5 Reasons Why People Don’t Buy Electric Cars (and Why U.S. News Says They’re Wrong)

As technology continues to improve in the automotive industry, electric cars, or EVs, continue to increase in popularity. While some legitimate factors may keep drivers from considering an EV purchase, there’s also a wide variety of misinformation and fear surrounding the EV market.

Recently, U.S. News compiled a list of the biggest misconceptions that potential consumers have about EV ownership and did its best to quell any fears that may surround an EV purchase. Here are five reasons why people don’t buy electric cars and why those reasons are misinformed.

1. EVs do not have enough range

One of the biggest misconceptions about EVs is the idea that range is a massive issue with daily ownership. According to U.S. News, while it is true that earlier EVs often had a range in the double digits, new EVs can drive for much longer without needing a charge, and we aren’t even talking about luxury EVs. The Chevrolet Bolt, one of the cheapest EVs on the road today, has a range of over 250 miles on a single charge. With small internal combustion cars such as the Chevy Spark having a maximum gasoline range of around 300 miles per full tank, the difference is hardly noticeable.

2. Batteries degrade, and they are expensive to replace

Batteries indeed degrade and lose capacity over time in any electronic device. However, many consumers see the battery degradation in their cell phone’s battery and worry the same will occur in their EVs. Automakers build these battery packs to last, with many companies offering a 100,000-mile or eight-year full warranty on the battery. In recent studies, data has shown that after 150,000 miles, Tesla vehicles only lose around 8% of their battery capacity. This means that Tesla vehicles could still have 80% of their original capacity at the 500,000-mile mark, many more miles than any gas-powered car will ever see.

3. Electric cars catch on fire

French Autolib electric pick-up service cars on fire on a Paris street
French Autolib electric pick-up service cars on fire | SAMANTHA DUBOIS/AFP via Getty Images

While it is true that some EV fires have made the news recently, with sensational articles being published about the dangers of EV fires, the truth is that gas-powered vehicles have more flammable components than EVs. There are countless more fires started by gas-powered cars than EVs. EVs use lithium-ion batteries, like your cell phone and computer, but do you worry about those catching fire? Probably not, so you shouldn’t worry about EV fires, either.

4. It isn’t easy to get an EV repaired

With electric vehicles becoming commonplace on the roads today, you can get repairs and services performed on your EV at just about any dealership network nationwide. No specialist is necessary for your Chevy Bolt repair. Just bring it to any Chevrolet dealership. Other companies such as Rivian and Tesla will bring a repair team to your door to fix your EV while you wait at home, making electric car repairs much more convenient to perform than on gas-powered vehicles.

5. Charging takes too long

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How Long Will an EV Battery Last?

Like with other components of electric car ownership, many wary consumers think EV ownership will leave you late for work as you wait for your car to have enough charge for the morning commute, but that is simply not true. For most drivers, your fueling takes place during a different time frame. With a gas-powered car, you typically spend a few minutes a week at the gas pump refueling, but with an EV, all charging takes place either at work or home while you are not using your car, meaning your vehicle is charging while you are busy with other things. For road trips, technology is improving, and many vehicles can charge hundreds and hundreds of miles in just 15 minutes at a fast charging station.

Don’t be afraid to leap into electric vehicle ownership!

Technology continues to improve every year, and with those improvements, electric vehicles become a viable option for more and more Americans as time goes on. The truth is electric vehicle ownership is easier than ever. If you want to get into EV ownership, take the leap today! You may never know; it just may be the perfect type of car for your lifestyle!