Charging my vehicle will take too long
Charging times differ depending on where you charge your vehicle. If charging at home, it will take a longer period of time, anywhere between 6 to 10 hours.
However, this can be done overnight. In car parks, supermarkets, and at service stations they will have fast and rapid charging points, meaning you can do your weekly shop or have a quick coffee break while your car charges.
Making it will create more GHG emissions
When compared to a newly manufactured petrol car lifetime emissions, an electric vehicle has around one third of the petrol car’s greenhouse gas emissions in its lifetime. This includes its production, battery production, its use and disposal. As the country moves towards renewable energy sources to generate its electricity, the greenhouse gas emissions will lower.
The batteries are not sustainable and will become waste
The UK is currently working towards making its battery production as transparent and as sustainable as possible. Car manufacturers are also working towards this to make sure they are sustainably sourcing the materials they need, such as by reducing the amount of raw materials they use within their supply chains.
Under UK law, batteries from a vehicle cannot be sent to landfill. The car manufacturer must have plans in place to have the batteries returned to them, so that they can be recycled.
The battery will need replacing frequently
There is plenty of evidence that shows that batteries within EVs last for eight years or longer. The evidence comes from the around 10 million cars on the road that are electric. This evidence shows that the lifespan of an electric vehicle is similar to that of a petrol or diesel car.
There isn’t enough chargepoints
As of 2022, there are 31,000 public charging points in the UK, not including domestic charging points. The UK currently has one of largest number of rapid charging points in Europe.
Each month roughly 600 new chargepoints are installed, which the UK Government hopes to continue.
They’re too expensive
It is currently true that EVs are more expensive to pay for outright. However, electricity is much cheaper when compared to the price of petrol or diesel. Studies have shown that over a four-year period an EV is much cheaper to run than its petrol or diesel equivalent.
For every 1,000 miles driven, it will cost 2p for every mile in an EV. In a petrol or diesel car, each mile will cost roughly 20p, ten times more than an EV.
You can’t charge an EV in the rain
In order for a car to reach the market to be sold to the public it must pass a series of health and safety checks. Therefore, EVs have to be able to be driven and charged in any weather conditions, including rain, to keep the driver and passengers safe.
You won’t have enough battery to travel
Most of the trips we make are under 100 miles, as many use our cars for short journeys like errands, therefore nearly all of the electric vehicles on the market will have enough battery life to able you to carry out these journeys.
If you are regularly travelling further afield, there are electric cars that have a much higher range, for example over 200 miles.
If you do start to run out of battery on a journey, there are plenty of charging points throughout the UK that you can use. Just like you would stop for petrol or diesel.