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Electric vehicles are no longer a vision of the future — their role in our present drives us towards a more sustainable tomorrow. ClipperCreek is separating facts from fiction by debunking some of the most pervasive myths surrounding electric cars. Drivers deserve to know about the comfort, convenience, affordability, and satisfaction an electric vehicle can provide in the long term.

Myth 1: EVs don’t have enough range to handle daily travel demands

Reality: EVs Have More Than Enough Range for Standard Commutes

Research from the US Department of Transportation shows that most American drivers average around only 30 to 40 miles per day in a standard round-trip commute. Meanwhile, even the slowest modern electric vehicle is capable of going up to 80 miles on a single charge.

Best Practice: Determine the scope of your personalized driving needs and lifestyle to see whether a battery electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid is the more suited for you. Visit our directory for more guidance:

Battery Electric Vehicle Ranges:

According to reports from the US Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office, all fully electric cars from 2020 and beyond had a median range that exceeded 250 miles.

2022 lucid air grand-touring

BEVS with Longest Range (2022 Edition):

  1. Lucid Air Dream Edition – Up to 520 pure-electric miles
  2. Tesla Model S Long Range – Up to 405 pure-electric miles
  3. Tesla Model 3 Long Range – Up to 358 pure-electric miles

Plug-in Hybrid Ranges:

Plug-in hybrid vehicles run on both gasoline engines and electric batteries. Most plug-in hybrids have a range of at least 300 miles before needing to be recharged.

2021 Polestar 2 Gray BEV

PHEVs with Longest Range (2022 Edition):

  1. Polestar – 52 electric miles, up to 470 total miles
  2. Honda Clarity PHEV – 47 electric miles, up to 340 total miles
  3. Toyota RAV4 Prime – 42 electric miles, up to 600 total miles

MYTH 2: THERE IS NOT ENOUGH CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE

Reality: Electric Vehicles Don’t Require the Same Infrastructure as Gas Cars

ClipperCreek Home EV Charging Level 2 Wall Mounted Outdoors HCS Station with Connector

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Percent of EV Charging Taking Place at Home

Charging at Home: According to the US Department of Energy, about 80% of all EV charging takes place at home. That estimation increases if we consider the percent of EV charging at work or both locations. Therefore, there isn’t a need for public EV charging stations to be as widespread as gas stations. Purchasing an efficient home charging station will offer a convenience that satisfies most charging needs of commuters.

In fact, most EV drivers seldom need to stop by public charging locations unless they are taking a road trip or traveling for other various occasions.

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Percent of Commercial, Public, & Non-Residential EV Charging

EVSE Infrastructure Expansion: As of 2021, there are about 50,000 public charging stations in the United States. The government recently passed an infrastructure bill that plans to add 500,000 EV charging stations to the nation’s public network by 2030. The state of California plans to add 123,000 charging stations by 2025 alone, on top of its existing 73,000 public charging stations.

Publicly Accessible Charging Stations: EV charging stations can be found in many different types of public and commercial spaces: office buildings, shopping centers, airports, train stations, hotels, high schools, universities, apartments, highways, parking garages, and even city halls. Locating a charging station is exceptionally convenient with mobile apps like PlugShare and Google Maps.

Financial Rebates for EVSE Installations: Many states, municipalities, and private companies offer financial incentives for residential households and commercial businesses with Level 2 EVSE installations on their respective properties.

Recommended Stations and Installers: Use our EVSE Selector Tool to find the charging station(s) best suited for your vehicle.

After purchasing your station, use our Recommended Installers Tool to find a professional electrician near you.

Commercial Electric Car Charging Stations Mounted to Outdoor Parking Lot University Campus

Myth 3: EV Charging is Too Time Consuming

Reality: Charging Speeds Vary Significantly, Depending on 3 Main Factors

1. Vehicle Battery Size: Electric vehicles, makes, and models are manufactured with a wide variety of different battery pack sizes and energy storage capabilities. Generally, the larger an EV battery pack is, the more energy it can store.

