The electric cars They are becoming more and more popular with drivers. However, there are still many negative beliefs towards them. Are they really that expensive to maintain? Are they unsafe compared to traditional fuel? Here are five myths about electric vehicles, according to the general manager of Luz del Sur, Mario Gonzales, in a press release sent to this newspaper.
1. They are more expensive to maintain
Fake. According to Gonzales, an electric vehicle saves you up to 75% in maintenance and up to 80% in fuel. This is because they have fewer moving parts, so it’s rare for them to break down. In addition, the intervals for maintenance are less than combustion vehicles. You also save in terms of lubricants and fluids, since only brake and windshield fluids are changed.
2. They have little autonomy
Fake. With an electric “tank”, they can travel between 250 and 400kmwhich means sufficient autonomy to cover daily travel for a typical household. On the other hand, this also depends on other factors such as the type of driving, weather conditions, driving speed, among others.
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3. Car charging is very slow
Fake. The time required to achieve a full charge is variable and depends greatly on the size of the vehicle’s battery, as well as the type of charger used. But overall, no more than eight hours. Currently there are fast charging points that allow electric vehicle batteries to be charged in approximately 45 minutes.
4. They are not safe
Fake. On the contrary, they are safer. Lithium-ion batteries have a much lower risk of explosion compared to gasoline, a more flammable fuel.
In addition, charging stations are equipped with ground fault circuit interrupters that immediately shut down the flow of electricity when they detect a surge. Lastly, electric cars are designed with additional safety features. that shut down the electrical system when they detect a collision or short circuit.
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5. They do not reduce emissions
Fake. electric cars do not generate CO2 emissionswhich means better air quality for the city and, according to Luz del Sur, decreases the chances of respiratory illnesses or those related to environmental pollution.
Also, they are silentwhich produces less noise pollution. In Peru, electric vehicles will use energy produced predominantly from renewable sources. This allows electric mobility to be a real alternative to achieve the decarbonization of cities and care for the environment.
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