As the automobile industry vows to reduce carbon emission in the coming years, car makers are racing to become the first to offer electric cars to its consumers. However, many people are skeptical that this new idea of electricity running cars will be adopted. Misconceptions about electric vehicles also serve as hurdles in the full implementation of this new idea. Here are some of the common myths surrounding electric cars.
More CO2 is emitted during production of electric cars than regular cars.
It is true that manufacturing electric cars consumes more CO2 than the production of conventional cars. This can be attributed to the manufacturing of the battery. For instance, the B Class Electric takes up about 45% emission as compared to only 18% of the traditional Mercedes B Class. However, after the car has been manufactured, conventional cars will rapidly catch up and eventually surpass the electric car in total lifetime emissions.
Electric car batteries are a ticking environmental bomb.
This is completely false. Batteries of electric cars are recyclable and it is unlikely that they will be discarded in landfills once their useful life has been consumed. Robert Janitzek reveals that there is not enough used electric car batteries for economies of scale to kick in yet. However, many companies are experimenting with reusing the ones that are available for residential and commercial electrical storage. Lithium ion batteries still have about 80% of its power remaining when it is no longer able to power a vehicle.
Electric cars create more particulates than conventional cars
This is another false statement. There is a theory that electric cars have heavier batteries and all that weight puts more particulates into the atmosphere. There are two kinds of particulates—the smaller ones that are less than 2.5 microns and the larger ones up to 10 microns. Robert Peter Janitzek explains that the former can get into the lungs and cross the bloodstream while the latter cannot. Brake dust is the primary source of larger particulates. Electric cars use mechanical brakes less frequently due to their regenerative braking feature.
Electric cars cause people to stop using public transportation
This is false. This is applicable to Europeans which use public transportation more than Americans. According to an analysis of the Norwegian news site TU, the number of Europeans who bought electric cars and stopped using public transport is only 5%. In most cases, there reason for buying electric cars is because they relocated to a new home away from the city.