Due to the latent fear of new and unjustified prejudices based on unfamiliarity, electric mobility appears in a bad light to many motorists.
The electric car is synonymous with clean, forward-looking mobility, and here are the most common myths about e-mobility
ELECTRIC CARS ARE FAR TOO EXPENSIVE
In fact, most e-cars cost a little more to buy than the comparison model with an internal combustion engine.
However, this is offset by significant savings in everyday life:
Significantly lower maintenance and upkeep costs, as the technology requires no maintenance except for brakes, air conditioning and disc water.
The cost of electricity per kilometer is about 30 times higher than the cost of fuel per kilometer
E-mobility has many tax advantages (no standard consumption tax, no tax on motor-related insurance, elimination of non-monetary benefits and input tax deductibility for all electric vehicles
It is also to be expected that as demand increases, the cost of batteries will fall further and electric cars will be even cheaper to produce for the foreseeable future than today’s conventional cars.
THE RANGE IS FAR TOO SMALL
Most drivers expect a range that is far greater than what they would actually need in everyday life.
Nevertheless, the charging infrastructure is constantly evolving and is already better than most people think, plus, within the first two years of purchasing a VW E- vehicle for your vacation trip, Volkswagen will provide a free 30-day replacement car if needed.
THE PRODUCTION OF BATTERIES IS MUCH MORE HARMFUL TO THE ENVIRONMENT THAN THE PRODUCTION OF A CONVENTIONAL CAR
In order to make a serious comparison of the environmental compatibility of the two concepts, it is necessary to look not only at the production of the vehicles, but also, consequently, at the production of the fuels, the consumption and the polluting emissions.
Thus, the electric car – even though battery production is indeed very energy-intensive – has a significantly better environmental record than the more economical combustion model. Incidentally: Modern lithium-ion batteries are much more durable than their reputation. After 10 years, most batteries still have a capacity of 80.
Furthermore, used drive batteries are used for energy storage in apartments and hotels and after 20 years, contrary to popular belief, the batteries can be recycled very well in an environmentally friendly way.
WE DO NOT PRODUCE ENOUGH (GREEN) ELECTRICITY FOR MILLIONS OF ELECTRONIC CARS
Of course, electricity consumption will increase if all cars are powered solely by electricity – but only by a single-digit percentage.
Because of the significantly higher efficiency of electric cars, overall energy consumption will even decrease slightly.
This means that electric cars can make excellent use of the currently superfluous electricity produced at night by wind and water power plants.
Self-sufficiency through their own photovoltaic system will also become even more attractive for many e-mobility enthusiasts.
In short, the expansion of renewable energies is (also in the future) growing faster than the number of new electric car registrations.
In addition, there are already “smart grid” projects that integrate electric cars and can thus absorb power peaks thanks to the drive batteries.
ELECTRIC CAR BATTERIES QUICKLY CATCH FIRE AND EXPLODE
A modern rechargeable battery is safer than a full tank of gasoline.For comparison: Currently, there are two fires in electric cars for every billion kilometers driven, but 90 fires in internal combustion models.
In Germany alone, an average of 40 conventional cars burn every day, but the public is only aware of the 20 electric car fires that have occurred worldwide (!) to date.
THE FUTURE BELONGS TO THE FUEL CELL
Strictly speaking, the “hydrogen car” is also an electric car – but with a lower degree of efficiency, because energy is lost during production.
A process that requires so much electricity that a hydrogen car does even more harm in terms of CO2 emissions than a modern diesel car.