How long does an electric car take to charge? Are they expensive? Are they slower? Here are the top three common concerns from our customers and the facts to ease your mind. If you want to learn about the three other concerns, click here to read part 2.
Myth #1: What if I run out of battery? How long does it take to charge?
It can be scary to think about what can happen if your vehicle runs out of charge. Range anxiety is a real perceived fear from most people who don’t own electric vehicles (EV for short) because they’re not familiar with their own daily driving habits. The average American drives 37 miles a day. The newer electric cars on the market have a range of 150-300 miles on a full charge. Based on these numbers, the average driver could go 4-8 days without charging. However, what happens in real life is that most people plug in their car as soon as they get home, just like they would charge their phone. The technology in electric vehicles is advanced and the car knows when to shut down the flow of electricity, so an owner can leave their vehicle plugged in overnight. Plus, EVs have a reserve just like a gas tank
Myth #2: Are EVs more expensive than gas vehicles?
EVs are drastically less expensive than gas vehicles. EV owners save roughly $860 on fuel alone. By using a smart charging station, EV owners can save money by waiting to consume power during off-peak times (for example when your EV is plugged in at night while you’re sleeping.) In addition to saving on the lower fuel cost of electricity versus gas, EVs require less maintenance than gas vehicles. EVs don’t require oil changes, tune-ups and have less wear and tear on the brakes. The regenerative braking system not only reduces the amount the brakes are used, but also creates energy to power the car. New gas vehicles cost an average of $1,186 a year to maintain and repair, so switching from a gas to an electric vehicle can save you more than $2,000 a year. The government also recognizes the positive effect EVs can have on our environment. There are numerous federal and state incentives, and some utility companies also offer tax credits and rebates.
Myth #3: Are EVs less powerful than gas vehicles?
The Tesla seven passenger sedan is quicker than a Porsche. How? Electric cars use an electric motor that has less moving parts than a combustion motor. Immediately the Tesla can achieve the maximum amount of torque, and generate that torque continuously which causes the car to be very quick. Another reason the Tesla is quicker than a Porsche is because electricity flows faster along a wire than fuel along a line.
Are you still not sold on the wonders of an electric vehicle? That’s cool. We get that it’s a hard transition to wrap your head around. Here’s another post with more information that may interest you.
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