Despite the fact that electric cars have already established themselves on the European car market, opinions are still divided. Over the years, many (partial) untruths have been spread. In this article you’ll read about the facts and myths of electric driving.
One of the things you will often hear against electric driving is the charging time of such a vehicle. There’s some truth in that, if you compare it to filling up a car with fossil fuels. But, with a fast charger, which you can find along many European motorways, the car will be back to full power in about twenty to forty minutes. In addition, with ‘normal’ use you do not have to deal with longer charging times, because you usually leave home with a full battery. You only have to make a concession for the longer trips, which fall outside the range.
EV pollution versus fuel-powered pollution
It is sometimes said that driving an electric car is more polluting than driving a petrol or diesel car. However, this is absolutely not true. It is true that the electricity that has to be generated is a burden on the environment. Also, when producing the engines and batteries, harmful substances are released. However, this does not outweigh the exhaust emissions and the limited lifespan of a fuel-powered car. Especially if the electricity used for electric cars comes from renewable sources like wind and solar energy, the electric car easily wins on the environmental front.
Travelling through Europe
Many people are afraid that an electric car will not take them to the places they want to go. However, this fear is not entirely justified. Europe already has an extensive EV charging infrastructure throughout the continent. And according to EV charging data, this will also become bigger and bigger with time. Of course, in certain exceptional areas you will be more limited with an electric car, but for the most part you are assured of a well-functioning and reliable charging network.
Although electric cars are still in development, the vehicles have already surpassed the polluting fuel cars in many areas. It seems only a matter of time before petrol and diesel cars become obsolete.