Almost one-fifth of petrol and diesel car owners are put off going electric because they’re worried about driving in adverse weather conditions such as a lightning storm, research has revealed.
Interest in green motoring continues to grow as Brits look to cut their carbon footprint and reduce their running costs, with sales of pure electric cars up by 151 per cent in October.
But despite the growth, and Government plans to phase out the sale of conventional petrol and diesel cars by 2040, several myths around electric vehicles (EVs) remain.
Don’t panic. A typical electric vehicle (EV) covers between 100 and 200 miles on a single charge and even longer on some models with ranges of more than 300 miles. Hyundai’s KONA Electric can actually go as far as 279 miles with one charge.
No need to be! There are currently more than 14,500 public charging points in more than 9,000 locations in the UK1 and the network is growing rapidly.
Think again. With more and more affordable and competitive options and fewer moving parts to fail or need replacing, EVs are in fact cheaper to run than conventionally fuelled vehicles.
Not true! Instant torque delivery means EVs can accelerate just as quickly and if not much quicker than their petrol or diesel counterparts. For example, Hyundai’s Kona Electric can accelerate from 0-62mph in just 7.9 seconds.
Of course we’ve all been told that you don’t mix electricity with water, but when it comes to EV’s perfectly safe to use a car wash and there’s no extra risk of driving in a lightning storm.
The electric car market is expanding rapidly. In fact, Hyundai currently has the largest e-mobility fleet in the world including the latest in electric, hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
EV batteries can be recycled just like the batteries in petrol or diesel cars. EV power cells can be used to store solar and wind energy, or they can be broken down with their more-valuable elements reused.
Rest assured that EVs undergo the same rigorous testing and meet the same safety standards required for petrol or diesel-fuelled cars.
No reason to be. The majority of breakdown suppliers now provide services for all EVs as well as conventional vehicles.
You won’t be disappointed. As soon as you push down on the accelerator, the transition from stationary to speed is almost instantaneous.