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One in ten drivers think electric cars can't be driven in the rain: 10 biggest electric car myths – Daily Mail

One in ten UK motorists believe that electric cars cannot be driven in the rain, a survey has claimed.

This is just one in a host of unfounded and sometimes bizarre reasons preventing motorists from considering the move to a fully electric vehicle, a new study from LV= General Insurance discovered.

Whilst zero-emissions cars are becoming increasingly popular with 27 per cent of drivers considering switching to an electric vehicle within the next five years, both for cost benefits and for environmental reasons, many motorists are still hesitant about making the move due to misinformation. 

27% of people said they would consider buying an electric car but 18% said they never would

A substantial 18 per cent said they'll never consider buying one due to a number of concerns.

This includes 51 per cent of people who worry the battery charge will run out, 48 per cent who said it is too expensive and 45 per cent believing they can't be used for long distance journeys.

A huge 55 per cent also said they believe an electric car is not as powerful as a petrol or diesel vehicle.

LV= carried out research of more than 2,004 UK adults carried out between 26 February to 1 March 2019. 

To ensure motorists have all the facts, the insurer has dispelled the 10 biggest electric car myths. 

1. Electric cars aren't as powerful

Interestingly, 55 per cent of UK adults believe an electric car isn't as powerful as petrol or diesel, however this isn't true. An electric car can generate power quicker and most accelerate quicker than a petrol or diesel equivalent. 

The fastest road car in the world has been revealed as an electric car, the Pininfarina Battista, which was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show.

2. You can't drive an electric car on a motorway

A huge 12 per cent of people are convinced that you can't drive an electric car on the motorway, but that is false. Ecotricity has 145 public stations at motorway and A-road services around the UK, providing around 300 individual chargers. 

LV= has also partnered with Zap-Map, an interactive map of the 20,000 public charging points across the UK, to help drivers easily locate one closest to them.

One in ten drivers think electric cars can't be driven in the rain: 10 biggest electric car myths - Daily Mail

Speedy: The Pininfarina Battista was named the fastest road car in the world - and is electric

3. You can't wash an electric car in a car wash

A further 18 per cent of people are convinced you can't wash an electric model in a car wash. Although electricity and water tend not to mix, it's completely safe to do so. 

Before electric cars are sold, they're heavily tested which includes a soak test. Therefore, it's just as safe to take an electric car through a car wash as it is a normal car.

4. Electric cars shouldn't be used during heavy rain

Although 12 per cent think electric cars cannot be driven in the rain, this is a myth. Electric cars have all been extensively tested by their manufacturers to ensure top performance in a range of conditions. 

Electric car chargers are weatherproof, and all charge points have been through rigorous safety testing and are installed in accordance with the relevant regulations.

5. Electric car battery's need to be replaced every five years

A common misconception is that electric car battery's need to be replaced every five years, with 23 per cent of people believing this is true. 

However, the current prediction is the battery will last at least 10 years and perhaps even up to 20 years before needing replacement. What's more, many manufacturers offer lengthy warranties to prove their certainty around longevity of the batteries.

One in ten drivers think electric cars can't be driven in the rain: 10 biggest electric car myths - Daily Mail

There are many myths about electric cars like the Tesla Model 3 (pictured) with 18% believing you can't wash it in a car wash

6. Electric cars are dangerous

Some 6 per cent wouldn't buy an electric car because they believe they're dangerous and there's a risk of electrocution. Whilst any piece of electrical equipment can potentially be dangerous, electric cars are just as safe as a standard car. 

Instead of fuel, they have a lithium-ion battery, which is a larger version than what is found in a phone or laptop. These can catch alight, but manufacturers have installed devices to disconnect the battery if there is a collision. 

Additionally, drivers shouldn't look to make any repairs themselves though and should instead take it to a garage with an electric car specialist.

Euro NCAP, the body responsible for crash testing vehicles, has found that electric models like the Jaguar I-Pace and Nissan Leaf are incredibly safe, awarding them five-star ratings. 

7. Electric cars can't be used for long journeys

A huge 45 per cent of those who wouldn't buy an electric car are deterred from purchasing one because they think they can't be used for long journeys. 

However, most electric cars are currently capable of about 100 miles of driving before they need to be recharged, while some of the latest models are closer to 200 miles or more – which is approximately the drive from London to Manchester. 

You do have to be mindful that the claimed ranges of electric cars might not be achievable in the real-world. What Car?'s Real Range test says the Hyundai Kona has the longest electric-car range of 259 miles. 

One in ten drivers think electric cars can't be driven in the rain: 10 biggest electric car myths - Daily Mail

6% of those surveyed said they wouldn't buy an electric car as they believe it was dangerous

8. Electric cars are more expensive to run

Another myth is electric cars ares too expensive with 25 per cent saying they wouldn't buy an electric car because the running costs are too high.

Although drivers are able to accurately describe the average running cost per 100 miles of a petrol or diesel car, drivers overestimate the average running cost of an electric car by at least 100 per cent. 

According to the Energy Savings Trust, on a full charge an electric car can run for 100 miles at a cost of £4 to £6, compared to 100 miles in a petrol or diesel car costing £13 to £164. 

Electric cars are also exempt from road tax and London's Congestion Charge, although you need to claim the discount.

9. There are no incentives on offer for buying an electric car

A further 40 per cent of people are unaware of the incentives available for buying an electric car. The Government has introduced a 'plug-in grant' – a discount on the price of brand new low-emission vehicles through a grant given to vehicle dealerships and manufacturers. 

The maximum grant available for electric cars is £3,500.

10. Petrol and diesel cars won't be banned anytime soon

A massive 70 per cent appear to be unaware that the sale of new petrol and diesel cars is due to be banned by 2040, with 15 per cent believing electric cars will never entirely replace vehicles with combustion engines. 

Yet all new cars sold in the UK will be 'effectively zero emission' by 2040 in a plan to tackle air pollution. Although the Government is under pressure to bring forward this deadline and ban all sales of new petrol and diesel cars by 2032.


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