World EV Day9th September 2021
The second ever World EV Day is here!
This World EV day will mark a second global movement toward more sustainable transport. It’s a day that focusses on driving change and supporting E-mobility across the globe.
The benefits of driving an EV are HUGE, with exciting new technologies currently being developed promising to cut charging times to minutes, extend range significantly and further enhance safety and automation features, there has never been a better time to make the switch and go EV.
At the Phoenix works it remains our mission to make your renewable transition simple, accessible and as easy as possible. And whilst there are predictions of over 323million EV’s on the road by 2040, there are still quite a few myths out there that may be putting people off.
That’s why this year we’ve decided to bust 5 of the biggest myths out there to help people make the switch and go electric!
Electric Vehicle Myths Busted
Myth 1: Electric cars are slow
Nope. In fact, when it comes to acceleration EVs are much faster than a dirty old petrol or diesel car.
If you want to get technical it’s all about having instant torque.
The current Nissan Leaf accelerates from 0-60 in under 8 seconds, and the Audi RS e-tron GT promises 0-62mph in 3.3s with a top speed of 155mph, Hold tight!
Myth 2: They’re too expensive
Like their more conventionally fueled family members, it’s entirely possible to spend serious cash on electric vehicles. There are however, plenty of affordable options out there, with a new VW ID.3 Pure and Skoda CITIGOe iV costing around £25k and £15k respectively.
There are also fewer running costs for EVs; a new Nissan Leaf can cost just £5.60 to charge fully and can run for as little as 3.33p a mile. If you compare that to how much it currently costs you to fill up your car and how many miles you get out of that tank, this is one area you’ll really start to see the savings! And no tailpipe means no emissions, so you’ll also save on road tax and congestion charges.
Myth 3: There aren’t enough public charging points
Negative. In fact, the UK has over 43,000 chargepoint connectors and counting, including over 10,000 rapid chargepoint connectors. The infrastructure is growing rapidly and soon there will be charging points everywhere, albeit in a discreet way, such as in lamposts.
Having said that, research carried out by Delta-ee predicts that only 8% of EV charging is expected to use the public charging infrastructure. So you might be spending a lot less time at public charging points than you think!
Myth 4: Limited range
The range of current EVs varies from 168 miles for the new Nissan Leaf to 335 miles for the Tesla Model S7, but with 95% of car journeys being under 25 miles, range shouldn’t be a problem in reality.
Plus, with the UK’s public EV charging network ever growing, you aren’t likely ever to be too far away from an available charge point.
Myth 5: You can’t put an EV through a car wash!
We were a little surprised by this one but according to a survey conducted for Go Ultra Low, 42% of the British public were unsure if you could put an EV through a car wash. We can see the logic – don’t mix water and electricity – but fear not, this is not true.
Bear in mind that petrol and diesel cars have a lot of electric functions such as the windows and nothing dangerous happens when they go through – assuming the windows are up of course!
Guide to workplace & fleet charging
We understand that as well as looking for the right EV charging solution for your business, you want confidence that it will continue to perform for years to come without causing disruption to daily operations. Our guide to Fleet & Workplace Charging gives you an introduction to implementing charging hubs, home charging for your employees and providing charging facilities at the workplace.
Here to help
If you’re looking to electrify your fleet or provide EV charge points at your workplace, get in touch and one of our helpful experts will be on hand to guide you.