A collage of examples of EV myths

EVs: 5 myths that need busting

Aug 20, 2018

The shift from combustion engine to electrically powered car has well and truly begun and it’s only going to accelerate (yes, pun very firmly intended). But while the National Grid predicts there will be up to 36m EVs by 2040, there are still quite a few myths out there that might be putting people off. We’ve decided to bust five of the biggest myths doing the rounds:

Myth 1: Electric cars are slow

Illustration of a car going fast.

Nope. In fact, when it comes to acceleration EVs are much faster than a dirty old petrol or diesel car. If you want to get technical it’s all about having instant torque. The current Nissan Leaf accelerates from 0-60 in under 8 seconds1, and the eagerly anticipated Jaguar I-PACE promises 0-60 in 4.5 seconds2. Hold tight!

Myth 2: They’re too expensive

Car with money coming out of it's behind.

Like their more conventionally fuelled family members, it’s entirely possible to spend serious cash on electric vehicles. There are however, plenty of affordable options out there, with a new Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe costing around £25k and £18k respectively.

There are also fewer running costs for EVs; a new Nissan Leaf can cost just £5.60 to charge fully and can run for as little as 3.33p a mile3. If you compare that to how much it currently costs you to fill up your car and how many miles you get out of that tank, this is one area you’ll really start to see the savings! And no tailpipe means no emissions, so you’ll also save on road tax and congestion charges.

Myth 3: There aren’t enough public charging points

Map of UK with charging points all over it.

Negative. The UK has more charging points than any other country in Europe (around 13,000), and the infrastructure is growing rapidly.4 This year the government announced a £400 million Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund. Soon there will be charging points everywhere, albeit in a discreet way, such as in lampposts.

Having said that, research carried out by Delta-ee predicts that only 8% of EV charging is expected to use the public charging infrastructure5. So you might be spending a lot less time at public charging points than you think!

Myth 4: Limited range

Illustration of a car with a battery charging symbol on the side.

The range of current EVs varies from 168 miles for the new Nissan Leaf6 to 335 miles for the Tesla Model S7, but with 95% of car journeys being under 25 miles8, range shouldn't be a problem in reality. Plus, with the UK’s public EV charging network ever growing, you aren’t likely ever to be too far away from an available charge point.

Myth 5: You can’t put an EV through a car wash

Illustration of a car going through a car wash.

We were a little surprised by this one but according to a survey conducted for Go Ultra Low, 42% of the British public were unsure if you could put an EV through a car wash. We can see the logic - don’t mix water and electricity - but fear not, this is not true. Bear in mind that petrol and diesel cars have a lot of electric functions such as the windows and nothing dangerous happens when they go through - assuming the windows are up of course!

1. https://www.nissan.co.uk/vehicles/new-vehicles/leaf/prices-specifications.html#grade-LEAFZE1A-0

2. https://www.jaguar.co.uk/jaguar-range/i-pace/index.html

3. Based on a new Nissan Leaf being fully charged at 14p/kWh (168 mile range - 40kWh battery).

4. https://www.carmagazine.co.uk/electric/electric-charging-stations-uk-find-nearest-ev-charging-point-best-journey-planner-for-electric-cars/

5. https://www.delta-ee.com/press-releases/new-delta-ee-electric-vehicle-research-predicts-public-chargers-to-account-for-only-8-of-charging.html

6. https://www.nissan.co.uk/vehicles/new-vehicles/leaf/range-charging.html#charging_:_home_and_public

7. https://www.tesla.com/models?redirect=no

8. https://www.theaa.com/newsroom/aa-news-2016/aa-chargemaster-partnership-announced.html