There is still a great deal of ignorance and misconceptions when it comes to electric vehicles; they are becoming more popular, but it is still a comparatively small market. People believe an awful lot of myths and incorrect notions about electric vehicles. For example, they are only suitable for short distances, or that they take a long time to charge but these are simply untrue.

Most electric vehicles have a range of at least eighty miles from a single charge. A daily commute in these parameters is easy and you’ll never have to stop to refuel. Rapid charges usually charge to 100% in around half an hour, therefore with planned stops to charge en route, the range is unlimited for a long journey. Newer models can have a range greater than eighty miles so running out of electricity shouldn’t be a concern.

It has been said that they are slow and have poor performance; however, the acceleration is faster than the petrol counterparts. The drive is smoother and more responsive, the engine near silent and effortless. Safety is of the utmost importance when purchasing a vehicle. Electric vehicles are subject to rigorous testing, as is any other vehicle. Malfunctions are rare and often exaggerated. Electric vehicles are as safe as any other vehicle.

Are they expensive? The short answer is yes, but so are many other more conventional vehicles on the market today. It is possible to buy a slightly older used model for under 6k; electric models have been on the market for almost a decade and so there are more choices at the lower end of the market. Electric cars also save money, they have little road tax, and some are even exempt, the cost of re-fuelling is significantly lower as well. It is estimated that it costs 2 to 3 pence a mile to run an electric car, which is one-tenth of the cost of running a conventional motor. The savings are exponential. It also costs less to service as they are more reliable, there are fewer moving parts and so in basic terms, there is less to go wrong with them. It is estimated that an electric battery could have a 300,000 mile lifespan at the very least.

They are greener than petrol vehicles. An electric motor is 80% efficient in its conversion compared to a combustion engines 20% rate on the conversion of petrol to momentum. It wastes less energy, and electricity itself can also be renewable if provided by solar or wind production making the car green and emission-free. Electric vehicles do not emit tailpipe pollutants which are released into the atmosphere. The power grid is not impacted using electric cars; some believe it can drain it and that the power grid cannot support all these models. Whilst using a power grid to charge still has an environmental impact, the power grid itself will not even notice the extra use upon it.

Choosing any car requires research; visit the guide to BMW electric cars for more helpful, informative advice.