Electric Vehicle and Fuel Vehicle, which is the right choice?
Electric vehicles compared to fuel vehicles have many outstanding advantages and are expected to explode strongly shortly. However, there are still many misunderstandings about electric vehicles that make customers hesitate before deciding to buy a car.
Electric vehicles compared to gas cars have high costs, shorter travel distances, slower speeds, and less safety … are common misunderstandings and need to be changed by electric vehicles.
Electric vehicles are expensive and have a short travel distance.
Many customers hesitate before deciding to buy an electric car because they think it is more expensive than fuel vehicles. However, the fact that production technology is increasingly improved, and the production cost of batteries and accumulators is optimized makes the cost of electric vehicles increasingly lower.
Based on the supportive policies of the governments of many countries, buyers can save on the maximum cost of buying electric vehicles. For example, in many parts of the US, car buyers get a certain amount of money back when they buy an electric car depending on their personal income. Meanwhile, in many European countries, buyers will save up to 6,000 euros when buying electric vehicles thanks to policies to promote electric vehicle consumption. These policies make the price of electric vehicles not high, even lower than fuel vehicles.
In addition, the cost of operating, maintaining, and repairing electric vehicles is also much lower than fuel vehicles when a study in the US shows that an electric vehicle owner on average saves $ 632 per year. . This is explained by the fact that electric vehicles do not have to change the oil for periodic maintenance like fuel vehicles, as well as the transmission parts of electric vehicles have a simple structure, do not need to use spark plugs, the intake/exhaust valve system, starter, transmission belt…, fuel tank and many other details like a traditional internal combustion engine vehicle.
Even though they have lower operating costs, that doesn’t mean electric vehicles have a shorter range than fuel vehicles. In fact, most modern electric vehicles can travel the same distance as a fuel-powered vehicle on a single charge from a full tank to empty. Specifically, the average fuel vehicle can run a distance of 482km with a full tank, while an electric vehicle can run a distance of 200-490km on a single charge.
According to statistics from the US Department of Transport, the average vehicle user in this country drives about 64km/day while the European Commission data shows the average driving distance per day is 40-90km. Electric vehicles such as the electric Hyundai Kona have a range of 484 km, or the Chevrolet Bolt EV has a range of 459 km per charge. The corresponding figures for the Kia e-Niro and Tesla Model S Long-range are 455km and 610km. Vietnam’s first electric vehicle model produced by VinFast is the VinFast VF e34, which has a travel distance of about 285km after each charge according to NEDC standards, as well as a distance of 180km after only 18 minutes of using the mode. Superfast charging. This means users can run the vehicle for several days, even up to more than a week before it needs to be charged.
In addition, electric vehicle battery technology is also transforming with many studies aimed at increasing battery life, capacity, lifespan as well as travel distance. Therefore, electric vehicles are perfectly suitable for long-distance travel.
Electric vehicles run slower than fuel vehicles
Many users mistakenly believe that electric vehicles are slow as those used in tourist areas. Electric vehicles often accelerate and run faster than fuel vehicles of the same capacity because 100% of the torque generated in electric vehicles is used for transmission and is not lost through other components. Thanks to that, the vehicle will immediately accelerate when the user steps on the fuel without delay.
Meanwhile, vehicles using traditional internal combustion engines take longer to transfer the power generated from the engine to the wheels as well as to achieve maximum torque. Fuel vehicles also consume energy through the transmission, so they accelerate and run slower than electric vehicles of the same capacity.
Electric vehicles are not as safe as fuel vehicles
The market share of electric vehicles is relatively small, so organizations in the US often do not safely test this type of vehicle. However, the models that have undergone crash tests have shown good results. Customers may wonder about the ability of electric vehicle batteries to explode, but research by the US National Highway Safety Administration shows that the frequency of explosions in electric vehicle battery systems is equal or lower. compared to the battery of a fuel-powered vehicle
Electric vehicles are not more environmentally friendly than fuel vehicles
Many users also think that electric vehicles are not more environmentally friendly than fuel vehicles, but this is completely wrong. Electric vehicle motors convert up to 75% of the chemical energy from the battery to power the vehicle. Meanwhile, the internal combustion engine only converts about 20% of the fuel into kinetic energy to help the vehicle operate. Studies also show that electric vehicles produce much lower greenhouse fuel emissions than fuel vehicles over their lifespan.
Although the manufacturing process of batteries still produces emissions, manufacturers are still improving the technology and have made significant progress. In particular, these emissions have decreased by more than 50% compared to 2017.
Manufacturers in Europe are actively using green energy in battery production to reduce greenhouse fuel emissions into the environment. Batteries that can be recycled or reused also help to reduce hazardous waste and avoid the overuse of precious metals as inputs.
The charging station system does not meet the demand
Many users are afraid to buy electric vehicles because they think that the current network of electric vehicle charging stations is not enough to meet the needs of charging vehicles in public places. The average daily driving distance of users is 40 – 90km, which means that vehicle users can charge batteries at home without going to public charging stations. In addition, the number of charging stations is increasing rapidly globally. Compared with 2,379 public charging stations in Europe in 2011, the number in 2020 has increased to 190,000 stations.
To bring customers convenience in the process of operating electric vehicles, the charging station system is being rapidly expanded by VinFast in 63 provinces and cities across the country. Accordingly, toll stations will be arranged at bus stations, parking lots, apartment buildings, offices, commercial centers, rest stops, and petrol stations along highways and national highways.
In Vietnam, electric vehicles compared to fuel vehicles are still not popular. However, electric vehicles are receiving more and more attention from domestic users, especially since VinFast launched the VinFast VF e34 electric vehicles model. After only 3 months of official “launch”, this model has received a record number of 25,000 orders.
Using electric vehicles not only helps owners save costs, is efficient in use, and safe to operate, but also helps to reduce dependence on fossil fuel sources and emissions into the environment. Therefore, electric vehicles completely deserve to be the choice of the future.