Facts and Myths about Electric Cars

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Electric Vehicles (EVs) are being constantly compared to Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles. This generates many rumors and opens the door to myths on the subject. To clarify everything, we bring you 10 interesting facts about electric cars, as well as debunk some myths about electric vehicles and more.

10 Interesting Facts about Electric Cars

EVs are making history in the present and have done so in the past. Here we bring 10 fun facts about electric vehicles that you will find quite interesting.

1. More EVs are sold per week than in the whole of 2012

EV popularity has rapidly increased over the years. In 2012 113,000 EVs were sold, more than twice the 45,000 sales from 2011. Nowadays more EVs are sold every week that in the whole of 2012. In 2021 alone, 6.6 million EVs were sold (around 126,000 EVs per week) and in Q1 of 2022, sales reached 2 million, which is around 150,000 EVs sales per week.

2. The first EV was created more than 100 years ago

One of the most interesting facts about electric vehicles is that they were created in the 1800s. A prototype was made in 1832 by Scotsman Robert Anderson, but the first functional EV was created in 1884 by Thomas Parker. The first appearance in the U.S. was introduced by William Morrison in 1890.

3. Driving an EV is 50% cheaper per mile driven than a combustion vehicle

Among the most positive facts about electric cars is their driving cost. Driving 100 miles on an EV costs on average $3.00, while driving those same 100 miles in a 25 MPG ICE vehicle with the gas price at $3.689, costs $14.75. This means that EVs are 79.66% cheaper than ICE vehicles.

4. Norway is banning sales of ICE vehicles by 2025, and more countries are following

Among the most shocking facts about EVs is that they will most likely replace ICE vehicles entirely in the future. Norway is leading the way by banning sales of ICE vehicles in 2025. The European Union also adopted this rule by 2035, and so will the state of California in the United States.

5. Around 50% of the EVs in the world are in china

Even though EVs are popular in the U.S. and Europe, they are much more popular in China. EV sales in China reached 3.2 million in 2021, this is almost half the 6.6 million EVs sold throughout the year.

6. EVs use almost 80% of their energy, ICE vehicles waste 70% of theirs

EVs are powered with electricity, while ICE vehicles are powered with gasoline through a combustion process. One of the cool facts about electric cars is that EVs convert 77% of the energy consumed into mobility, while ICE vehicles only convert 12% to 30%, wasting 70% or more of it.

7. There are over 30 EV manufacturers worldwide, but Tesla still rules the market

There are over 30 EV manufacturers worldwide, including Toyota, BYD, General Motors, and Volkswagen, but the largest of them is Tesla. There is vivid competition among them, but Tesla still leads the way with a market share of 79% in 2020 and 69.95% in 2021.

8. EVs will be able to charge in less than 10 minutes in the future

Among the good things about electric cars is that they can charge at a relatively fast pace. EVs can be charged overnight at home, but using a public fast-charging station takes from 1 hour up to 20 minutes, however, it seems this will be faster in the future, charging to 90% in just 10 minutes.

9. EVs will legally have to include artificial engine sounds

The inclusion of artificial sounds in EVs is among the most interesting electric vehicle facts. EVs are virtually soundless, but in compliance with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 141, and for safety reasons, they have to include a sound alerting pedestrians, sadly, the sound cannot be chosen by drivers.

10. EVs will be used even in the most remote locations: The Moon!

If you are thinking of cool facts about electric cars, this one will blow your mind: EVs will be used on The Moon! NASA has chosen Canoo, a rising EV manufacturer, to produce EVs for the crew of the Artemis mission, the first human mission to reach the moon since the space race.

Busting the Myths about Electric Vehicles

Just like there are many fun facts, there are many common misconceptions about electric cars. In this section, we aim to have them all debunked.

1. EV batteries have a short lifespan

One of the greatest myth of electric cars is that EV batteries have a relatively short lifespan, this is entirely false. According to Federal Law, EV automakers have to issue a separate warranty for the battery of EVs covering the product for 8 or 100,000 miles, but some manufacturers go up to 10 years. Even though this is the warranty, these batteries can last 10 to 20 years before having to be replaced.

2. The driving range limit for EVs is too low

There is a rumor that the driving range for EVs is too low, but this has been entirely debunked several times. The average U.S. citizen drives 35 miles per day and EVs feature on average a 250 miles driving range, this can easily suit your driving needs for a whole week with a single charge.

3. EVs are not as fast as ICE vehicles

The myth of electric cars that is simultaneously true and false is that EVs are not as fast as ICE vehicles. EVs can accelerate as fast and sometimes faster than ICE vehicles, however, ICE vehicles can reach faster top speeds. The new Tesla Roadster goes up to 250 mph, while the Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut reaches 310 mph.

4. Hybrids and electric cars are practically the same

Another myth of electric cars that is entirely wrong is that Hybrid cars and Battery EVs (BEVs) are the same. EVs entirely run on a lithium-ion battery charged with electricity, while hybrids require a combination of electricity and conventional fuel to run.

5. EVs generate the same emissions as ICE vehicles

EVs producing the same or more emissions than ICE vehicles is another of the false myths about electric vehicles. One of the bad things about electric cars is that even when they do not generate emissions while the car is running, the electricity used to charge them may come from fossil fuels which will still have associated Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions. However, EVs pollution over their lifetime is nearly half (or even less) than ICE vehicles in general. If the EV is charged with renewable energy sources, then the emissions are reduced to a minimum.

Questions & Answers

Aside from the myths and fun facts about electric vehicles, there are many questions regarding the subject. Here we aim to answer some of the most important ones:

1. Can I truly charge an EV overnight?

One of the good things about electric cars is that an EV battery can be entirely charged overnight with a Level 2 EV charger. These EV chargers fully charge a battery in 4 – 10 hours, enough time for you to get from work, sleep, spend some time at home, and go out again with a full battery.

2. Can I use EVs on road trips?

Absolutely. EVs are great for road trips, they can take you from your starting location to your ideal camping or travel destination. You will find multiple EV charging stations across the country where you can recharge your vehicle safely along the way, you can use the PlugShare website to find them or the database of the U.S. Department of Energy. Additionally, you can use the Vehicle to Load (V2L) feature included in some EVs to power regular appliances and electronics on the campsite.

3. How often do EVs run out of battery on the road?

Around 99% of people think that EV drivers run out of battery more often than they do, causing an entirely unfounded fear. In truth, less than 4% of EV drivers ran out of energy or have their EVs breakdown, making EVs extremely reliable vehicles.

Nick Zamanov
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Nick Zamanov is a head of sales and business development at Cyber Switching. He is an expert in EV infrastructure space and he is an EV enthusiast since 2012, Since then Nick strongly believed that electric vehicles would eventually replace Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) cars.

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