Electric vehicles are like smartphones a few years back, they are evolving as super-smart vehicles with the most incredible technology. Still, there is some ridiculous fake news circulating about the electric vehicle. Let’s put things straight. And beware of crocodiles emerging from the sink
The range is 300 for urban vehicles, to 600 km (Tesla S100 LR)
The EU daily range is just 30-40 km per car per day. 12,000 -16,000 km annually for private users, 28,800 km/year per car for fleets
eV are intrinsically simpler (20 moving parts to 2000).and are therefore cheaper to build and maintain, and last longer
Depending on the charger power, 100km range can be added in 5 to 30 minutes
There are 29,500 charging points in the UK (Autumn 2019) for 255,000 electric vehicles, against 68,000 pumps for 37,500,000 vehicles
E-vehicles (Audi e-tron and Tesla Model 3) are the top performers in safety tests (IFHF NHTSA, EuroNcap). Why? Lower centre of gravity, smaller engines that do not stave in the cockpit but go under it.
You are shut in a garage: would you prefer to sit on a running diesel car or an electric one? During its lifetime an electric car emits half of the CO2 of a diesel one, with electricity generated with the current mix. Using 100% renewable energy there is no competition
A petrol car has an energy efficiency of only 20%, a diesel car 40% and an electric one 90%.
Electric motors have inherently higher and instant torque and better acceleration. 0-100 km/h in 2.5 sec for Tesla S, versus 2.9 sec Lamborghini Aventador
Electric generation is increasing thanks to renewables and renewables are today cheaper than any other source. Batteries in cars are the perfect solution for stabilisation of the grid.
Batteries live more than one life. At the end of their first life they still are guaranteed for 80% of their initial capacity. Then they are reused (e.g. the Amsterdam Arena stadium is illuminated using former Nissan Leaf batteries). After 15-20 years of active service they are fully recycled.
A petrol car has from 5 to 64 times more chances to start a fire than an electric one (NFPA). Fires are more difficult to extinguish, however they are slower, allowing passengers to flee