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May 2019

Worried About Range? Dispelling Electric Car Myths About Range

We make it our business to know everything there is to know about second-hand electric cars. If you’re debating whether or not to buy an electric vehicle, then the range will be a definite concern for you.

We’re here to let you know that a lot of the worries around the range of electric vehicles are myth, and it’s time to clear them up.

What is Range?

First of all, what is range? 

In short, a vehicle’s range is the distance that the car can travel on one full charge of its battery. We tend to use this term for electric vehicles because of their relative newness in the market, and to demonstrate to buyers how often they need to charge their cars.

The range varies depending on the model of the car, the amount of kW a battery can hold, and the efficiency of the electric motor. After all, if a battery holds a lot of power but the motor is inefficient, the battery may run out faster, and result in a shorter range than a car with a smaller battery, but highly efficient motor.

The range model of estimation also applies to internal combustion engine (ICE) cars. The range of these models will be similarly determined by the amount of fuel the tank holds, and the number of kilometres you can travel on one litre.

Your lifestyle will determine how important a longer range is to you. As an example, someone who has a long urban commute everyday will need a vehicle with a better range than someone who works from home and typically only needs the car to run errands.

Now that we have established what we mean when we talk about electric vehicle range, let’s get into some of the myths that buyers encounter when sourcing information.

Myths Debunked: Going the Distance

Here are some of the most common misconceptions regarding electric vehicles, and the opinions from our experts on how true they actually are.

Cars with an ICE travel further on a re-fuel

Much like anything else, making broad assumptions like this one can lead to a lot of confusion. All ICE cars do not travel further on a refuel than EVs, and the level of expectation for new buyers looking at electric models can be incredibly skewed if they don’t have an accurate read on how far their gasoline cars can go.

In a study done in 2016 by the American Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, it was found that the maximum range for all-electric vehicles exceeded the minimum range for gasoline vehicles by 80km. Furthermore, the range of PHEVs (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) had a median that exceeded the range of gasoline cars released in the 2016 model year. Even the lowest observed range on an electric vehicle was 100km, where the average kiwi driver is only in the car for about 30 kilometres a day.

In essence, what we can say about electric and hybrid vehicles is that the efficiency of the vehicle will always depend on a variety of factors like fuel-efficiency, engine capacity, and the weight of the car. Broad statements such as this myth don’t hold any water, you just have to consider what kind of range you need for your lifestyle, and buy the right option.

New Zealand doesn’t have the infrastructure to support EVs.

This is a common assumption, however the infrastructure around the electric vehicle industry has evolved dramatically since its inception. The image below shows how many charging spots there are around New Zealand:

Each of the bubbles is a type of charging station, and you can find more information on each of them here. This goes to show that finding somewhere outside of your home to charge your EV or PHEV is not going to present a significant problem.

In addition to this, if you regularly charge your car at home, you will most likely not have to utilise these public charging stations very often.

The Biggest Myth of Them All

Many people believe that buying a used electric vehicle is less reliable than buying a used gasoline vehicle! 

Our used vehicles undergo an expert selection and review process by our buyers, and since our goal is bringing EV usage into fashion here in New Zealand, you can be absolutely assured that you will buy quality cars from GVI Electric.

Buying a second-hand EV is exactly like buying a second-hand gasoline model: you need all of the information in front of you in order to make a decision. Otherwise, the only difference is the lack of emissions an EV awards you with.

In fact, an older gasoline car is more likely to run up your maintenance costs, which is something you want to avoid when trying to budget down and reduce your worry.

Want more information?

Here at GVI Electric we want to make EV cars New Zealand standard, and most of all we want to make them available to everyone. Give us a call today for advice on your EV purchase, and join the future. Go green!

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