gas station and scheduled engine maintenance. HEV may be an ideal choice for those with extended commutes and limited charging system access.

Reduced Maintenence

All-Electric Vehicles (EV) require less maintenance than conventional vehicles because there are fewer fluids (like oil and transmission fluid) to change and far fewer moving parts. EV require minimal scheduled maintenance to their electrical systems, which can include the battery, electrical motor, and associated electronics. Because of regenerative braking, brake systems on EVs typically last longer than on conventional vehicles.

  • No Oil Changes: BEV do not require engine oil, thus there are no oil changes (normally required every 3,000 to 7,000 miles, requirements vary by automobile manufacturer)
  • No Spark Plugs and Wires: BEV do not require spark plugs and wires, thus no replacement (estimated replacement at 100,000 miles on gas engine)
  • No Exhaust System: BEV do not have mufflers or catalytic converters, two component of your exhaust system that can fail and result in expensive replacements.

Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV) and Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) have an electric motor and a gas motor. Cars with gas motors still require the standard maintenance a regular gas-powered vehicle requires (oil changes, spark plugs and wires, exhaust systems etc.)

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