The 3 Most Common EV Myths - Busted | Carbon emissions, costs and range anxiety

31st March 2020
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Here at Mina, we know that even the shortest-range electric car represents a cheaper, greener way of getting around for millions of motorists. It’s a fact, using an EV is the best option for many of us for our daily commutes, school runs and day trips, but we constantly hear the same questions.

People are confused about public charging, home charging and the real range of EVs, so today our mission is to myth bust the top three queries we face, and hope to start to change your mind on green EV energy.

MYTH: Total Carbon Emissions for Electric Vehicles are worse than normal, internal combustion cars

Answer: FALSE.

It’s a common misconception that once you take into account the batteries and coal burnt to generate electricity, that EV vehicles are not as good as they claim… but we disagree (and have the science to prove it). The Union of Concerned Scientists has done a thorough study about this that took two years to complete and after a lot of number crunching – from manufacture all the way to general usage – they found that on average, a conventional car creates more than twice as much carbon pollution as an electric car. Assuming a 10 year useful life, an average conventional car will spew out 29938 kg more carbon pollution than an average electric vehicle. That’s 30 tonnes, per car.

And there’s ways that you can make your EV usage even greener too. By simply making sure you charge during off-peak hours from home, when the National Grid is being powered by renewable energy sources you can be another 20% greener! That’s why our charging scheme makes it free to charge off-peak; keeping your pocket and conscience happy!

MYTH: Electric Vehicles aren’t affordable

Answer: FALSE

Whilst the likes of Tesla, Jaguar and BMW models are certainly premium, the electric car market is expanding rapidly. In fact, if you include cut-price recharging, free road tax/low company car tax, and cars that start at just over £100 per month, EVs can be incredibly accessible. Manufacturers are racing to clean up their act, with future product maps littered with sustainable battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and hybrids to reduce average CO2 output.

Helped along by international laws – and most recently jolted forward in the UK by a 2035 ban on the sale of new petrol, diesels and hybrids – our adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) is being forced ever closer, and all the while, prices are tumbling as battery costs slowly reduce and manufacturers are able to scale up.

MYTH: I will get stuck in the middle of nowhere

Answer: FALSE

Range anxiety is real, and something we witness all too often, but let’s fact check. A typical electric vehicle (EV) covers between 100 and 200 miles on a single charge (that’s the equivalent of driving from London to Manchester) and even longer on some models with ranges of more than 300 miles. In addition, there are currently more than 14,500 public charging points in more than 9,000 locations in the UK and the network is growing rapidly, so even if you do need to go further in one trip, simply stop off for a coffee and top up the car too.

Typically, the average UK driver drives just 20 miles a day, and so for your day to day run around vehicle, you will have no trouble. Just charge at home overnight and wake up with the equivalent of a full tank – you should never need to use a public charge point.

For company car users, there’s more things to consider and this is where we can help fleet managers. Home charging an EV will give a daily range of around 150 miles – that’s 39,000 miles a year and we can sort it out so that employees don’t even have to claim electricity expenses to cover it. In fact, charging an EV at an employee’s home is as cheap as paying 22p for a litre of fuel, so it pays to encourage employees to plug in.

With new legislation in place, the time is coming to switch and there is no need to be worried about expense claims and vehicle use. We are here to remove the barriers and unlock home charging savings. Just get in touch to chat about how we can help you.