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Canadian EV car buying myths debunked 2022 edition

Canadian EV car buying myths debunked 2022 edition

It’s that time of the year where we spend some time debunking myths that surround all-electric vehicles; while there is a kernel of truth in some of the myths, you will soon see that most of them are nothing but fiction.

EVs can explode or pose an undue fire hazard

You may have heard from someone in an obscure forum online that EVs can explode or catch fire.

True, any vehicle can catch fire but ask yourself which is riskier, a vehicle that has a battery or a vehicle with several liters of gasoline stored in a pressurized container aka gas tank?

The fires that we have read about are due to faulty wiring that happened with the first-generation EVs that were not produced by well-established carmakers.

If you buy a vehicle from a carmaker that is not well-established, you are taking a pretty substantial risk.

While Tesla, to most, may be synonymous with EVs, they have only been in business for a few years, while companies like Ford have stood the test of time.

EVs accelerators stick and could crash for no reason

The fear of AI taking over our vehicle and running us off a cliff is the stuff of Hollywood.

There have been cases of EVs accelerating even though the driver is not pushing the “gas” those are very rare and they do happen in both gas-powered vehicles, but as we mentioned again, if you buy a vehicle from a carmaker that doesn’t have a good track record, you are playing with fire.

EVs are a fad, and they won’t be around for long

This resistance is common; most of us grew up with gas-powered vehicles and understand them.

We know how to open up the hood and work on our vehicle. EVs are something totally different; there are fewer moving parts and potential points of failure.

These vehicles present a risk to the ways of life for old-school mechanics and businesses that rely on selling fossil fuels.

The reality is that as more EVs are produced, it will lead to more jobs. Remember how computers were supposed to eliminate our need for paper? Paper is still being used just as much as in the past, with the exception of newspapers.

You need to be wealthy to own an EV

This was true when EVs first started hitting the road, and some of the more premium model EVs can reach the high five figures or low six figures. If you are looking for an EV that looks good and has a good range, you can plan on spending $30k-$40k; yup, that’s it.

The price of an average EV is pretty much in line with what you would pay for the gas-powered equivalent with the same features.

Don’t believe the hype

You should base your own decisions on your own personal experiences; start by visiting your local car dealership and test-driving all of the EVs they have available. Only when you have driven an EV will you be able to decide which one is the right one for you.

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