Today on Planet 100: Are You Falling for These Common Electric Car Myths? (Video)
From the Nissan LEAF to the Tesla Model S to the Chevy Volt, a battery of new electric cars are ready to surge onto the roads. But even as automakers race to secure their entrees to the market key questions about the vehicles remain.WATCH VIDEO: Are You Falling for These Common Electric Car Myths?
Can electric cars achieve a functional range? Do they create new kinds of pollution? Could the jeapordize the country's electric grid? Can they be affordable?
There's only one problem with these questions: They are based on long-held myths that don't reflect the realities of modern electric vehicles.
Planet 100 dispels the Top 5 electric car myths:
1. Range Myth: EVs don't have much range, so be prepared to be stranded when you run out of electricity.
Fact: The average Americans drives 40 miles per day and most Battery Electric Vehicles have a range of at least double that and can be charged at any ordinary electrical outlet or publicly accessible station with a faster charger.
Myth: Electric cars pollute just as much as gas cars; all you are doing is replacing the tailpipe with a smokestack.
Fact: electric cars create much less pollution than even the cleanest gas or diesel cars currently available. That's mostly because moving power from batteries through an electric motor to the wheels is about twice as efficient as burning liquid fuel through an internal combustion engine and transmission.
3. Grid Crash
Myth: We'll bring down the grid if millions of plug-ins charge at once.
Fact: Almost all electric car charging will happen at home, and can be accomplished overnight during off-peak hours. Most estimates suggest that our current energy grid can easily keep up with growing electric car charging needs for at least the next decade.
Myth: Battery chemicals are bad for the environment and they can't be recycled.
Fact: According to the EPA, ninety-nine percent of batteries in conventional cars are recycled. The metals in newer batteries are more valuable and recycling programs are already being developed for them. Utilities plan to use batteries for energy storage once they are no longer viable in a vehicle.
Myth: Plug-ins are too expensive for market penetration, it's only rich people who can afford to drive them.
Fact: Any new technology is initially more expensive - think PCs, cells phones and DVDs— but if there's enough demand, production volumes will go up and prices will come down. Especially with the government handing out $2,500 to $7,500 tax credits for EVs and PHEVs.
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