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Electric driving: fact or myth?

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There are many misconceptions about electric cars. What is fact and what is myth? Athlon will gladly help you and create clarity.

More and more companies are focusing on making their car fleets greener. However, many employees are still suspicious of electric cars. They worry, for example, about the supposably limited driving range and the fact that they might not be as durable. Which misconceptions are there about electric driving? Athlon provides clarity. 

1. I can't get very far with an electric car

Myth. With a full battery, new electric cars can now cover distances of 300 to 500 kilometres. This is more than enough for most users. To get from home to work and back, the average Belgian travels 42 kilometres a day. Do you have to drive a longer distance? Then you can easily charge at a public charging station. 

2. Charging takes longer than refuelling

Fact. It is true that charging an electric car takes longer than refuelling a conventional car. But you don't have to worry about that, because in reality, electric cars are mostly charged while you sleep or work. So in the end, it takes less time than refuelling. If your vehicle still needs a charge during your travels, then a DC fast-charging station can charge your car for 80 percent in thirty minutes.

3. Electric driving is not that sustainable at all

Myth. The production process of an electric car does result in higher CO2 emissions than that of a petrol or diesel car. This is due to the production of the battery, which also contains plenty of rare metals. However, throughout their entire life cycle, electric cars do emit fewer greenhouse gases. This is the conclusion of an in-depth study carried out by the European Environment Agency (EEA). If the battery is charged with green electricity, the difference is even bigger. And because European electricity production is rapidly becoming greener, the electric car will already be 73 percent more climate-friendly than vehicles with an internal combustion engine by 2050.

4. We'll all be running on hydrogen soon

Myth. The possible applications of hydrogen are still being researched extensively. Our universities and many knowledge centres are currently exploring the potential of hydrogen as a fuel for vehicles. Storing hydrogen is not easy and requires a completely new infrastructure. Moreover, in Belgium there are only a few stations where you can fill up with hydrogen at the moment. At present, electric cars are still the best option if you want a green vehicle. 

5. The battery only lasts a few years

Myth. The battery of an electric car cannot be compared to the battery of a smartphone. The cooling of the electric car ensures that the batteries last much longer. For example, four-year-old Teslas still have a capacity of more than 90 percent after 250,000 kilometres. In addition, old car batteries are given a second life as energy storage or within another application and are 90 percent recyclable.

Another version of this article appeared earlier on the website of Athlon Nederland. 


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