The innovative technology used in Nissan’s electric cars is a step into the unknown for many people. So it’s hardly surprising that myths have sprung up around how electric vehicles work and what the benefits are. We’ve compiled a handy guide to answer the most common questions.
Myth: electric cars are slow
Reality: A Nissan electric vehicle offers a fun, responsive drive. The Nissan Leaf accelerates from 0 to 62mph in 11.5 seconds and has a top speed of 89mph, so it can easily match other vehicles in real-world driving. Electric vehicles produce instant torque when you push the accelerator pedal, and the transition from stationary to speed is smooth and instantaneous.
Myth: electric cars have a limited range and are slow to recharge
Reality: A fully charged Nissan Leaf will drive for 109 miles before needing a recharge and the e-V200 will do 106 miles. The range is shown on the dashboard so you won’t be caught out. A full charge takes eight hours but a quick charge will give you 80% capacity in just 30 minutes. And with 95% of car journeys in the UK being less than 25 miles, an electric vehicle is likely to meet your requirements the majority of the time without needing to recharge on the road.
Myth: the infrastructure is not ready for electric vehicles
Reality: There are 8,000 charging points across the UK and over 1,000 quick charge points. This number is increasing all the time, with 25,000 expected by the end of 2016, compared to the 9,000 petrol stations in the UK. The electricity grid is also fully able to cope with electric vehicles. If the number on the roads reached ten million, the annual electricity demand to charge them all would be just 1% of Europe’s annual output.
Myth: electric vehicles are unsafe
Reality: The Nissan Leaf was awarded a 5-star rating by Euro NCAP. This is the highest possible score, meaning the car performed very well in their extensive crash tests and is one of the safest cars on the road. The electric circuit is isolated during charging and automatically cuts out if there is a problem of any kind.
Myth: electric vehicles still produce carbon emissions through electricity generation
Reality: Electric motors are 75% efficient at converting battery power into motion, compared to the efficiency of combustion engines at just 20%. A growing proportion of electricity is being generated from renewable sources such as wind and solar power which emit no greenhouse gases. In fact, the electricity grid is 52% cleaner than petrol or diesel power.