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Let's bust some EV myths.
Myth #1: EV's are slow and ugly.
Is this what you think of when someone says electric car?
This is the Tesla Roadster. 0-60 in 3.7 sec, 125 mph, 200 miles per charge.
It is 100% electric.
This is Chip Yates' SWIGZ Pro Superbike...winning against gas bikes.
It recently broke a land speed record - 190.6 mph in 1 mile.
I'll just let these video speak for themselves.
This is the White Zombie. A 100% electric Datsun 1200...that eats Corvettes for breakfast.
This is the Killacycle. That rumbling in the background is not the Killacycle.
And just for fun, these are all electric vehicles. Pretty weak, eh?
(The have electric drivetrains. Diesel engines just recharge the batteries.)
Myth #2: EVs don't have enough range.
This is called "range anxiety." Get over it.
Americans drive less than 40 miles per day, on average. On most days, they drive less than 20 miles.
The Nissan Leaf has a range of 100 miles. The Tesla Roadster goes 200 miles.
The truth is, EVs have more than enough range for 90% of the driving done by 90% of drivers.
Myth #3: EVs just transfer the fossil fuels to a coal power plant
Here is a graph showing the "well to wheel" fossil fuel usage for 3 different vehicles.
This is the amount of energy from fossil fuels all the way from the source to actually making the vehicle go.
An electric vehicle uses less than 1/3 the fossil fuels compared to a gas car, even if the electricity is made from coal.
Myth #4: EVs just transfer the emissions to a coal power plant
Here is a graph showing the "well to wheel" CO2 emissions for 3 different vehicles.
An electric vehicle produces less than 1/4 of the CO2 emissions compared to a gas car, even if the electricity is made from coal.
And remember, the more we turn to renewable energy, the better the electric vehicle gets.
This hoo-ha about pollution from EVs is misinformation from the oil companies. It's just not true.
Myth #5: EVs are too expensive
A Nissan Leaf is about $33,000. A Honda Civic is about $15,000.
But it doesn't end at the dealership.
Here's the breakdown of major costs:
|Fuel||$0.02 / mile||$0.12 / mile (at $4.00 / gallon)|
|100k mile fuel cost||$2000||$12,000|
|Oil change||$0||$30 every 3000 miles|
|100k mile oil changes||$0||$1000|
Over 100,000 miles, both vehicles basically cost the same.
This doesn't even include maintenance, which is going to be more on the gas vehicle (electric motors actually have very few moving parts).
It also assumes gas will stay at $4.00 / gal. Keep dreaming.
What about the batteries? Aren't they really expensive? Yes, they are. But the Leaf's batteries are made to last over 10 years.
By the time they need to be replaced, they won't be expensive anymore (and they'll be a lot better too).
Myth #6: EV batteries damage the environment
First of all...more than extracting and burning oil?
Lithium batteries contain no heavy metals or toxic materials. They can legally be dumped in a landfill.
But you don't want to do that, right? Both lead acid and lithium batteries can be recycled.
Myth #7: EVs will get us off Middle East Oil
Well, this isn't really a myth. EV's will help - A LOT - but I'm not really so worried about middle east oil. I'm worried about oil.
Extracting and burning oil hurts the earth no matter where it comes from. You know who our biggest oil importer is?
Eh? Yup, we get twice as much oil from Canada as we do from Saudi Arabia.
You know what else comes from Canada? Celine Dion. One way or another, Canada is basically trying to destroy the world.
So get yourself an EV, and screw Canada.
(Dear Canada, just kidding...but seriously, please stop feeding our oil habit.)
Well to Wheel Efficiency Analysis
Lithium Battery Recycling
Top 15 Oil Importers