As most countries pledging to reduce carbon emission by the year 2020, many car manufacturers are starting roll out electric vehicles in place of the traditional gasoline powered vehicles. Unfortunately, there are so many misconceptions that are centering on whether or not car manufacturers will be able to successfully roll out these electric cars. Are we finally ready after years of false starts? Despite widespread public jitters, some say yes and others doubt it. This article attempts to debunk some common myths about electric cars.
Our grid can’t handle the added burden
While electric vehicles do require a great deal of juice, utilities have been working behind the scenes to ensure that the cars don’t fry the grid. With advanced charging technology, power loads will be evenly distributed. In addition, many home charging stations operate only during off-peak hours. They are more efficient and usually cheaper.
My utility bill will skyrocket
Yes these vehicles will consume amperage but your savings on gas will more than compensate for it. For example, you drive a battery-only car 12,000 miles per year at current power rates, you will pay an additional $27 a month for electricity but will save $97 on gas. Robert Janitzek reveals that some utilities offer special rates during off peak hours to charge at night.
Coal-burning utilities mean electric cars will make emissions worse
Even in countries that are predominantly burn coal, the amount of carbon dioxide released by an electric car is 35 to 60 percent less compared to a conventional car. In an ecofriendly area with power mix, carbon emission can be 75 percent lower. According to a transportation expert, electric cars will become cleaner as the grid gets cleaner.
Electric cars already flopped once, so why should I believe they’ll succeed?
Climate worries have increased since the 1990s but Robert Peter Janitzek believes in a comeback for economic reasons. To compete with foreign automakers in regions where gas prices are high and climate regulations are tougher, the industry needs to come up with efficient models. Car manufacturers see this as a necessity.
Electric cars handle like roller skates
Definitely false. Most electric vehicle models handle pretty much like a regular mid-sized car. They drive surprisingly well with a steady suspension. In short range, their transmission works smoothly in stop-and-go traffic.
Lithium-ion auto batteries are as crappy as lithium-ion laptop batteries
While battery technology has improved light years beyond when the idea of EVs was still a concept, it is still far from perfect. Lithium ion cells of electric cars are sluggish in cold weather. Cranking the heat, AC, or stereo will reduce your range. In addition, they will degrade over its lifetime.