Myths, FAQs, and Info About Electric Vehicles


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  1. MYTHS ABOUT Electric vehicles
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  • MYTH: Electric vehicles are worse for the environment than regular cars!
  • FACT: EVs produce no emissions- that means no tailpipes producing air pollution or greenhouse gases (GHG)! That's good for human AND environmental health.  However, generating the electricity used to charge EVs may create GHG emissions. The amount varies widely based on how local power is generated. Hooking up to renewable resources like wind or solar doesn't generate GHG emissions, but electricity fueled by coal or natural gas does.  Even accounting for these electricity emissions, research shows that EVs are typically responsible for lower levels of GHG emissions than gas-powered vehicles. The EPA and U.S. Department of Energy's Beyond Tailpipe Emissions Calculator can help you estimate the GHG emissions associated with charging and driving an EV or PHEV right where you live.

  • MYTH: EV batteries will wreck the environment.
  • FACT: There are sustainability concerns associated with EV manufacturing. EV construction requires approximately six times more minerals than gas-powered vehicles. However, the total lifetime GHG emissions associated with EVs are lower than those from gas-powered vehicles, even when accounting for battery manufacturing. This is because EVs have zero tailpipe emissions and are typically responsible for significantly fewer GHG emissions during their operational lifetime. Technology to support EV battery recycling is also rapidly emerging.

  • MYTH: The U.S. power grid cannot accommodate EVs.
  • FACT: The increasing number of EVS on the road will lead to increased electricity demand. How that impacts the power grid will depend on several factors, including the time of day when vehicles are charged. EVs can be charged at off-peak times, such as overnight, when rates are often cheaper. Further down the road, when renewable enery sources make up a larger part of our energy mix, switching to more daytime charging (when some renewables like solar generate energy) with some energy storage capability should allow the grid to handle increases in EV charging need. 

  • MYTH: My electricity bill will increase significantly if I buy an EV.
  • FACT: While EV drivers typically use more household electricity, the savings on gasoline will cover it. (It costs less to charge an EV than to pay for a fuel tank of gas.) A 2020 Consumer Reports study found that EV drivers spend approximately 60% less on “fuel” costs than the average gas-powered vehicle in the same class. Fuel costs depend on factors such as the efficiency of the EV, regional electricity costs, and driving and charging patterns.

  • MYTH: EVs don’t have enough range to handle daily travel demands.
  • FACT:  EVs have sufficient range to cover a typical household’s daily travel, which is approximately 50 miles on average per day. The majority of households (roughly 85%) travel under 100 miles on a typical day. Most EV models go above 200 miles on a fully-charged battery, with nearly all new models traveling more than 100 miles on a single charge. While not suited for every situation, EVs can work for many households, especially two-car families.

  • MYTH:  There is nowhere to charge an EV near me.
  • FACT: The majority of EV drivers charge their cars at home. Many people can meet their daily driving needs by plugging in only at home. And when there is a need to charge while on the road, access to public EV charging will increase significantly in the coming years as a result of government initiatives put in place as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, including an investment of up to $7.5 billion to build out a national network of electric vehicle chargers along highways, and in communities and neighborhoods.

  • MYTH: EVs are too expensive.
  • FACT: Although the upfront costs of EVs are typically higher than comparable gas-powered vehicles, the maintenance and fuel costs are typically lower over the vehicle's lifespan. (The total lifetime cost of ownership will depend on electricity rates and driving and charging patterns.) Additionally, many federal and state incentives and rebates exist for purchasing EVs and charging equipment.

  • MYTH: EVs are not as safe as comparable gas-powered vehicles.
  • FACT: Electric vehicles must meet the same safety standards as conventional gas-powered vehicles.