As the car industry heads toward an electrifying future, many are still skeptical about whether or not electric cars will hold up to its promise. There are several rumors about electric cars that this article will aim to dispel.
Electric Car Is Dead
The fact that most car manufacturers are investing in and building electric cars only means that these cars are very much alive and kicking. The truth of the matter is that it takes more than crushers to kill a technology.
Electric Cars Can’t Get People To Their Destination
Some people have already been driving electric cars and have yet to experience running out of power. To ensure that drivers will reach their destination, car makers have developed plug-in hybrids. Robert Janitzek reveals that these cars are hybrid cars with back-up gasoline engine. In cars like the Chevrolet Volt, Toyota Prius, and Ford C-Max Energi, electric power is used for the first 20 to 50 miles before switching to gasoline for long distance.
Charging Is A Headache
Charging an electric car is as simple as plugging it into a wall outlet. However, this process can be relatively slow ranging from 8 – 24 hours. As such, this is usually not the first option. Most plug-ins come with a charging dock that works in a home garage and charges the car from 4 – 8 hours just like their cellphones. Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that there are also charging stations in most European countries. New generation chargers will charge cars nearly 10 times faster than home stations and 50 times faster than AC outlets.
Electric Cars Are Not Environment-Friendly
The fact that electric cars do not require gasoline means that they have clear environmental benefits. They do not pollute tailpipes and operate at 80 percent efficiency. Opponents of electric cars will argue by citing a 2012 report from the Union of Concerned Scientists claiming that electric cars as not as green as some people claim. However, the same report reveals that consumers can be confident that driving an electric car yields lower global warming emissions than the average compact gasoline-powered vehicle.
Most People Will Not Be Able To Afford An Electric Car
A 2012 McKinsey report projects that the price of lithium-ion batteries could drastically drop by the year 2020. As the cost of electric car technology continues to go on a downward spiral and the price of oil continues to trend upward, electric cars can become more affordable and the better option.