2. Vehicle Acceptance Rate: Like battery sizes, electric vehicles come with different power acceptance rates. For example, if an electric car has a maximum acceptance rate of 11kW, charging it with a 15.4kW or even an 11.5kW station will not speed up its charging process. In this instance, the vehicle acceptance rate was pre-determined by its manufacturer and is capped at 11.5kW.

3. Charging Station Capacity: On the other hand, the efficiency of the charging station also plays a major role in charging speed. If your vehicle has an acceptance rate of 11.5kW, you can most definitely recharge your battery with a 7.2kW or another lower-powered station. However, in this case, a 7.2kW charging station would limit your vehicle’s charging power. Ideally, a 11.5kW would be the most efficient choice both charging speed and cost wise. However, you can also future-proof by purchasing a higher powered charging station.

Level 1 charging at the Sacramento Airport SMF

Amenity, Airport, and Overnight Charging:
Level 1 charging stations can make a fantastic amenity for those who park their vehicles at an airport and want their batteries to be charged before their return. Level 1 home stations can also be a more affordable choice for plug-in hybrid drivers with shorter or little need to commute on a daily basis. Some Level 1 charging stations are portable and can be taken on road trips as a spare charging option.

St Helena ClipperCreek HCS Electric Vehicle Charging Up HCS Station Tesla

Most Prefer Charging with Level 2 EVSE:
Level 2 EVSE continues to be the most popular choice of charging station for both residential and commercial locations. They can fully recharge an EV in a few hours, with ClipperCreek Level 2 EVSE being capable of recharging an EV battery anywhere from 7 to 11 times faster than its Level 1 counterpart. Additionally, Level 2 EVSE are more reliable typically come with a one-time cost of purchase and installation.

St Helena ClipperCreek HCS Electric Vehicle Charging Up HCS Station Tesla

Level 3 and DC Fast Charging Explained: While Level 3 EVSE tend to have the quickest charging times due to their DC (direct current) fast charging capabilities, they highly remain impractical in all other regards, especially concerning their specialized infrastructure and high, recurring costs of maintenance.

Click below to learn more for a comparison chart between the different types of charging and learn more about why Level 3 EVSE remains uncommon. 

Avoid Relying on OEM Stations: 
Some vehicle purchases come with a complimentary OEM (original equipment manufacturer) charger, typically a Level 1, “trickle” charging station. Though there are some exceptions, OEM stations are usually known for their slow charging times and a tendency to stop working properly after a short period of time.

There isn’t a necessity to avoid all Level 1 charging stations, but rather an informative message that OEM charging stations should not be relied on in the long term.

OEM EV Charging Station

Myth 4: EV Charging Is More Expensive than Gasoline

Reality: EV Charging Costs Less Than Gas, Short and Long-Term

In most cases, electric cars cost significantly less to drive than their gasoline counterparts regardless of the differences in electricity prices. According to the US Energy Information Administration, as of February 2022, the average American pays 14 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity consumption.

The cost of electricity varies by location and can vary within the same location, depending on the time of day. Most utility companies have designated times when electricity costs less due to lower demand, such as the middle of the night (this is often referred to as Time of Use). Some public places also offer EV charging stations as free amentities for their communities.

In order to accurately compare the average monthly cost of fueling up a gas car versus charging an elecric car, we will need the folowing information:

  • Average number of miles driven in a month
  • Battery size/capacity of the EV, measured in kWh
  • Local cost of electricity, typically measured in cents per kWh
ClipperCreek Home EV Charging Level 2 Wall Mounted Outdoors HCS Station with Connector

Comparison: Cost of EV Charging vs. Refueling Gas Cars

Step 1 — Establishing Cost to Charge

For the following example, suppose we own a standard Tesla Model 3, one of the more affordable and bestselling EV models of all time. We will also estimate that we drive an average of 1000 miles per month, factoring in daily commutes, errands, and other recreational activities. 

