A recent article in TheJournal.ie debunks several common myths about electric vehicles (EVs) that are prevalent in Ireland:
Myth #1: EVs are More Expensive to Run – Contrary to the belief that the rising cost of electricity makes EVs more expensive to operate than petrol or diesel cars, EVs are actually cheaper in the long run. They are more efficient, have lower fuel costs (especially with a home charger), and require less maintenance due to fewer moving parts. Additionally, grants for home charger installations can further reduce costs.
Myth #2: EVs Don’t Reduce Emissions – A misinterpretation of a Volvo report led to the belief that EVs have higher emissions than petrol cars. However, the report underestimated fuel production emissions and overestimated EV electricity generation emissions. In reality, EVs have about two-thirds the lifetime emissions of combustion-engine cars, making them a smarter choice for reducing emissions.
Myth #3: EV Sales are Slowing Down – Contrary to the claim that the popularity of EVs is declining, sales statistics show a significant increase. In 2017, EVs accounted for 1.4% of car sales, which grew to 20% in 2023, indicating their growing popularity.
Myth #4: Holding Onto an Older Car is More Environmentally Friendly than Switching to an EV – While it may seem environmentally responsible to keep an old car running, replacing it with an EV can be more beneficial in the long term. A study in 2022 showed that the carbon debt from manufacturing an EV can be offset within 18 months of replacing an old vehicle, with continuous emission reductions throughout the EV’s lifespan.
The article encourages readers to learn more about EVs and available grants through Zero Emission Vehicles Ireland (ZEVI).