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Debunking Electric Vehicle Myths

In recent years, electric vehicles (EVs) have gained popularity as an environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional gas-powered vehicles. In fact, EVs are critical in creating a more sustainable transportation system. However, there are misconceptions and myths that hold back many potential buyers. Dispelling the myths surrounding electric vehicles and embracing exciting technology helps us enjoy a brighter future with fewer emissions. We can help you separate fact from fiction as you explore switching to electric.

Myth: EVs can only travel for short distances before needing a charge.

Reality: As EV technology has advanced, the cars’ range has greatly increased. Modern battery electric vehicles (BEVs), which run exclusively on electricity, now have a range of over 300 miles per charge, which should help you overcome your range anxiety. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVS) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVS) can be fueled by both electricity and gas, which increases the range even more.

Myth: EVs are inconvenient for long-distance travel.

Reality: As the demand for EVs rises, the public charging infrastructure for the vehicles has grown exponentially. Charging stations are now widely available along highways, at gas stations, and in many other public locations, which makes the vehicles practical for short and long-distance travel. Check out to find your nearest public electric charging stations.

If you travel long distances daily, PHEVS and HEVS are a good option to explore. Our resources page can help you decide which EV option is right for you and your lifestyle.

Myth: EVs need a lot of maintenance.

Reality: One of the biggest advantages of switching to an electric vehicle is the cost savings due to less maintenance. There are fewer moving parts inside the vehicle, which means less wear and tear. One study from Consumer Reports showed that an average EV user can expect to save $4,600 in maintenance over the lifetime of the vehicle. In addition, you spend less time looking for and sitting at the mechanic.

Myth: EVs are slow.

Reality: While accelerating in an electric vehicle is much different than in a gas-powered vehicle, EVs are just as fast or faster than a traditional car. Thanks to the instant torque EV motors use, you won’t be sacrificing speed when you switch to electric. Electric vehicles even have their own racing series: Formula E!

At Alliant Energy, we’re doing our part to help the transition to EVs. In fact, we’ve committed to electrifying all of our active light duty fleet vehicles by the end of 2030. For more details, check out our EV resources, and read our recent blog on top considerations for EV drivers.
Kaitlyn is an intern with the External Communications Team. She is a student at The University of Iowa, studying Journalism & Mass Communication and Event Management. Kaitlyn is passionate about sustainability and is eager to help tell Alliant Energy’s story in their journey to create a better future.

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