The decarbonisation of cars is an essential step towards net zero. Transport makes up 28% of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK – that equates to around 126 million tonnes of CO2 each year. It’s time to embrace a new kind of travel, one powered by electricity. But while the sale of electric vehicles is on the rise, many of us have reservations about the technology.
In this blog, we’ll debunk some of the most common EV myths and show how taking the road to zero needn’t be scary.
You can’t take long journeys
Range anxiety – the fear that an EV doesn’t have enough battery charge to complete a journey. It’s perhaps the most common concern that drivers considering an EV will have, but is this fear a hangover from when batteries and the charging infrastructure were less advanced?
Your electric vehicle’s range will depend on its model – anything from 100 miles all the way up to 300 miles. When you consider that the average length of a car trip is 8.4 miles, most EVs would be able to complete a week’s worth of journeys without needing to be plugged in. And as battery technology improves and the UK’s charging infrastructure grows further, electric vehicle range will become even less of a concern.
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There aren’t enough charging points
Another hangover from the early days. But there are now more than 43,000 charge point connectors at over 16,000 locations in the UK, with around 7,000 charge point connectors added in 2020 alone. In fact, there’s more public places to charge up your EV than there are petrol stations (there’s only 8,380 of those). So it’s unlikely you’ll get caught short on a longer drive.
The National Grid won’t be able to support EV charging demand
The National Grid predicts that, even if everyone decided to swap to an electric vehicle overnight, it would only increase demand by around 10%. So there’s enough energy to go round.
Don’t believe us? Graeme Cooper, Transport Decarbonisation Director at the National Grid says; ‘There is definitely enough energy and the grid can cope easily.’
EVs are expensive
There are more than 130 electric vehicle and hybrid models available to buy now. And with so much choice comes more affordability, and a growing second hand market too. That’s not to mention the fact that EVs are currently completely exempt from car tax, unlike their petrol and diesel counterparts, and you won’t pay the London congestion and Ultra Low Emission Zone charges either.
EVs are affordable to run too – it costs between £13 and £16 of petrol or diesel fuel to cover 100 miles, but just £4 to £6 to travel the same distance in an electric vehicle. Plus, there’s about 20 moving parts in the ‘engine’ of an EV, compared to around 2,000 in the average internal combustion engine, so you’re less likely to have to shell out for mechanical issues.
It’s just another fad
Decarbonising transport is essential if we’re to meet the government’s net zero goal. And with the sale of new petrol and diesel cars being banned from 2030, you can expect to see a lot more electric vehicles on the road. Electric vehicles and hybrids are making up an increasing proportion of overall car sales – pure electric sales increased by 185.9% in 2020 versus 2019, and plug-in hybrid sales increased by 91.2%.
If the statistics are anything to go by, electric vehicles are here to stay.
EVs aren’t environmentally friendly
Unlike their petrol and diesel counterparts electric vehicles emit no tailpipe emissions once on the road. However, the manufacture of an electric vehicle, and specifically the manufacture of its battery, will emit CO2 – one report suggests that the EV manufacturing process emits 59% more CO2 than that of a traditional internal combustion engine vehicle.
As the technology develops though, and demand continues to rise, EV production should become greener. And as we said before, once your shiny new electric car is on the road, its emissions will reduce drastically, unlike a car with a combustion engine, which will kick out carbon and pollute our air for the rest of its days – 36,000 people die annually in the UK as a result of long-term exposure to air pollution.
Of course, an EV is only as clean as the power used to keep it running, so make sure you’re charging yours up with renewable energy. All of Pure Planet’s electricity is 100% renewable, from wind, solar and water, so you can rest assured your at-home charging is entirely green.
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