Looking at the automotive market as an EV owner it can be pretty easy to ask, why hasn’t electric taken over yet? Why are people still choosing conventional gas vehicles when there are so many great electric options on the market? Today we’ll be looking at some of the main arguments against electric car ownership, and dispelling some myths about them.

Range

The first thing anyone would be concerned about is range. A car is useless if it can’t get you anywhere. While most people realize the 200+ mile range available on many cars today is plenty for their daily commute, most people are worried about road trips. While charging infrastructure has been built in many areas, we are not at the point yet where you can confidently get anywhere without worrying about finding a charger. And even with fast chargers, you’ll still have to wait around for upwards of 20 minutes whenever you run out of range. While electric cars are a great option for your daily driving, maybe they can’t work for people who want to go on road trips.

The myth here is that you have to choose. Plug-in hybrids can be an excellent option for people who want the advantages of electricity on their daily commute with the flexibility to still go on road trips easily. These cars have sizeable batteries offering enough range for most people to do all of their daily driving fully electric. But on longer trips, you can switch over to burning gas for the range and ease of refueling only when you need it.

Price

The worry for consumers looking to make the switch to electric is the price. Electric cars are a newer technology, and with that comes quite the markup. Many people believe that because of this electric really can’t be competitive with gas-powered cars.

While this may have been true several years ago, the electric car landscape has been shifting drastically over the past couple of years. Manufacturers have been aggressively driving down costs to make electric more affordable. We’ve also seen many new manufacturers enter the industry and making things more competitive. 

You can’t forget the savings not having to fuel up. While you still obviously need to pay for electricity, that cost ends up being next to nothing compared to the thousands you could end up spending on gas in a year.

And we can’t forget tax credits! With both the federal and state tax credits if you’re lucky enough to have that available to you, a new electric car can look like a very attractive option.

If you’re not in a position to buy new, there’s hope for you too! Since the electric vehicle market is still fairly new there hasn’t been much time to establish a strong used market. But the EV market has been picking up in a big way in the last year. It shouldn’t be too far off for some of those cars to start hitting the used market, so you might be able to snag yourself a deal fairly soon!

The Environment

The last common myth we’ll touch on is that electric cars might actually be WORSE for the environment than gas cars. Even though you’re not burning gas, most of our energy production still comes from fossil fuels. Unless you’ve got solar panels on your roof there’s a serious chance your electric car is running on coal.

Thankfully this myth holds no water. While there are emissions from power generation, the total emissions per mile driving an electric car still ends up being significantly less than burning gas. And we can’t stay on fossil fuels forever. So if you go electric today your car can end up becoming even better for the environment if your area builds out more renewable energy.

So hopefully today we’ve helped you understand some of the arguments against electric cars. And hopefully, we’ve given the information you need to refute these arguments when your friend goes out to buy a diesel truck because he’d heard electric is bad for the environment.

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