Electric cars – or electric vehicles, otherwise known as EVs – are making big gains in popularity, but apparently they are not well understood. Some of the questions potential EV drivers ask show that their grip on the technicalities of the electric car can be a little hazy.
Clean and dry
One question often asked is whether an EV can go through a carwash. More than 40 per cent of the respondents to a survey were concerned about this; however, cars have to be tested beforehand and going through a carwash or similar flooding rain is required for all cars.
Another concern is whether electric cars can be charged when it is raining. As long as the usual precautions that apply to the use of any electrical equipment are taken, this should not be a problem.
Charge it up
Some motorists want to know about the average distance between charging outlets. In England, this can be less than four miles; however, charging points are not installed at fixed distances and may not be evenly spread across the country.
In other countries, it will depend on the popularity of EVs. There will not be a problem in Norway, where EVs are very popular.
Concerns about tyres are another issue for EV drivers; however, you can shop for tyres in the usual way and there is no need to buy special replacement tyres.
Some buyers have asked what happens if their EV is hit by lightning. Of course, an EV has protective measures just like any other car. Lightning might affect charging, or a power surge might affect some circuits, but extensive damage has not been reported. If you were really worried, you could enquire about insurance to cover this.
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EVs are quiet and have excellent green credentials, with no reliance on fossil fuels and no toxic emissions. Their popularity is growing and the infrastructure to support their use is increasing. In many capital cities, the number of electric cars on the roads is growing rapidly, and for good reason.