1. As of the most recent data (February 2022), the average cost of electricity per kWh in the USA is around 13.83 cents per kilowatt-hour. To simplify our sample calculations, we can round up this cost to roughly 14* cents per hour of charging.

2. Using ClipperCreek’s EVSE Selector Tool, we are provided with an abundant variety of charging information, such as the car’s range, ideal chargers for specific vehicle models, etc. Our standard Tesla Model 3 has a vehicle battery size of 50 kWh.

3. Additionally, the EVSE Selector Tool provides an average cost of charging an electric car from empty to full. This is an estimated figure and often varies between different vehicle models, ranges, and capacities. We can also calculate our own cost to charge, using the numbers from the example above.

Plug in the vehicle battery size with our cost of electricity per kWh into the equation below to calculate our estimated cost to charge:

Vehicle Battery Size (50 kWh) x Cost of Electricity per kWh ($0.14 kWh) =
Cost to Charge to Full Capacity ($7.00)

Conclusion: It will cost us around $7 USD to charge our Tesla Model 3 from empty to full battery. Generally, it’s best practice to regularly charge only up to 80% instead of 100% battery. In actuality, it’s less than 7 USD to recharge our Tesla Model 3.

ClipperCreek Home EV Charging Level 2 Wall Mounted Outdoors HCS Station with Connector

Comparison: Cost of EV Charging vs. Refueling Gas Cars

Step 2 — Find Out How Often You Charge

Unless you have a long commute, there is typically no reason to recharge your vehicle every night. Say you charged 2-3 times per week. We can multiply that by 4 and say you charge your car around 12-15 times per month on average, extending it a bit.

Cost to Charge to Full Capacity ($7.00) x ChargingTimes Per Month (12 to 15) = $84 to $105

Conclusion: It will cost us around $7 USD to charge our Tesla Model 3 from empty to full battery. If we charge 12-15 times per month, our cost of charging will only be an estimated $84-$105 per month.

Residential Home with Multiple ClipperCreek HCS Stations, Highly Powered Charging White Tesla EV

Comparison: Cost of EV Charging vs. Refueling Gas Cars

Step 3 — Comparing that with Gas

Suppose our gasoline-powered car has a 12-gallon tank. Our total miles still average around 1000 miles per month. We can compare our estimated monthly gasoline costs to our estimated costs of charging an electric vehicle using the national averages.

1. Multiply the national average cost of gas ($4.37 per gallon as of writing this article) by our 12-gallon tank. We can conclude that this gasoline car will cost us roughly $52 each time to fill a full tank.

2. If our vehicle had around 350 miles of driving range for each full tank, we would divide our total average miles per month (1000) by 350 and calculate we need at least three refills in a month.

4. If our cost is roughly $52 per fill and we need to fuel at least 3 times per month, then on average, that adds up to at least $156 per month on gas. Depending on fluctuating gas prices and mileage, those numbers are our low-end. Those who have driven gasoline cars before know how quickly the gas price can add up.

2023 Lotus Eletre

Conclusion: In this scenario, the gasoline car cost us over $50 more per month to operate. Of course, your cost of electricity and the amount you drive will depend on your location. Still, the electric car will cost you far less to operate in most cases. This is because you would save a substantial amount of money per month on gasoline. Typically, this amount is often more than enough to offset the increase in your electricity bill.

Solar-Powered EV Charging: If you’re concerned about electricity costs, why not look into installing solar and eventually reducing your charging cost per month to virtually zero?

Rebates and Incentives: You may qualify for some generous tax rebates and financial incentives for installing Level 2 EVSE at your homes or businesses. Take a look here:

Residential Electric Car Chargers Outdoor Mounted to House

Myth 5: EVs Are Expensive and Require Tons of Maintenance

Reality: The Opposite is True, Electric Cars Require Less General Maintenance

While some electric cars do indeed carry a higher upfront cost than their ICE (internal combustion engine) counterparts, most EVs will offset these costs over their lifetime. You can visit our EV Incentives page to see if your vehicle purchase would qualify you for a state, local government, or utility company tax credit.

