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Four Myths About EV Charging Debunked

Posted 06/27/2024

Misinformation about electric vehicles (EVs) and EV charging is widespread. At Blink Charging, a big part of our mission is to help provide accurate information to current and future EV drivers, charging station site hosts, and the general public.

Below is a list of four of the most common myths and misconceptions about EV charging – and some key facts to help clear the air… and set the record straight.

Myth #1: “EV Batteries End Up in Landfills.” 

EV batteries are not disposed of in landfills. Instead, they are recycled or repurposed for other uses.

This misconception stems from comparing EV batteries to nickel-cadmium batteries used in household items. Unlike those batteries, EV batteries are lithium-ion and significantly different from typical household or car batteries.

When an EV battery pack is no longer suitable for driving, it still retains a substantial amount of power. According to Dr. Hanjiro Ambrose from the University of California Davis, after 8 to 12 years of use, an EV battery pack can retain more than two-thirds of its power

Reusing EV Batteries

Although old EV battery packs may not be suitable for vehicles due to degradation from rapid charging and discharging cycles, they can still be repurposed for various uses, such as:  

Recycling EV Batteries

Even when an EV battery is fully depleted after its second life, it doesn’t end up in a landfill. Instead, it can be recycled. 

Specialty EV battery recycling companies, such as Redwood Materials Inc. in Carson City, NV and Li-Cycle holdings Corp. in Toronto, have emerged. Redwood partners with Panasonic, a supplier for Tesla’s batteries, where Li-Cycle collaborates with General Motors.  

In Europe, Groupe Renault collaborates with Veolia and Solvay to extract and purify battery metals from used EV batteries.  

The Global Battery Alliance (GBA) also strives to ensure EV battery supply chains are sustainable and equitable. This alliance includes over 150 businesses, governments, academics, industry actors, and international and non-governmental organizations. Their mission is to ensure battery production supports green energy, safeguards human rights, and promotes health and environmental sustainability.  

Myth #2: “The Electricity Grid Cannot Handle the Increased Demand from EV Charging.” 

Some worry that if every vehicle on the road suddenly became an EV and every household installed an EV charging station today, the electrical grid would likely fail. However, the transition to EVs is gradual, providing ample time to upgrade the electrical infrastructure to keep pace with EV adoption.

Several studies have analyzed the gap between current and future power needs for electric vehicles.

It’s important for us to remember: electrical grids are constantly maintained, repaired, and upgraded every year, regardless of EVs.  

What do these statistics mean for EV drivers? As the shift from gas to electric vehicles progresses gradually, utility providers have the time to enhance battery storage and power generation to support EVs. Smart technology, such as load management and demand response, will enable utilities to manage electricity more effectively during peak hours. With battery energy storage (BES) systems and V2G technology, EV charging can even transform electric vehicles into backup batteries for the grid.

Did you know? There are 2 types of Blink Load Management: Network Load Management and Local Load Management

Myth #3: “You Cannot Charge an EV in the Backcountry.” 

Solar power offers new opportunities for businesses and governments to install EV charging stations in off-grid locations. Stellantis and EV brand Rivian are placing solar-powered EV charging stations at trailheads. With an experienced solar provider, businesses can also install Blink charging stations under solar panels.  

Heading to a National Park? To celebrate the National Park Service (NPS) Centennial, BMW Group, National Park Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Energy installed 100 Level 2 charging stations at national parks from 2018 to 2019. The Clean Cities National Parks initiative has also brought EV charging to national parks. While only select trailheads currently have EV charging capabilities, these initiatives show that EV charging is expanding to some of the most rural regions of the U.S. View the map of national parks with EV charging stations. 

Many new EV drivers worry about range anxiety. As Level 2 chargers expand to hotels and DC fast chargers to highways, emergency roadside assistance companies are investing in portable EV chargers to help stranded drivers.  

Myth #4: “Old Buildings Cannot Have EV Charging Infrastructure Installed.” 

Retrofitting an old building for EV charging can be costly, but it is achievable. Upgrading the electrical systems in an old building may be necessary, but it can be worthwhile if there’s sufficient demand.   

As EVs become the default type of vehicle worldwide, the ability to charge a vehicle will become a necessity rather than a perk.  

Old buildings can be retrofitted to upgrade their electrical systems. They can also implement load management to host several chargers on a single circuit. 


Transitioning to EVs involves more than just manufacturing and selling them. It requires a comprehensive evolution of the automotive ecosystem. If you're interested in becoming an EV charging site host, Blink Charging offers Level 2 and DCFC options. Contact Blink Charging today to speak with an expert. 

For more information, read about additional EV myths here. 

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