Frequently Asked EV Questions Answered for Automotive School Grads

As the automotive industry shifts towards electrification, new electric vehicle (EV) owners and automotive school graduates alike are navigating a landscape filled with innovation and new challenges. Understanding the nuances of EV ownership is crucial. As expected, widespread EV adoption is taking some time. After all, for the past two centuries, drivers have relied on internal combustion vehicles to get around. 

Though electrification is more widespread than ever before, there’s naturally still some resistance to change. Indeed, some of this resistance comes from valid concerns, while there are certainly some misconceptions out there. Below, we tackle three frequently asked questions about electric vehicles, offering insights that demystify some of the most common concerns. 

As a future automotive professional, being able to address these common questions and concerns can help you provide clients with the information they need to make informed decisions. 

Where Can I Charge My EV?

Charging an electric vehicle can be done in various locations, offering flexibility to EV owners. The three primary places to charge are:

  • At Home: The most convenient charging solution for many EV owners is home charging. You can use a standard electrical outlet (Level 1 charging) or install a Level 2 charging station for faster charging. Level 1 charging typically offers around 3 to 5 miles of range per hour of charging, while Level 2 can provide 20 to 60 miles of range per hour.
  • At Work: Many employers are now offering EV charging as a perk. These are often Level 2 chargers, allowing you to recharge while you work.
  • Public Charging Stations: For longer trips or on-the-go charging needs, public charging stations, including Level 2 and DC fast chargers (Level 3), are expanding globally. DC fast chargers can charge an EV’s battery to 80% in as little as 20 to 30 minutes, making them ideal for quick refills.

After automotive school, you can share relevant apps and websites that are dedicated to helping EV owners locate nearby charging stations, with details about the type of charger, availability, and sometimes even the cost of charging.

Are Electric Vehicles Expensive?

Historically, EVs have been more expensive to purchase than their gasoline counterparts, primarily due to the high cost of batteries. However, prices are decreasing as battery technology advances and production scales up. In some regions, incentives and tax credits can significantly reduce the purchase price, making EVs competitively priced with, or even cheaper than, traditional vehicles. 

For example, when considering the total cost of ownership, EVs often come out ahead. They have lower operating costs due to cheaper electricity compared to gasoline and lower maintenance needs. Electric vehicles have fewer moving parts, which reduces the likelihood of mechanical failures and costly repairs. Additionally, many governments offer incentives such as reduced tax rates or exemptions from congestion charges for EV owners.

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Automotive school prepares you to understand and mitigate the concerns of your future clients.

Are Electric Vehicles Dependable?

With fewer moving parts, there’s more that can go right. Many drivers have concerns about  EV batteries, but they are designed to last for many years. They are often covered by warranties that last for eight years or more, guaranteeing a significant portion of their capacity. 

In terms of performance, EVs deliver instant torque, providing quick acceleration and a smooth driving experience. They are well-suited for city driving, and with advancements in battery technology, many new models offer a competitive range suitable for long-distance travel as well.

With all of that being said, it’s worth noting that extreme temperatures can affect battery performance and range. However, most EVs come equipped with thermal management systems to mitigate these effects, ensuring reliability across various climates.

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As a hybrid and electric vehicle mechanic, your clients may question the dependability of EVs.

Prepare for Electrification in Automotive School

As the market for electric vehicles continues to grow and evolve, staying informed about these key aspects will help you to navigate the future of the industry with confidence. Hybrid and electrical mechanic training is a great starting point for breaking into this exciting industry. 

Taught by automotive experts with cutting-edge industry knowledge, our program prepares students to embrace more future-proof careers. 

Learn about the safety implications of working with high-voltage machines and the fundamentals of hybrid technology alongside a thorough introduction to the industry. Start your path to success with our introductory hybrid technology training program! 

Are you ready to become a hybrid and electric vehicle mechanic

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