Mistrust often generates from a lack of information, which in this case we understand. The EV Revolution is a new and scary thing to many people, but we guarantee, with a little more knowledge, you will be just as excited as we are for its arrival!
TRUE OR FALSE? EVs have a reduced range compared to fuel-powered cars
This myth, which a few years ago was a reality, is no longer true! The majority of current electric vehicles have a range from 280kms to 500kms. There is a well-known concept called “range anxiety” when it comes to driving electric vehicles. This is essentially when a driver gets nervous that their EV will run out of battery before getting them to their desired location. The good news is, in about five years all range anxiety will disappear as new solid-state batteries will be on the market. These batteries use solid electrodes and a solid electrolyte, instead of the liquid or polymer gel electrolytes found in lithium-ion or lithium polymer batteries. These will provide greater autonomy, faster charging, better security, longer lifespan, easier recycling possibilities and reduced costs.
TRUE OF FALSE? EVs are not as safe as fuel-powered cars
We have touched on this topic in a previous blog, but it is such a large misconception about EVs that we thought we would mention it again. It has been proven that EVs are as safe if not safer than their fuel-powered counterparts. Electric vehicles are insulated and waterproofed, meaning their batteries are protected by shielded boxes. Furthermore, in most electric vehicles the system automatically disconnects the electric current in the case of an impact. EVs also received the highest scores ever recorded during crash tests, proving how safe they are in the worst situations. In continuation, their batteries are located at the bottom of the car which gives them greater stability and a lower sense of gravity, all in all making them safer to drive.
TRUE OR FALSE? The noiselessness of EVs makes them dangerous for pedestrians
When EVs first started to pick up in popularity this myth was definitely true and even sold as a benefit of electric cars. However, since then there have been regulations established surrounding how quiet EVs can be. Now, every EV must have an Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS), also known as a Pedestrian Warning System (PWS). This system creates a sound when the vehicle is moving at 20km/hour (and faster) and when it is reversing. Road safety has been significantly improved by the implementation of this system. AVAS is not only used in EVs but also in hybrids, plug-in hybrids and hydrogen cars.
TRUE OR FALSE? There are not enough charging points
In some areas in South Africa this is a reality, but we are pleased to tell you that it won’t be for much longer! Our mission, at Zero Carbon Charge, is to build a network of green energy-powered ultra-fast chargers that will allow South African drivers to travel across the country with the knowledge that there are charging stations located every 150km along their route. The network will launch with 120 charging stations at destinations like farm stalls across the country, with plans to expand to 150 stations in the near future.
Follow this link to view a map of ZeroCC charging stations in development.