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Myth – they can’t go very far

In fact domestic electric vehicle users can easily achieve a mileage of 24,000 miles/year (twice the national average) only requiring simple charging at home while asleep and if necessary during the day at work while working. With access to a local rapid charger fleet vehicles can achieve 35,000 miles/year. All this with practical range of 70-100 miles. More expensive EVs (such as the Tesla Model S) can achieve an NEDC range of 312 miles.

Myth – they are slow

Modern EVs have powerful electric motors and can reach top speeds of over 90 mph. They can accelerate like a conventional car (frequently quicker). The Nissan Leaf for example (if unrestricted) has achieved 120 mph.

Myth – they are expensive

Currently an EV does cost more to buy than a conventional car but. However, with operating costs down to 1/10th of a conventional vehicle, if you are travelling more than 12,000 miles/year they have a lower whole life cost. The low operating costs means that EVs are ideally suited to leasing, the fuel savings of up to £400pm contribute substantially to or exceed the monthly lease costs.

Myth – Public Charge Points are needed

Electric vehicles charge from standard mains electricity delivered to every habitable building in the modern world. A simple special socket and a dedicated cable ensure safe operation that may also be free. At home those with a second (conventional) car probably never charge any where other than home and maybe work.
For those that want to maximise fuel savings, an ever expanding UK network of rapid charge points allows charging to 80% in around 30 mins. Just enough time for a relaxing drink and quick check of your emails.Ecotricity’s Electric Highway has over 100 fast/rapid chargers throughout England and it is expect that there will be one in every motorway service station by the end of 2014.  Ecotricity's Electric Highway has over 100 fast/rapid chargers throughout England as of 30 Jan 2014.  With these chargers electric vehicles can be charged in around 30 minutes to 80%.30 Jan 2014.

Myth – they look quirky

Most modern electric vehicles are designed as normal family cars. You may even have been overtaken by an electric car and not have been aware of it.

Myth – they are not really green!

Many partial or fully 100% renewable energy tariffs are available at a similar price, making the electricity generation green as well. Using a green tariff will also encourage the green energy supply market making a greener future. If you have solar panels at home it is possible to charge from your solar panels for FREE. Even using UK “brown” electricity, EVs only generate about 80g/km, 90% of the greenest diesel vehicle currently on the road. Unlike petrol/diesel the batteries can and have to be recycled (in Europe) by law. Nissan are also re-using old batteries for off-grid energy storage.

Myth – the batteries need replacing!

Manufacturers guarantee the batteries between 5-7 years depending on the model. Also the batteries are expected to last longer than this. Just like a conventional car the performance deteriorates with time. If the car no longer fits the owner’s needs there is an active second-hand market with lower range requirements. Selecting a vehicle with a battery lease option ensures peace of mind.

Myth – no body is using them!

In fact many companies with fleets are running electric vehicles (see electric vehicle examples).  For example (at June 2014) two of the six UK taxi companies running electric cars in the UK rely completely on electric vehicles to provide a high profile public service.

Overview

Electric vehicles
  • can travel upto 35,000 miles/year
  • can travel 120 mph
  • can reduce fuel costs by upto 90%
  • can make whole life cost savings
  • don’t need public charging points
  • can be operated sustainably
  • look and drive normally
  • can be powered sustainably
  • have batteries that last more than 7 years and don’t need replacing
  • are being used widely now
With so many myths and misconceptions about electric vehicles, how can you be sure of what to believe? Evergreen Consulting use extensive practical experience of operating this new technology to manage this new technology for you. We do not sell, or receive commission on, any vehicles or related equipment purchased giving you the assurance that we are working in your best interests. To see how much money you can save and contact us now.