Answering the 10 biggest objections to electric cars
If the early adopters of electric cars are quickly being sold their electric car, who will make the next wave of electric car purchases? The early followers, or those who are the most influenced by early adopters to buy electric cars. There is a list of common ideas around electric cars that need to be answered for the early followers to grasp, and see that the water is fine, or that maybe next years models will be good enough for them.
Too expensive: The up-front purchase cost of electric cars is clearly more than for the equivalent gasoline car. There are several counter points to consider. The most clear point is that the operational cost for an electric car is much less than the operational cost for a gas car. Electricity, as a fuel, is much cheaper than gasoline, and electric cars require much less maintenance. There's also an altruistic goal that will appeal to some, that buying an electric car encourages the car companies to manufacture more electric cars, increases electric car production volume, and if enough do so economies of scale should bring down the cost.
Limited range: Today's electric cars offer a 100 mile or so range, and the automotive style to which we've become accustomed is the illusion of infinite range that's available at the corner gas station. Electric cars simply do not provide that experience today, but is that a reason to discount them? First, understand your real driving needs, and choose a car to fit those needs. The majority of people drive 40 miles or less per day, making electric cars quite suitable for most people.
With most electric cars the long road trip isn't practical, so do not drive the electric car on long trips, yet. Most families own two or more cars, and could have one electric car and one gas car they use on long trips. Alternatively, the Chevy Volt is a quite fine plug-in hybrid with a 40 mile or so electric range, and many Volt owners are driving all electric the vast majority of the time, visiting the gasoline station every couple months or so.
Some people honestly do have daily long range drives, for example the sales or service people are out in the field every day all day long.
It takes too long to charge: The key thing to satisfy common longer range driving needs is a robust public charging infrastructure, especially public fast charging stations. Fast charging stations refill the battery pack at the rate of 160 miles per hour of charging (or more), but fast charging stations are only now beginning to be installed in the public in Chicago, the SF Bay Area, and other parts of California. Unfortunately there is a political battle brewing around fast charging standards, that could delay deployment of fast charging stations.
Currently charging stations (fast or not) are being built in urban areas. This is a necessary phase that will make each city a comfortable place to drive an electric car. The next phase will be fast charging stations along the highways between major metropolitan areas, to support long range trips.
Also consider the charging rate of the built-in charger on the car. Some have 3.3 kilowatt chargers on-board, which just is not a very fast charge rate (12 miles per hour of charging). Some electric cars, especially in the 2013 model year, have 6.6 kilowatt chargers, which give 25ish miles of range per hour of charging. The J1772 connector is designed to accommodate a 19.2 kilowatt charging rate, and if that is ever fully exploited would place the charging rate at the low end of the fast charging protocols.
The key point to understand is that the faster the charging rate, the more flexibly you can drive your electric car, and the farther you can drive in a day.
Where to charge? Can't charge at home or work? If the solution for limited range is a public charging infrastructure, its necessary to know where that infrastructure is. It's not like the infrastructure is as ubiquitous as gasoline stations. Fortunately we're not stuck blindly driving around hoping to accidentally bump into a charging station. There are a range of smart phone applications like Recargo, or PlugShare, or CarStations and the like which displays charging station information on a browseable map. Additionally the electric cars tend to have in-dash infotainment systems that include a browseable map of nearby stations.