The Myths of Electric Cars Debunked

February 27, 2014

Judging from the sales records released by Tesla Motors, electric cars are definitely taking off. More and more people are beginning to realize the many advantages and merits of owning an electric car. Several myths have been speculated concerning these cars. It is essential for people to know the truth concerning electric cars rather than dwelling on the misleading myths.

One of the myths is that a driver cannot go far in an electric vehicle. The fact is that electric cars have the potential of going between fifty to eighty miles. Although this is not a good distance, it is above average for a fair number of people. Recently, Tesla chose its Model S to go for a road trip to New York from Los Angeles. This was more like an experiment to test the car’s mileage. The trip took about 76 hours inclusive of the charging time. The distance from Los Angeles to New York is approximately 2,760 miles. It is essential to take note that the key is not the distance which the can go but rather the efficiency of charging the car. It has thus been proven that it is extremely easy to charge electric cars.

Another myth concerning electric cars is that there are a few charge points and charging takes a lot of time. A full charge generally takes about four hours and can be done conveniently during the evening. As electric cars become more popular, charging stations will become more common. If you happen to have a Tesla Model S and you pull up at one of their stations, you can get a full charge in 75 minutes, or get a completely new battery pack installed in less than 2 minutes. The first and only nation that deployed countrywide network coverage for charging was Estonia.

A third myth about electric cars is the fact that their batteries are non-recyclable and toxic. The batteries of Tesla, as well as other producers’ contain metal oxides of lithium. The batteries are not only non-toxic, but also last long. They die after approximately ten years. The company has plans of recycling as many batteries as it can. The automaker has no plan of land-filling the batteries. In the website, the company has provided details on how it utilizes the materials.

Electric cars are gradually taking off in Japan, China and United States. Britain is also trying to follow suit. Some months back, the UK government backed Tesla CEO Elon Musk whose key objective was helping with the green agenda. It is thus hoped that in the near future electric cars will be adopted worldwide.


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