JAM | Nov 20, 2023

7 EV myths debunked

Shemar-Leslie Louisy

Shemar-Leslie Louisy / Our Today

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BMW iX1 (Photo: Contributions)

Electric vehicles (EVs) have become increasingly popular worldwide, offering drivers a smoother and more environmentally friendly mode of transportation. As the demand for battery-powered electric vehicles (BEVs) rises, so do the myths and misconceptions surrounding their safety, efficiency, and durability. Project eDrive has shared enough facts to debunk seven common myths to ensure people can make informed decisions about this type of vehicle.

Myth 1: Jamaica’s electric vehicle charging stations are not enough

There are 57 Evergo charging stations are spread across various locations in Jamaica. Additionally there are currently there are 10 JPS Charge ‘n Go stations at 10 locations across Jamaica with plans to increase the number to 22. Jamaica’s charging station infrastructure is expanding. There are also partnerships with gasoline retailers, including Total, Texaco, and Boots Gas Station, to facilitate more growth.

Myth 2: EV charging is expensive

Compared to traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, EV owners benefit from lower charging costs. For example, a sub-compact, all-electric vehicle like the BMW iX1 can be charged to full capacity at approximately J$3,600, a fraction of the cost of petrol for a comparable ICE vehicle.

Myth 3: Charging is slow

Charging times depend on the charger type, battery size, and power capacity. Level 2 chargers, commonly used in homes and commercial spaces, can charge up to 15 times faster than Level 1 chargers. Level 3 chargers, or superchargers, can provide a full charge in under an hour. The myth that EVs take excessively long to charge is debunked by the diverse charging infrastructure available.

Myth 4: EVs get damaged in waterlogged areas and are dangerous to charge in the rain

EVs are designed with weatherproof and water-resistant components, making them safe to use in rainy conditions. Public outdoor charging stations are built to withstand the elements, and regular inspection of at-home chargers is crucial for safety.

Myth 5: Carbon emissions from an electric vehicle are more than that of petrol-powered vehicle

Research indicates that EVs produce significantly fewer greenhouse gases over their lifetime compared to traditional fuel vehicles. While debates exist about the energy required for manufacturing, the overall emissions associated with EVs are lower than gasolene-powered vehicles.

Myth 6: They have very low range

Recent EV models can travel over 200 miles on a single charge, making them practical for daily commutes. Some high-end models even exceed 300-400 miles, debunking the myth of low range.

Myth 7: Electric vehicles are slow and have bad performance

With instant torque and smooth acceleration, EVs have a performance advantage over conventional cars. The direct transfer of energy from the power source to the wheels contributes to a smoother driving experience.


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