Demystifying electric cars
We’re huge fans of alternative fuel vehicles here at Big Motoring World - and it seems that customers are increasingly open to industry innovation in this area. Sales of AFVs (which include everything from pure electric vehicles to hybrids) hit 4.4 per cent in June this year in the UK - higher than ever before. Clearly, alternative fuels are going to be a big part of our motor industry’s future - but judging by some of the things we hear from customers here at Big Motoring World there is still lot of confusion around what these technologies are capable of, and how they will change the way we all drive in the years to come. So, with that in mind, we decided to bust a few electric car myths.
- There’s nowhere to charge them. And it will cost a fortune to install the infrastructure.
Most of the charging that people will do in the future will be at home, so they will only need to top up when they’re out and about. Plus, there are already over 11,000 public charge points in the UK – and the Government are making a big investment to support charging infrastructure in the workplace and on street - so we think you should be fine.
- I’ll only be able to go 20 miles down the road before I have to charge up again.
Hybrids are great for longer journeys, while pure electric cars will easily get most people to work and back (based on an average commute of less than 15 miles) - the BMWi3 has a range of 195 miles for example. And we’re willing to bet that the maximum range of any new models is only going to go in one direction.
- The batteries will wear out.
Not at all. Here’s what industry experts Daniel Breton and Jacques Duval have to say on the matter: “Batteries in hybrid and electric vehicles are made to last just as long as the cars themselves, if not longer…. Ask a taxi driver who uses a Prius and you’ll see.” It’s a fair point.
- They’re expensive.
Again, not necessarily. Poppy Welch, Head of electric motoring campaigners Go Ultra Low, says big savings are possible. “In addition to the fuel and tax cost savings, electric cars also offer greater reliability and lower maintenance costs. Our research shows that UK motorists could save an average of £306 a year in garage bills by switching to electric.”
- They’re boring to drive – performance-wise, they’re essentially just glorified golf carts.
For you petrol heads out there, this is the big one. However before you dismiss electric vehicles completely, get behind the wheel of a Tesla Model S and slip it into Insane Mode (yes, it really is called that, and with good reason). Your ‘average’ Tesla S does 0-60mph in 5.9 seconds – but push the IM button on the dual-motor Model S P85D and you’ll get there in an eye-popping 3.2 seconds. So, if you’ve always dismissed electric vehicles in the past, or been unclear about what they’re capable of, we hope this has helped shed some light on one of the most exciting developments in motoring in decades.