What are the main problems with electric cars? Sure, every car has their fair share of problems. But, we think the public is grossly undervaluing the electric car. Furthermore, we think the negative stigma surrounding the electric car rests on a few myths. We will debug two huge myths below with the help of the Environmental Protection Agency!
Firstly, are electric vehicles are worse for the climate than gasoline cars because of the power plant emissions? This myth is claimed constantly. On internet chat sites and on showroom floors!
- FACT: Electric vehicles typically have a smaller carbon footprint than gasoline cars. Even when accounting for the electricity used for charging.
Electric vehicles (EVs) have no tailpipe emissions. Generating the electricity used to charge EVs, however, may create carbon pollution. The amount varies widely based on how local power is generated.
- E.g., using coal or natural gas, which emit carbon pollution, versus renewable resources like wind or solar, which do not. Even accounting for these electricity emissions. Moreover, research shows that an EV battery charging is typically responsible for lower levels of greenhouse gases (GHGs) than an average new gasoline car. To the extent that more renewable energy sources like wind and solar are used to generate electricity. The total GHGs associated with EVs could be even lower. Learn more about electricity production in your area.EPA and DOE’s Beyond Tailpipe Emissions Calculator can help you estimate the greenhouse gas emissions associated with charging and driving an EV or a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) where you live. You can select an EV or PHEV model and type in your zip code to see the CO2 emissions. And how they stack up against those associated with a gasoline car.
Secondly, electric vehicles don’t have enough range to handle daily travel demands.
- FACT: Electric vehicle range is more than enough for typical daily use in the U.S.
Electric vehicles (EVs) have sufficient range to cover a typical household’s daily travel. Which is approximately 50 miles on average per day. The majority of households (roughly 85%) travel under 100 miles on a typical day. Most EV models go above 200 miles on a fully-charged battery. Furthermore, with nearly all new models traveling more than 100 miles on a single charge. And automakers have announced plans to release even more long-range models in the coming years. Range estimates for specific EVs are available from the Find A Car tool on www.fueleconomy.gov. Click on the car you are interested in, and check out the “EPA Fuel Economy” line in the table. How you drive your vehicle and the driving conditions. Including hot and cold weather, also affect the range of an electric vehicle; for instance, researchers found on average could decrease about 40% due to cold temperatures and the use of heat. Visit www.energy.gov to get tips on maximizing your electric car’s range in extreme temperatures.