Debunking myths around Electric Vehicles and charging for new drivers

Debunking myths around Electric Vehicles and charging for new drivers

Today, we are addressing common myths and misconceptions about EV driver’s range anxiety and chargers. At EV OneStop, we're on a mission to debunk these myths and provide clear insights. Range anxiety often peaks, especially during long-distance travel where EV chargers may be sparse. Our goal is to empower you, the new driver, to navigate journeys confidently, free from the looming fears. By providing knowledge and assurance, we encourage you to embrace electric vehicles with certainty.

Most electric vehicles now come with the software that tells users specific information you may need for the confidence of travelling on the road. For example, on a Polestar, you put your destination in, it will calculate the charge you will have when you reach the destination and if you have a sufficient percentage for the return journey. If it calculates that you will not have sufficient charge to get back it will suggest locations where you can charge. The car will give you plenty of warning of the power dropping and this therefore makes a journey a lot easier- see images below for the example within a Polestar. If you are an early adopter of an EV, this software may not be available in your car. However other resources are available to you like Zapmap. You can search for locations that have charging points and even book your charging bays beforehand.

            

The myths that occur can give a false representation of driving EV’s. Some examples of these are, ‘EV charging takes too long’ or ‘There isn’t enough charge points available’. Let’s break a couple of myths down, let EV OneStop help you have the confidence of owning an EV and easily charging it.

  1. EV charging takes too long’.

Most EV drivers will carry out their charging at night, so when they are set to travel, they will have a fully charged battery. This will reduce the stress of charging, and the frequent worry of how long it will take to charge. Moreover, each AC charger can operate at different speeds, offering varying levels of charging efficiency, from 7.2Kwh all the way up to 22 kwh. Here at EV One Stop we have this to offer.

Drivers can be in control of the length it takes to charger their car. For example, as an EV starts to reach full capacity, like every battery, its internal resistance rises dramatically. While it may take a relatively short time to charge up to 80%, the remaining 20% can take as long as the previous 80%. By setting the charging limitations to your required percentage, EV owners can indeed charge their vehicles more quickly, this practice can be particularly useful when time is a priority.

  1. There aren’t enough charge points available’.

The concern that, 'there aren't enough charge points available,' is gradually becoming a thing of the past. Year after year, the landscape of EV charging is rapidly expanding. Just look at the numbers: from April 2023 to 2024, the UK witnessed a whopping 45% increase in charge points, from 53,865 to 61,232 charge points. It's not just a slight rise—it's a significant surge, highlighting the growing availability of charging points.

As previously mentioned, the car software, this helps you to locate available charging points on routes so that you don’t have to go out your way to find one. This adds a practical dimension, showing how technology is facilitating EV adoption by providing real-time information and convenience. The car itself will foresee when it needs charging and the locations you can be navigated to access.

As demands for chargers continues to climb, you need a convenient solution for your home too. That's where we, EV OneStop, can step right in and help. Our QUBEV smart charger presents a solution to heighten the accessibility to charging at home. It offers reliability, simplicity, and ease of installation and operation. Making it an ideal choice for those seeking hassle-free charging, with QUBEV Smart, owning a home charger becomes a straightforward and affordable process.

  1. ‘EV’s are too expensive to run.’

There's a widespread misconception that EV’s are costly to charge. However, let's consider the comparison: filling up a car with petrol, priced at 150p per litre, to drive 200 miles would cost around £35 in fuel. Contrastingly, powering an EV with a 50-kWh battery and a 200-mile range would only cost approximately £14.50. That's less than half the price of petrol; breaking it down further, petrol would cost around 17.5p per mile, while EVs would only cost around 7p per mile to operate. Over time, these savings accumulate significantly, making ownership of an EV a financially wise choice. This just highlights the fact that they are not expensive to run and in fact significantly cheaper than petrol cars.

By dispelling these myths and misconceptions, we can promote a better understanding of the benefits and potential of electric vehicles, thereby helping to speed up their implementation for a more sustainable future and help to speed it up in achieving those needs.


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