MYTHS ABOUT ‘EV’OLUTION

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Recycle, Reuse and Reduce!

MYTH: It is often taken as a crux by tech-critics that recycling the batteries used in providing traction power would pose hurdles. The raw materials extracted to produce lithium-ion traction batteries can harm both humans and the environment.

REALITY: The newer batteries for electric vehicles, such as those made of lithium-ion, include even more valuable and recyclable metals, and will have a life well beyond the vehicle. According to the German Raw Materials Agency (DERA), the demand for lithium-ion batteries for electric cars alone could increase by up to 33 percent by 2025. Experts assume that global reserves will last for about 150 years. And scientists are researching some materials similarly conductive. It is also noticing that there is work going on cobalt-free battery cells. In fact, Volkswagen is opening the first pilot plant for battery recycling in Salzgitter.

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Safety Aid!

MYTH: No doubt in the days of yore when R&D on describing the electric vehicles had just started, the industry was suffering many catastrophic failures on a vehicle. And so, do it became one of the most dangerous myths about EVs.

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REALITY: Karl-Heinz Knorr, Vice President of the German Firefighters’ Association, puts these reports into perspective: “E-cars do not burn more severely or more often than gasoline or diesel vehicles, just differently.” Tests conducted by the ADAC have also repeatedly shown that the risk of fire is just as low for e-cars as for internal combustion engines. In fact, a recent in-depth investigation on the subject conducted by NHTSA concluded that the frequency and severity of fires and explosions from lithium-ion battery systems are comparable to or perhaps slightly less than those for gasoline or diesel-powered models.

Range Anxiety!

MYTH: Running on a world tour with one-time charging of traction batteries of electric vehicles are just the beliefs by many, but sadly it is truly hypothetical.

REALITY:  Looking at some affordable EVs, the Nissan Leaf can run for an average of 150 miles on a charge, while the Chevrolet Bolt EV runs 238 miles, and the whole electric model of the Hyundai Kona boasts an operating range of 258 miles. Now if going deeper with the pockets, Tesla Model 3 has a 310-mile range, whereas its costlier sibling, the Model S maxes out at 335 miles on a charge. Due to the quick charging capability of e-vehicles which is also improving all the time, they charge ever greater amounts of electricity in ever shorter periods of time. For the ADAC (German Automobile Association), an e-car is considered suitable for long distances if it can recharge energy for 200 kilometers in 30 minutes.

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Investments!

MYTH: Most common belief about electric vehicles is their availability with deeper pockets. It may cost the average earner to think much before.

REALITY: The government around the globe is coming up with liable incentives and policies to boost e-mobility in their nations. As to fight off the global warming challenges, the government is leaving no stone unturned. There is a high rate of tax reduction and subsidy benefits on purchasing an electric vehicle of any segment. For instance, in Colorado, for example, they’re eligible for a $5,000 state income tax credit. Depending on their income, California residents can get a cash rebate of between $2,500 and $4,500 from the state.

Infra First!

MYTH: Due to the lack of infrastructure of e-charging, the adoption may face shortcomings. Many consumers drop the idea of having an electric vehicle because they could not locate a stationary charger even near their home.

REALITY: The charging infrastructure is improving all over Germany. The number of charging stations for electric vehicles has increased from around 6,700 in the first quarter of 2018 to around 24,000 in spring 2020. In India, 350 new EV charging stations have been installed across the country under the FAME II scheme.

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