DEMYSTIFYING Electric vehicles - Part 1

In the modern world where some of the news you see on TV and in the newspaper is possibly fake, you’d not be surprised to hear that much of what you hear about electric vehicles (EVs) is utter rubbish. In a two-part blog series, we will look deeper into these myths and set the record straight. By all means, please feel free weigh in with your own comments and opinions.

Charging and Batteries

MYTH: EV adoption will only take off with a developed charging infrastructure.
FACT: Most cars are driven in cities and only cover a typical daily driving distance of around 45 miles. An older EV range is around 120 miles, while the new Tesla Model S P100D now has a range of over 300 miles. BMW, Renault, VW, Hyundai Renault and Chevrolet are all about to sell cars of a similar range.

Most of your charging can be done at home. If you charge at home you wake up to a fully charged car and will hardly ever have to use a public charger. Charging during off-peak hours, the cost of electricity can be as little as 70% the cost of petrol.  

There are different types of EV charging speeds. They are Level 1 (rated at 3 KW), Level 2 (rated at 7 22KW), Level 3 & 4 rated at 43KW–145KW DC fast/rapid charging. Even the slowest chargers will replenish the average EV overnight, though faster charging units are about to be brought on line.

An ultra-fast charging network is being developed in Europe. The infrastructure is being jointly developed by four major European car companies and Ford. The network will be using the CCS (Combined Charging System) protocol that will be able to charge a 300 mile range EV to 80% in around 15 minutes, meaning that you can have a cup of coffee while the car’s being charged, recharging yourself for the next leg of the journey as you do the car. The CCS is nearly double the speed of the current fastest network, the Tesla Super Charger network.

MYTH: The grid will crash if everyone has an EV and charge at once.
FACT: Electrical energy use has been growing ever since it was first developed. If the lights went out governments would fall. If we were all so community minded to not buy an EV to save everyone else’s electricity perhaps we should pack our bags and head out to live in log cabins and whittle spoons for a living to save the planet and everyone else’s electricity?!

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