Myth:

Electric vehicles (EVs) don’t go far enough on one charge for drivers to feel comfortable.

Fact:

Most Americans drive 40 or fewer miles a day, and today’s battery ranges are more than twice that. Range limitations are a non-issue for hybrid vehicles and vehicles with range extending engines, like the Chevrolet Volt.

 

Myth:

Electric vehicles perform like oversized golf carts.

Fact:

What drivers like most about their EVs is performance, according to surveys. Today’s EVs are high--performance vehicles; they’re powerful, responsive and accelerate quickly. Most vehicles offer trim packages that are comparable to other mid-range and luxury conventional cars on the market. Many drivers like the relative quiet of driving an EV compared to their previous gasoline-powered car.

 

Myth:

Electric vehicles cost too much to own and operate.

Fact:

Prices have come down. Chevrolet’s all-electric Bolt will cost about $30,000 after incentives. The second-generation Chevrolet Volt had a lower price than its first- generation release. The used EV market is growing as manufacturers continue to release new models and re-release today’s models in successive generation cars. As a result, used EVs with low mileage can be found easily in many local markets. Manufacturers and dealers are also offering competitive lease arrangements, so if you’re curious about driving an EV you can try it without committing for the long term.

 

Myth:

Electric cars don’t help the environment if they charge with electricity that was made from coal.

Fact:

Electric vehicles have lower greenhouse gas emissions than combustion engine vehicles. The reason is that the electricity in our area is made from a blend a fuels, including coal, natural gas, nuclear, wind, biogas, hydro and solar. Alliant Energy customers can also sign up for our Second Nature™ program to purchase additional shares of locally-produced green power to offset the use of conventional fuels.

 

Myth:

Electric vehicles don’t work well in a cold climate.

Fact:

It’s true that the EV battery range decreases in frigid conditions; however, even under these conditions, most vehicles are left with sufficient range to get you where you want to go.

 

Myth:

Electric car buyers need widespread charging infrastructure.

Fact:

The ability to charge at home and at work are the two most important locations electric car owners mention in terms of convenience. Public charging infrastructure has expanded considerably. Plugshare.com lists public charging locations across the country.

Learn more about our rebates for home and workplace chargers

 

Myth:

Low gas prices are hurting sales of electric cars.

Fact:

Electric vehicle sales have not declined in this era of low gas prices and studies show that the decision to buy a car is due to many factors.

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