Well, it looks like gas prices are on the rise once again and with summer demand for fuel just around the corner, I think we might start to see oil prices well over the $100 a barrel mark. If you’re reading this article, then you may have already thought about converting your gas vehicle to an all electric. If you’ve ever talked to anyone about the pros and cons of an all electric vehicle, you’ve likely heard some or all of the following misconceptions about EVs. Allow me to dispel 5 common electric vehicle conversion myths.
- They have limited range – All vehicles have a limited range before they need refueling. The fact of the matter is most Americans only drive an average of 40 miles (64 km) per day. An electric converted vehicle can easily exceed that range between charges and unlike gas engines, don’t consume any energy when at a stop light.
- They cost too much – when compared to gas engines, electric vehicles cost less in the long run. Once converted, not only will gas be eliminated as an ongoing expense, but so will oil, coolant, filters, mufflers, gaskets, belts, tune ups, and all the other bits and pieces that go into burning combustible fuels. When I converted my Mazda MX3, I was amazed at how much gas burning junk was removed from the vehicle. Let’s not forget about the environmental costs that go along with gas vehicle emissions.
- They pollute because electricity for charging is generated from coal-fired power stations – Although over half the electricity in the US is generated from coal-fired plants, there are alternate ways to charge batteries through solar, wind and hydro-electric power. If you take into account all the pollution generated to drill, refine, transport and ultimately burn gasoline, trying to make the comparison is almost laughable.
- EV batteries end up in landfills. Batteries contain valuable materials in them and can be almost entirely recycled. Even conventional gas burning vehicle batteries are 99% recycled according to the U.S. E.P.A.
- They’re slow – Even an average EV conversion can easily reach highway speeds and if a high performance EV is desired, parts and equipment are available to leave a lot of gas cars in the dust. The only thing slow about electric vehicles is the big automakers willingness to get production models to market.
An EV can make a great second vehicle and in a lot of cases there’s no reason it couldn’t be your primary mode of transportation.