There’s no doubt about it: electric vehicles represent a major evolution in the automotive industry as a whole. But as with any new technology, questions and confusion are totally understandable. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions pertaining to electric driving.
Are electric and hybrid vehicles safe?
Yes. Electric and hybrid vehicles must undergo the same rigorous safety testing as all other vehicles on the road. In fact, electric and hybrid vehicles are often packed with advanced safety technologies that make them particularly safe.
Are electric and hybrid car batteries bad for the environment?
No. The batteries in electric and hybrid vehicles are lithium-ion batteries — the same kind of battery found in your laptop and smartphone phone. Lithium-ion batteries are not only powerful, but they’re 90 percent recyclable too, making them eco-friendly just like the car’s they power.
EV, HEV, PHEV: What’s the difference?
EVs are electric vehicles powered entirely by an electric motor. HEVs, or Hybrid Electric Vehicles, have an electric motor and a traditional engine. PHEV vehicles such as the MitsubishiOutlander PHEV use electric battery power and only tap into the traditional engine when more power is needed.
Do you need to replace electric car batteries?
Electric and hybrid car batteries are engineered to last the lifetime of the vehicle. However, batteries can lose capacity over time if improperly charged or stored. Mitsubishi provides a 10-year/100,000 mile limited warranty for main drive batteries.
How long does it take to charge an electric car?
Charging electric and hybrid vehicles in surprisingly quick and simple. For example, the Outlander PHEV can reach up to 80 percent capacity in just 25 minutes with DC Fast Charging. With a Level 2 Charger, the Outlander PHEV takes less than four hours to charge, while a standard 120V outlet with a Level 1 charger takes only eight hours for a full charge.
If you have any more questions about electrified vehicles, don’t hesitate to call us, email us, or ask any of our El Cajon Mitsubishi associates in person!