Watch out: the Anti-Electric-Car madness is on the rise
I don’t mind a few FB posts hurting my eyes once in a while. But the “electric-car-is-not-good” theme is standing out this week.
Punchy slogans in big letters like “Are electric cars really cleaner?” and “Electric car batteries destroy Brazilian rain forests” make me wonder about some of my FB friends.
Right now these are popular anti-electric-car slogans, especially in Germany where courts have ruled that many Diesel cars are not meeting environmental standards.
I can see that my German FB friends are confused and upset by this ruling. They wonder if fine dust particles are actually harmful and whether electric cars are really cleaner. I guess change never comes easy.
The facts are:
1) Electric cars are not pollution free. But they are way better than fossil fuel engine cars.
2) Fine dust pollution is harmful to our health. This is statistically proven.
Let’s have a look at the facts rather than falling for fake news. I collected a couple of sources that explain all this in more detail:
1) Electric cars are more energy efficient compared to fossil fuel cars.
2) Electric cars produce less CO2 compared to fossil fuel cars. The amount of CO2 also depends on the electricity-mix. (i.e. fossil fuel generated or renewable energy electricity)
3) Electric car batteries are expensive to produce. But over the lifetime of the car, this is still more economic compared to fossil fuel cars.
4) The electricity network does not collapse if everyone had an electric car and charged it. Smart electric cars can be used as a buffer and make charging more efficient.
5) New battery technology promises fast charging in the next few years.
I am hoping that our old Fiat 500 makes it another 7 years or so. And then Arleen and can get the self-driving, fast-charging electric for a comfortable drive while watching a good movie. And chat about the possibility of time travel. But that’s another topic…