Myths And Facts About Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles have gained lots of popularity in recent years. Automakers such as Nissan, BMW, and Porsche have all started releasing EV’s. Tesla sold over 350 thousand cars in 2019, which is more than the combined number of sales from 2017 and 2018!

Along with a rise in sales comes a rise in common myths and misconceptions regarding electric vehicles. Are they really more eco-friendly than petrol cars? Do they have enough range to go on a cross-country road trip? Are they as safe as conventional cars? Continue reading to find out.

Myth: Electric Cars Are Slow

Car Manufacturers Show Off Their Latest Models At Los Angeles Auto Show
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Electric cars are anything but slow. Their electric motors allow the car to reach maximum torque practically instantly, as opposed to gasoline cars where the process takes longer. In effect, EV’s are a lot faster from a standstill and at low speeds. The Porsche Taycan (pictured) can sprint to 60 miles per hour in just 2.8 seconds and reach the top speed of 161mph.

It’s not just performance EV’s that are a lot faster than gas-powered cars. The BMW i3, a tiny car designed mainly for city driving, can accelerate to 60 miles per hour in 7.3 seconds.