A recent survey conducted by GoUltraLow, a joint U.K. Government and industry campaign, revealed some interested misconceptions about electric cars. For example 42% do not know if it was ok to put and EV through a car wash!
Here are some both myths non-electric drivers believe and the facts.
Myth: Pure electric cars are slow.
Fact: Electric cars are quicker off the mark!
While 47% of people think that petrol or diesel cars accelerate faster than pure electric, actually the opposite is true. Because an electric motor can generate power quicker than an internal combustion engine, most pure electric cars accelerate quicker than a petrol or diesel equivalent. The 2018 Nissan Leaf accelerates from 0-60mph in just 7.4 seconds!
Myth: They’re too expensive.
Fact: Actually, an electric car could save you money.
Pure electric cars may have higher upfront purchase costs, however you could actually save around £650 a year in tax and fuel if you choose pure electric over petrol or diesel. And, with maintenance costs also around 70% less over a car’s lifetime, when it comes to your wallet, going electric is a no brainer. The Plug-not car grant also provides a up to £4,500 off the purchase of eligible pure electric cars. Also, electric cars are exempt from the London Congestion Charge!
Myth: There aren’t enough public charge points.
Fact: There are plenty of places to charge your electric car.
The average Brit thinks there are only 6,000 charge point connectors in the UK, when in fact there are more than double this, at 16,738! As well as this, there are rapid chargers at more than 96% of Motorway Service Areas, and the UK has one the largest rapid charge networks in Europe.
Myth: There are only a few of models to choose from.
Fact: Not anymore! There’s now an electric car for everyone.
When it comes to buying pure electric cars, people don’t realise how much choice there is. Go Ultra Low’s research reveals that the average person thinks there are 9 models to choose from, but in fact there are now 17 pure electric car modelsavailable for purchase in the UK.
Myth: Pure electric cars are a technology for the future!
Fact: In the UK, the switch to electric has already begun
Though the average person in the UK thinks that pure electric cars are still a novelty on our roads, many motorists are already driving zero emission electric cars. There are nearly 40,000 already on the roads today and this figure is on the rise – around 6,000 have already been registered in the first 5 months of this year.