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4 electric vehicle myths debunked

Severe weather abnormalities are opening the world’s eyes to the consequences of global warming. And as people around the world begin to acknowledge their impact on the environment, new technologies such as electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming popular. As of October 2021, there were 345,000 electric vehicles on the UK roads.

Large businesses throughout the country are finally beginning to embrace the potential of EVs. Green transport can save money, cut emissions and boost green credentials. But like most new technology, EVs have attracted some unwarranted myths.

So, let’s debunk some of the most common misconceptions surrounding EVs.

They run out of energy quickly

When considering an EV purchase, it is only natural to wonder about their distance capabilities. This is particularly true for businesses with offices and sites located in the UK. 99% of journeys that are made in the UK are less than 100 miles in distance. This means that fully charged EVs are suitable for most journeys within the UK. For longer distance journeys, there are several other EV car models available, with a 200+ mile range.

The National Grid has proposed optimum locations for grid capacity, to allow for ultra-fast chargers. This will ensure that nobody on the UK’s motorways will be further than 50 miles from a charge point at any given time. Giving drivers more confidence when driving an EV for long distances. 

Car drivers can also reduce their vehicle’s energy consumption in various ways. Such as:

  • Avoiding high speeds
  • Not overloading the vehicle
  • Anticipating the journey ahead, to make the most of regenerative braking

Maintaining and repairing them is extremely costly

While electric vehicles currently cost more to buy outright, they more than make up for this further down the line, with lower running costs. These costs can be as little as 1p a mile for off-peak electricity, as well as lower maintenance costs.

As more businesses and individuals continue to make the switch to green transport, the price of EV batteries is likely to drop. This could also lead to a drop in upfront costs further down the line as well.

New cars under £35,000 are now eligible for a government grant of £2,500. BMW and Nissan are among vehicle manufacturers that have recently reduced the prices of their electric models to less than £35,000. This is to encourage customers to invest in an EV and make it more affordable.

Power grids won’t be able to keep up with the influx

One of the main concerns surrounding electric vehicles is the strain that this mode of transport could place on the National Grid. But it is estimated that if everyone in the country switched to electric vehicles, we would still only experience a 10% increase in demand.

The UK now uses less energy today than it did in the 1970’s, despite an extra 6.5 million residents. And this is due to increased efficiency. As our appliances become more energy efficient, the demand on the grid is reduced.

There may be unforeseeable problems further down the line concerning this green mode of transport. But for now, it seems that the grid will not be burdened by an increase in EVs.

Charging stations are sparse

More charging locations for EVs could be built, to encourage people to take up this transport option. But you may be shocked to know how many charging stations have already been created. There are now over 35,000 EV connections across the UK, with nearly 350 added each day. This means there is already twice the number of publicly accessible charging points than petrol stations.

Following the fuel crisis earlier this year, many businesses and individuals have begun to appreciate the convenience of chargeable vehicles. EVs can be charged up from the comfort of one’s home or a charging point onsite. This saves time which would otherwise be spent queuing for petrol or diesel, as well as the added benefit of future-proofing your business against any potential fuel problems.

How can EIC help?

It is becoming clearer each day that action must now be taken to protect our environment. Extreme weather abnormalities have opened people’s eyes to the dangers of our daily habits. And it is up to us to put it right.

At EIC, we are dedicated to helping our clients make the most of the green energy alternatives on offer. For us to help ourselves, we must help those around us as well. And our green energy solutions, compliance advice, and carbon management plans can be tailored to your business’s needs.

We can also plan and install charge points across your sites. In addition, we also offer advice on converting your current vehicle fleets to electric.

Get in touch today to hear how EIC can assist you in your journey to net zero.

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