Battery Life Expectancy: Battery replacements can be the most costly aspect of EV maintenance, but the US Federal Government requires electric cars to have a minimum battery warranty of 8 years or up to 100,000 miles. Some advanced EV batteries are often designed with a longer life expectancy than the vehicle itself. A handful of manufacturers offer warranties exclusive for EV batteries and other related parts.

Browse our directory to find inspiration for your next vehicle, where we have more information about specific models, battery warranties, ranges, acceleration, tax credits, charging power, etc.

Little to No Regular General Maintenance, Fully Electric Cars

  • EV Battery
  • Electric Motor and Related Electronics
  • No Oil Changes
  • No Emissions Equipment
  • Regenerative Braking, Helps Reduce Brake Wear

 

2016 Nissan Leaf with evse connector
2022 BMW ix Rear View 2 for EV Review

Routine Maintenance for Electric Cars

Perform Every 7,500 Miles

  • Tire Rotations
  • Lubricate Gas Struts and Locks as Needed

Perform Every 15,000 Miles

  • Replace Windshield Wiper Blades
  • Replace Cabin Air Filter

Perform Every 75,000 Miles

  • Replace Hood and Body Gas Struts 

Perform Every 5 Years

  • Replace Brake Fluid
  • Drain & Replace Vehicle Coolant Circuits

Perform Every 7 Years

  •  Replace System Air Conditioning Desiccant
      Locked EV Charge Inlet Charging White Nissan Leaf

      Inspection Checklist for Electric Cars

      Regular Maintenance Checklist, Monthly

      • Check Tire Pressure and Wear
      • Check Windshield Wiper Fluid

      Inspection Checklist Every 7,500 Miles

      • Battery Coolant Level
      • Fluid Leaks
      • Brake Inspection
      • Accelerator Pedal
      • Steering, Suspension, and Drive Shafts Wear
      • Airbags System
      • Cabin Heater
      • Power Inverter
      • Charging Modules

      Annual Maintenance Checklist 

      • Tires, Brakes, & Suspensions
      • Vehicle Systems

        Battery Life Expectancy: Battery replacements can be the most costly aspect of EV maintenance, but the US Federal Government requires electric cars to have a minimum battery warranty of 8 years or up to 100,000 miles. Some advanced EV batteries are often designed with a longer life expectancy than the vehicle itself. A handful of manufacturers offer warranties exclusive for EV batteries and other related parts.

        Browse our directory to find inspiration for your next vehicle, where we have more information about specific models, battery warranties, ranges, acceleration, tax credits, charging power, etc.

        Myth 6: EVs and Charging Are Not Safe

        Reality: Just as Safe as Gasoline Cars, Sometimes Safer

        National Safety Standards: There is a common misconception that electric cars are new to the market and do not meet safety standards yet. However, this is not true. All vehicles must pass federal safety inspections before entering the market, and electric cars are just as genuine as gasoline cars. On the contrary, after conducting many rounds of crash testing research, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration concluded that a majority of EVs offer better protection in collisions than their internal combustion engine counterparts.

        Battery Fires: Less Frequent but Overreported: The EV industry is still relatively new to the mainstream, often making it underrepresented and vulnerable to sensationalism. In a mainstream that thrives off clickbait, the media is more likely to report instances of electric cars catching on fire than their gasoline counterparts. Thus, we are led to believe that electric cars are more likely to catch on fire through a series of confirmation biases.

        Electric Vehicle Fire Numbers: The opposite is true: studies show that gasoline vehicles are typically about 11 times more likely to catch fire than their EV counterparts. Most EV fires and recalls occur due to battery issues. Realistically, improving battery technology and adhering to strict safety standards will decrease an EV’s flammability risk. After analyzing data from the National Transportation Safety Board, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, and government recalls, a 2021 study by AutoinsuranceEZ.com shows that for every 100k gasoline cars sold, there are about 1530 fires. However, there are only about 25 fires for every 100k pure-electric cars sold.

