Despite the fact that the electric car is steadily growing in popularity, there is still a lot of untapped potential, so we at DazeTechnology decided to shed some light on some of the false myths surrounding electric cars, which are essential for environmental sustainability given that the transport sector is responsible for 25 per cent of global emissions and 18 per cent of pollution.
The fears of those considering whether to buy an electric car
There are three fears, related to the lack of vehicle knowledge, that plague those planning to buy an electric car. Let’s see what they are.
A. the fear of ‘running out of gas’
Among the main obstacles to the spread of the electric car remains the fear of ‘running out of gas’, which has been answered by numerous studies that have looked at the distances travelled by conventional vehicles with combustion engines. It was seen how today’s electric vehicles can do the same.
It is also not true that the electric car is less efficient when the temperature drops, or at least this could only be the case for the first models released on the market. Today, one can optimise the range even when using air conditioning, and long gone are the days when one needed to recharge the vehicle every 100 kilometres.
Today, anyone considering whether to buy an electric car and is afraid of running out of gas should know that there are models that far exceed 400 km, far more than the daily needs of the average driver.
B. not knowing the technology
Another fear of electric car users is that it takes too long to recharge. This is true with a domestic power socket that requires overnight for the complete charging cycle, but not for fast-charging wallboxes that reduce the time needed by 2/3.
Not only that: few people know that the latest technologies used to produce the latest battery models allow fast charging that recovers up to 80% of energy in 20 minutes. The future of the electric car is closely related to optimised charging: at home overnight, at work or in a garage.
C. regulations and subsidies
When driving an electric car, one must take into account municipal regulations and subsidies for the purchase of sustainable vehicles. On the one hand, the municipality can reserve parking spaces for electric vehicles even in the absence of a charging station, and on the other hand it can create parking spaces in the vicinity of charging stations.
These are different spaces with different functions, to which is added the possibility for electric car owners to also travel in the city centre and in the LTZ. It is about regulations and traffic incentives for non-polluting vehicles.
In addition to the sustainability factor, buying an electric car is also advantageous in terms of savings, which is why more and more people prefer this vehicle in Italy as well. With the rising prices of diesel and petrol, the electric car costs much less than the vehicle powered by traditional fuels.
In addition to this, there are economic and other incentives: in many municipalities, electric cars can now access limited traffic zones free of charge, are entitled to dedicated parking spaces and can park for free on blue lines.
In addition, to incentivise the purchase of electric and hybrid cars, there is a stamp duty exemption for the first few years and significant reductions for subsequent years, but the rules vary from region to region.
Added to this is the Car Bonus and EcoBonus or EcoIncentives for the purchase of cars, but also motorbikes and scooters, electric and hybrid or otherwise low-emission. This tax relief can be claimed by individuals and companies and concerns cars with an emission range of between 0 and 20 grams of CO2 per km.
In conclusion, the purchase of an electric car is beneficial for the individual and the environment, and knowing the technology and usage characteristics thoroughly is the best way to exploit the full potential of sustainable mobility.