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Criticism About Electric Cars? They’re Mostly Myths

May 27, 2010

Richard Canny, chief executive of Think, which makes the Think City plug-in car, has come up with nine myths about electric vehicles (EV), and explains why these myths aren't true, according to Forbes.com.

Among several myths about electric vehicles are that the battery won't last and that consumers will never buy a car with less than a 200-mile range. Addressing this myth, Canny said that EV batteries are designed to last at least 10 years and more than 100,000 miles. Some cars in Europe are operating with batteries approaching the 10-year mark, and modern lithium-ion batteries will definitely meet or exceed that target.

About the myth that customers won't buy a car with less than a 200-mile range, Canny said that so-called "range anxiety" diminishes when people get used to driving EVs on a daily basis. As more EVs hit the road, businesses and cities will add charging points to encourage EV use.

Another myth is that the United States will have to build more power plants. Canny addressed that by saying enough off-peak electricity exists in the U.S. to power 79 percent of U.S. driving demand.

And another myth is that EVs aren't safe. But highway-certified EVs meet all the same safety and crash test requirements as regular production cars, with some important extras.

Other myths are that the technology is too complicated, and that fast charging EV batteries in 15 minutes will wear them out quickly.

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