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May 20, 2024

Understanding Electric Vehicles: Myths and Misconceptions

Electric vehicle numbers are on the rise, so we're setting the record straight about them.

The sale of new petrol and diesel cars will be banned in the UK from 2035 to reduce carbon emissions. This means that more people will be driving electric vehicles (EVs).

Can the UK Meet Increased Demand?

Some concerns have been raised about whether the National Grid can handle the increased demand for electricity. However, the National Grid has stated that it is equipped to meet the demand for electricity, including the increased use of EVs.

The UK has seen a 16% decrease in peak electricity demand since 2002, mainly due to energy efficiency improvements. Even if everyone were to switch to EVs overnight, the National Grid estimates that it would still be able to meet the demand.

To support the needs of a decarbonized transport network in the future, the National Grid is working with distribution networks, the government, regulators, and the industry to provide the necessary green energy infrastructure across Britain.

Will There Be Enough EV Charging Stations?

Another concern is whether there will be enough EV charging stations. While most EV owners have a home charging station, public charging stations are essential. Efforts are being made to identify locations with sufficient grid capacity to offer ultra-fast chargers, ensuring that drivers are never more than 30 miles from a charging station. The UK government's rapid charging fund (RCF) aims to roll out high-powered, open-access charge points across England to prepare for more zero-emissions vehicles.

Can EVs Travel Long Distances?

It's also a common misconception that EVs can only travel short distances. In reality, electric vehicles can typically travel between 200 and 300 miles on a single charge, which covers the majority of users' typical daily travel. Additionally, with the use of ultra-rapid charging facilities, drivers can quickly recharge during longer journeys.

Are EVs Expensive to Run?

Many people worry about the costs associated with running an electric vehicle, especially with rising energy bills. While EVs may have a higher initial price tag than petrol or diesel cars, evidence suggests that they are significantly cheaper to run. The cost of manufacturing EV batteries is decreasing, and the market for second-hand electric vehicles is growing, making them a more affordable option.

Are EVs Reliable?

Another misconception is that EVs are less reliable than traditional vehicles. In fact, electric cars are shown to break down less and require less maintenance due to having fewer moving parts.

EV Landfill Concerns

Finally, concerns about the disposal of EV batteries have been addressed. EVs have effective power management systems that protect the long-term health of their batteries. Most manufacturers offer battery warranties of seven or eight years, or around 100,000 miles, with the expectation that they will last longer. Even when they are no longer fit for use in the car, EV batteries can be recycled or repurposed as energy storage units for homes or businesses.

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