EV myth busting – the best places to check your facts

Back in February, a House of Lords enquiry found that the UK government must do more to counter the “misinformation” on electric vehicles, published in parts of the UK media. Fast forward a couple of months, and there’s still a consistent swirl of stories continuing to perpetuate certain myths about electric vehicles, including myths about battery life, pollution, range, and much more besides. This misinformation is also rife on social media.

Joju’s take

Joju Founder and CEO, Joe Michaels, thinks these inaccurate, often misleading stories are definitely having an impact on potential EV drivers:

“It’s making people slower to make decisions on transitioning from polluting fossil fuel vehicles, to cleaner vehicles . That’s the main problem, and people don’t know quite what to believe. I think it’s really important that people find a credible source of information”.

Joe goes on to say:

“There’s a huge market where it’s in their interest to create scepticism over the transition to electric vehicles and clean vehicles. It’s still a minority trying to explain why electric vehicles are better for the environment. You’re dealing with a David and Goliath situation still, and it’s quite easy for the fossil fuel market to swamp negative information about EV’s on to the market”.  

Joe speaks more about the importance of fact checking in a recent interview, and you can listen to that, here:

 

 

Three resources busting the EV myths 

The importance of having credible sources to refer to is essential, so whether you’re already an EV owner or you’re looking to make the switch to electric and want some myth busting information to get your facts straight, here are the top three places we recommend heading to for straight talking, factual info:

  1. FairCharge’s little book of EV Myths

This recently published PDF might be small, but it packs a mighty punch, succinctly addressing some of the most embedded EV myths, using facts and data to set the record straight. EV batteries don’t last? Electric vehicles pollute more than petrol cars? Hydrogen will displace EV’s anyway? All these myths and more are debubnked in the little book.  It’s completely free and you can download it here.

 

 

  1. The Energy Saving Trust

A great source of always-impartial information is the Energy Saving Trust (EST). They have a dedicated section on their website debunking myths around electric vehicles, updated in February 2024. Head here for that one.

 

  1. The Guardian EV Mythbusters series

One of the sources Joe refers to in his interview, is the series of articles in The Guardian, exploring the myths, the realities and the grey areas surrounding electric vehicles.  It answers questions like, “Are electric cars too heavy for roads, bridges and car parks”? “Is it right to be worried about getting stranded in an electric car”? “Do electric cars pose a greater fire risk than petrol or diesel cars”? and lots more besides. Each article in the series covers the science associated with the topic and is a must for anyone wanting to find out more about the truth behind the claims.  You can find the series here.

 

 

Let’s bust the EV myths and move forward with factual information that helps drive the change we want to see for our families, our friends, and our planet.

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