Although many drivers are currently looking to invest in a hybrid or electric vehicle (EV), a surprising number may have been put off by confusing myths and misconceptions.

This is the suggestion of research carried out by Hyundai based on the responses of 2,000 petrol, diesel and alternatively-fuelled vehicle drivers, which uncovered a range of new urban legends doing the rounds.

Is lightning safe for EV drivers?

According to the study, 18 per cent of respondents did not think it would be safe to drive an EV through a lightning storm, while 12 per cent would be worried about charging their phone inside a vehicle powered by electricity.

A further 22 per cent even reported they would not feel safe charging EVs full stop, which may impact upon the government’s plans to completely phase out petrol and diesel cars by 2040.

The study revealed some of this confusion may be down to a lack of education, as 28 per cent of respondents readily admitted they don’t yet know enough about EVs.

Sylvie Childs from Hyundai said reading about some of the misconceptions has been fascinating, but urged people not to worry.

“We’ve all been told you don’t mix electricity with water, but when it comes to EVs there’s absolutely no extra risk of driving in a lightning storm – they are just as safe as a petrol or diesel car,” she added.

Heather Stark, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, comments: “The results of this survey may seem amusing, but they do show that the automotive industry, the government and our electricity providers need to make sure drivers understand what EV ownership will really be like.”

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