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Busting the five most common EV myths

Jul 21, 2023 | Uncategorized

Transport is the largest contributor to harmful climate emissions in Scotland, so we believe passionately in persuading people to switch to electric vehicles to help ensure a cleaner, greener future.

But we know there’s some enduring myths out there that might be stopping you making that change. So, let’s take a look at five of the most common:

 

Myth 1: You can’t go very far in an electric vehicle

Truth: EVs have an average range of around 200 miles, with many able to go much further on a single charge. You can increase that range by sticking to the speed limit, braking carefully and taking unnecessary items out of your car to lighten the load.

If you’re on a long journey, you can use a rapid charger to top up your charge at a public point while on a rest break.

 

Myth 2: EVs are much more expensive than normal cars

Truth: There’s a bit of truth to this one, but only if you just consider the up-front price.

If you also look at running costs, servicing and how well they retain their resale value, EVs come out on top. Some car parks even offer free parking spaces for electric vehicles.

As battery prices fall, and EVs become more mainstream, we expect their price to reduce over the next few years too.

 

Myth 3: If we all start driving EVs, the grid won’t cope

Truth: Even if everyone in the UK suddenly switched to an EV, National Grid believes it would only increase electricity demand by around 10% – which they are confident they could manage.

But of course, that won’t happen. The shift to EVs is currently happening very gradually, so it can easily afford to speed up a bit.

 

Myth 4: EV batteries can’t be recycled, so will just end up in landfill – that’s not very green, is it?

Truth: This is one of those myths that has got a lot of traction – but simply isn’t true. EV batteries can be recycled at processing centres, or be repurposed for energy storage. At the moment, some EV batteries are being shipped to EU processing centres to be recycled, but this is a short-term solution until the UK government sets up a recycling chain on our shores.

 

Myth 5: Charging takes too long and is far too complicated

EV chargers come in different shapes and sizes, but rapid chargers – such as FOR:EV’s – can take as little as 20 minutes to charge a vehicle, depending on its output. And because our latest technology provides a stress-free charging experience with a variety of payment options, you won’t need to download any apps or rely on having a mobile phone connection.

 

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