The most common myths about electric vehicles debunked
If there’s one lesson the past few years have taught us, it’s that fact-checking is more important than ever. From vile conspiracy theories to malicious disinformation, seldom a day goes by that we are not bombarded with some form of prejudice-based nonsense. It’s weird because many thought the internet would speed up critical thinking and peer-reviewed science, but the truth cream rarely makes it to the top of our social media feeds.
The electric vehicle industry is not immune to such falsehoods. We’ve heard bogus claims about battery life, seen fake videos of spontaneous combustion Teslas, and even read “reports” that EVs are less durable than our combustion brethren. But rather than yelling at each other, we thought we’d sit everyone down, have a cup of tea, leave our prejudices at the door, and debunk some of the most common electric vehicle myths about the electric car industry.
Myth 1: Electric vehicles are more harmful to the environment
“They produce a lot more CO2”… “Manufacturing EVs is worse for the planet than gasoline vehicles”…
You’ve probably heard these thoughts from the gasoline manager in your office. Yes, they spark great conversations, but the claims usually don’t have too much substance and ultimately don’t get scrutiny.
While it is true that if you charge your EV with coal-fired electricity your CO2 emissions don’t seem too clean, you are still ahead of internal combustion engine vehicles when it comes to long-term sustainability. Additionally, many EV charging stations are powered from sustainable sources such as solar power, and with the cost of renewables falling, that argument is weakening by the day.
Likewise, producing an electric vehicle isn’t completely free from guilt at the moment, but that doesn’t mean you have to let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Battery production is quite resource intensive (around 30-40% more emissions in production compared to gasoline cars), but due to the nature of electric vehicles, these emissions pay off quite quickly. Although quite complicated to quantify, this is why it is important to look at EVs holistically, as opposed to just one aspect of their production.
Many electric vehicle manufacturers are pledging to adopt more sustainable practices, with BMW going so far as to engage in recycling of batteries, factories powered by renewable energy and ultimately a climate neutral business model covering l whole value chain by 2050 (which is not so far when you really Think about it).
Myth 2: Only Tesla makes electric cars
When your average Joe thinks of electric cars, he thinks of Tesla. Of course, Elon Musk’s baby is undeniably responsible for starting the electric car revolution, but that doesn’t mean they’re the only player at the table.
The EV industry has come a long way since the first Tesla Roadster in 2008, and the list will only go on and on. In fact, by the end of 2022, here is the number of electric vehicle models each manufacturer will offer in Australia:
- BMW / MINI: 10
- PARD: 8
- Mercedes-Benz: 5
- Hyundai: 4
- Tesla: 4
- Porsche: 3
- Volvo: 3
- MB: 3
- Peugeot: 3
- Kia: 2
- Mini: 2
- MG: 2
- Nissan: 2
- Lexus: 2
- Audi: 1
- JLR: 1
- Ford: 1
- Genesis: 1
- Mazda: 1
- pole star: 1
- VW: 1
Myth 3: Australia doesn’t have a charging infrastructure
There was a common trend of click traps among automotive journalists until 2018, when they “tested” an electric car and found themselves “stuck” in a random country town. Obviously it looked more dramatic when scrolling, provided confirmation bias for gas lifters, but conclusively perpetuated reach anxiety syndrome further.
Yes, the vast majority of electric vehicles first available in Australia came from Europe – where you could drive the freeway and easily navigate the continent in an electric car – but, in reality, we really aren’t. not so far behind. Of course, the Australian government has been typically slow to embrace charging technology, although when we look at the numbers we’re not as slow at partying as many suspect.
At the time of writing, Australia has over 3,000 public chargers in over 1,650 locations, of which 470 are fast or super-fast DC chargers. This represents 7.21 electric vehicles for each public charger. Yes, we live in a geographically difficult country for charging points, and of course we still have a ways to go, but with public charging installations increasing by around 25% year on year, you should feel a feeling of optimism about your electric road trips. in the future. Oh, and before we start talking about coal-fired charging stations, Australia’s largest electric vehicle charging network, Chargefox, is powered 100% by renewable energy and has forged partnerships with automakers like than BMW. Either way, it won’t be long before charging stations are integrated into most new homes.
Myth 4: Electric cars don’t have range
In the past, most new car buyers were highly motivated by performance numbers. Whether it’s 0-100 times, torque figures for towing, or even just horsepower for bragging rights, few would deny the importance of the size of the numbers in the spec column. But with electric vehicles providing instant torque and sufficient acceleration, most new customers value a new driver; range.
Of course, if you read a review of the cute little Honda E that runs just 220km on a full battery, you might be a little concerned about the pragmatic application of an EV in one of the bigger countries. of the planet. Make no mistake, 220 km would be more than enough for 90% of the majority of commuter drivers, but unfortunately Australian consumers especially like to buy for those 10% of trips.
Lucky for us companions and wives, we have a few decent options at our disposal. The Tesla Model S (plaid) has a claimed range of 637km and will take you from Sydney to Coffs Harbor with ease with enough power for a few celebrations upon arrival. Of course, if you’re after something a little more utilitarian, the flagship BMW iX (released at the end of this year and with an impressive range of 620km) could comfortably take you from Adelaide to McLaren Vale, turn in Hahndorf, shimmy to the Barossa, and back down to Adelaide TWICE, still having juice to spare.
Ultimately, your internal combustion Ford Mustang may have a “claimed” fuel mileage of 12.7 liters per 100 km, but if you drive it like Vin Diesel, you’re going to be lucky to get 20 liters. It all depends on how you push its abilities. The same goes for EVs. The main difference here, however, is regenerative braking. This feature improves efficiency when driving by recycling the kinetic energy of the vehicle into the battery, effectively slowing the car without having to touch the brake and extending the range of the car by using its natural inertia.
For those who are smart on the long game and are looking to the future, they will quickly find that the whole concept of autonomy will become redundant as charging times improve, battery efficiency increases and the distances between load point A and load point B become smaller day by day.
Myth 5: electric vehicles are only for hippies
Granted, this myth seems to be fading quickly, but until disgruntled uncles across the country abandon it, we will continue to prove otherwise. Just because electric vehicles are more durable doesn’t mean you can throw a giant blanket across the industry. An EV can be both fun and eco-friendly; these terms are not mutually exclusive.
If speed is your thing, take a look at Volkswagen’s ID.R, which set a 6: 05.336 on the Nürburgring… look, Rolls Royce has just unveiled the new all-electric “Specter”. Better yet, if you’re looking for all of the above – BMW’s i4 M50 is the brand’s first fully electric M car. If that doesn’t turn hippies and leaders on, we don’t know what will.
The bottom line? Electric vehicles are here to stay. As they evolve, their applications and flexibilities also evolve for almost all future customers. In a hot minute, there will easily be an EV on the market for all buyers, and with more and more luxury automakers hitting the bandwagon, rest assured you won’t have to sacrifice the good stuff. of life when you go green.
They will come in all shapes and sizes, have a variety of applications, and ultimately help us get closer to net zero emissions. That doesn’t mean you have to feel threatened about your weekend warrior in the hangar, nor that your bias should trump the facts. In fact, when you properly examine the evidence, there is a lot about the EV industry that really gets you excited. As they say, the truth will set you free.
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