        Charging Safety: Don’t overlook EV charging safety! Make sure the charging stations you purchase come from a reputable source. Many of the cheap charging stations sold in random corners of the Internet are also cheap in quality and not safety-certified by a legitimate source.

        Learn more bout safety-certified charging stations here, and why all ClipperCreek stations are rated safe for indoor or outdoor installations:

        Myth 7 Part A: Electric Cars Won’t Make Any Positive Environmental Impacts

        Reality: Driving Either Battery Electric or Plug-in Hybrids Can Significantly Reduce Emissions

        Worldwide Positive Environmental Impacts:
        A joint study conducted by the Universities of Cambridge, Exeter, and Nijmegen in The Netherlands has found that driving an electric car is more environmentally friendly than driving a gasoline car in 95% of the world, even for areas where electricity is still mainly generated by coal and other traditional fossil fuels. Driving electric or even plug-in hybrid will still reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the long term. 
        Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) Car Pollution

        Myth 7 Part B: EVS are worse for the environment because of their batteries

        User Video: Are Electric Cars Worse for the Environment? Myth Busted

        Video Summary: Vehicle Lifetime Emissions

        Initial Emissions:  It is true that electric vehicles can initially generate more emissions than their gasoline counterparts during manufacturing since it involves lithium-ion batteries and mass production. However, electric vehicles will offset their initial emissions after a milestone number of years or mileage.

        However, the majority of a vehicle’s emissions are generated during its lifetime.  When accounting for the total amount of emissions, including production, lifetime, and end-of-life, electric vehicles generate much less overall emissions when compared to their gasoline counterparts.

        KIA EV6

        Average Lifetime Emissions
        Standard Passenger Car (USA)

        Vehicle Type Avg Lifetime Emissions (CO2 grams per mile)
        Gasoline & Biofuels  409 CO2 g/m
        PHEV (Plug-In Hybrids)  238 CO2 g/m
        BEV (2021-2038 grid) 166 CO2 g/m
        BEV (Renewable
        Electricity)
        72 CO2 g/m
        2022 Hummer EV SUV

        Average Lifetime Emissions
        SUV or Similarly-Sized Vehicle (USA)

        Vehicle Type Avg Lifetime Emissions (CO2 grams per mile)
        Gasoline & Biofuels  502 CO2 g/m
        PHEV (Plug-In Hybrids)   327 CO2 g/m
        BEV (2021-2038 grid) 214 CO2 g/m
        BEV (Renewable
        Electricity)
        89 CO2 g/m

        Summary: Lithium Mining for EV Batteriy Manufacturing

        • Mostly mined in isolated regions, such as the Atacama Desert
        • Desolate, barren landscapes with little abundance of wildlife 
        • Less vulnerable to ecosystem and environmental devastations
        Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) Car Pollution

        The Atacama Desert in Chile, global leader in lithium mining & production

        Summary: Drilling for Petroleum

        • Occurs in marine ecosystems, abundant with rich biodiversity and thriving populations 
        • Oil drilling and spills can cause massive, long term devastation to the vulnerable ecosystems 
        Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) Car Pollution

        Workers attempting to clean up an oil spill

        Summary: EV Battery Recycling

        • Most EV batteries actually only consist of 5 to 7% lithium, they contain more cobalt and nickel 
        • Commonplace metals, both extremely profitable to recycle
        • New lithium battery recycling industry is emerging from EV boom
        Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) Car Pollution

        Recycling Lithium Batteries: A 2021 study has found that recycled lithium batteries operate with just as good, sometimes even better quality than batteries with newly mined materials. EV batteries can also be re-purposed for many non-automotive purposes.

        Aside from being environmentally friendly, there are many economical, practical, and personal advantages to driving electric cars.

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