With rising awareness about the importance of e-mobility and the need for a smooth transition toward sustainable energy and long-term goals of Net Zero. One of the main advantages of electric mobility is that it improves people’s quality of life by not emitting toxic gases. Furthermore, as electric vehicles do not have combustion engines, they avoid the emission of tonnes of greenhouse gases, which in turn helps combat the effects of climate change. Even with hearing about the advantages of the evolution of green technology, there is still a preconceived notion about electric vehicles. We decided to bust the 8 most common misconceptions by showcasing the reality behind them. Let’s unpack them together. 1. MYTH: EV cars are expensive REALITY: A comparative cost of buying an EV outright is lesser over 4 years of owning one. In the UK, there are incentives in place such as tax rebate on road tax and favourable company car tax if you own an EV. The EV industry is rapidly evolving and results show that production costs are reducing. This will make buying an EV as easy as a petrol/diesel vehicle. With our technology for personal EV charger users through the CITA Connect App (iOS or Android mobile phone compatible), view charging logs, consumption and savings to answer your charging cost curiosities. 2. MYTH: Battery range does not reach the people’s demand REALITY: According to the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles, 99% of car journeys are under 100 miles in England. 3. MYTH: The battery needs to be replaced in 5 years REALITY: There is no conclusive evidence that EVs need a battery change after 5 years. The average warranty on an EV is for about 8 years (or 100,000 miles) but the vehicles are expected to last much longer. 4. MYTH: EVs cannot be driven in rainy weather REALITY: In comparison to any other vehicles, EVs go through various levels of strict tests to make sure they pass all the tough technical rules. EV drivers are advised to use the correct charging cable always and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. 5. MYTH: There are not enough charge points for charging EVs REALITY: The Office of Zero Emissions Vehicles claims that England has one of the most extensive rapid charging networks in Europe. In 2022, there will be around 31,000 public charging stations in the UK and 5,800 rapid charge points. 6. MYTH: EV charging takes a long time REALITY: Charging at home with a residential charger can become very more prominent. Below you will see a table with EVs and the time it takes for charging to take place from empty to full. 30 minutes is all it takes to charge an Audi e-Tron EV with CITA EV Smart DC Charger. In the past few years, the potential charging levels have increased 5 fold. 7. MYTH: The grid will be overwhelmed if everyone switches to EV REALITY: “We are confident the grid will be able to cope through the robust processes in place for bringing forward a new generation and grid updates.” The UK government is constantly working towards upgrading the grid to be able to take the increasing electricity demand. 8. MYTH: Electric vehicles are worse for the climate than petrol cars due to the emissions REALITY: Electric vehicles typically have a smaller carbon footprint compared to petrol cars, even when accounting for the electricity used for charging. Moving out of the global pandemic, many have become aware of the improvement in air quality (temporarily during lockdown) due to the reduction of fossil-fuelled vehicles on our roads. As well as climate change causing CO2, fossil-fuelled vehicles (particularly diesel) are responsible for creating particulate matter and nitrous oxides that can cause respiratory disorders in adults and children. UK Government continues to support the deployment of low carbon and renewable technologies to deliver a cleaner greener system at the least cost to consumers and that maintains a secure supply of electricity. Long-term goals towards Net Zero. Legislation is now in place in the UK that will mean that from 2030 all new cars registered can only be fully electric ( to be clear – no new hybrids or PHEVs). CITA EV is here to fuel your transition to an EV and to assist on your journey towards electrification. Note: The Office of Zero Emission Vehicles has shared an official leaflet intending to address these misconceptions in depth. Check the full document here.