The detractors of electric vehicles and a highway of lies

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be focusing on electric vehicles (EVs) and examining some of the most popular fallacies espoused by those who don’t believe we can build a cleaner future. This is a key battleground for fossil fuel interests and for people downplaying the severity of the climate emergency.

A media campaign is underway in Canada to try to convince people that electric vehicles are a terrible idea. To prove this point, I simply searched for “National mail electric vehicle” on Google.

The best result was “Guilbeault wants to ban gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035.” The next 10 results were articles claiming that EVs are less reliable, don’t work in the cold, will increase foreign imports, are an assault on the middle class, and no one wants them anyway. Opinions in favor of electric vehicles were few and far between on several search engine results pages.

You can try the same experiment with many of the 130+ Postmedia brands across Canada and we found very few writers extolling the virtues of electric vehicles. Even the former leftists Globe and mail He has nothing good to say. You can find some positive editorials about electric vehicles in the toronto star, Edmonton Journal and CBC News online, but based on sheer volume, it would appear there is a unified media consensus against EVs.

This onslaught of negativity has left me experiencing a troubling form of cognitive dissonance. The anti-EV sentiment is not aligned with the exuberant testimonials I receive from EV drivers I know. I’ve seen little kids gather excitedly around my friend’s Tesla the same way I used to fawn over a Corvette Stingray.

A recent report for him Canadian Automobile Association seems to muddy the waters even more. TO survey from more than 16,000 electric vehicle owners across Canada uncovered major concerns about charging infrastructure, long trips, and cold-weather performance. He also noted that most EV owners still own a gasoline-powered vehicle for longer trips.

However, respondents also indicated that their concerns about range, cold weather, and battery degradation decreased. significantly after owning an electric vehicle. More importantly, the level of satisfaction. was extremely tall.

An overwhelming majority (97 percent) They say they will buy another electric vehicle when it comes time to replace the current one. Nearly nine in 10 (89 percent) say they enjoy driving their electric vehicle more, 95 percent say their electric vehicle is more affordable and 92 percent say their electric vehicle is quieter than their gasoline vehicle.” .

There have certainly been problems as automakers introduce new designs, establish new supply chains and build assembly lines to support the transition to electric vehicles. But the concerns raised by numerous opinion pieces are not presented as problems we must solve. These stories are alarmist and amplified with a frequency that seems more like a sustained effort to influence public opinion. The end result is a slowdown in the evolution towards a better system and a cleaner future.

Generally speaking, there seems to be a unified consensus in the media opposing #EVs, writes Rob Miller @winexus #renewables #electricity #aeso #ClimatePollution #cdnpoli #bcpoli #qcpoli

In Canada, passenger cars and light trucks represent approximately 40 percent of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the transportation sector. Transportation accounts for 28 per cent of Canada’s total GHG emissions. second only to emissions from the oil and gas industry. There is no way we will achieve our commitment to net zero emissions by 2050 without transitioning the transportation sector to zero-emission vehicles.

The federal government is trying to make that happen with a $5,000 incentive on the purchase of light-duty electric vehicles and a maximum incentive of $200,000 for companies and organizations that wish to invest in medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles. He Canada Infrastructure Bank has funded more than 5,000 zero-emission school and transit buses nationwide and federally. Electric Vehicle Availability Standard sets sales targets for Canadian automobile manufacturers and importers.

The incentive for electric vehicles has helped increase their market share for 13.3 percent in the third quarter of 2023, but affordability remains a concern for low-income Canadians when a new electric vehicle in Canada costs more than $40,000. That said, as manufacturers release lower-cost models and the availability of used electric vehicles increases, there will be affordable options that will have lower fuel and maintenance costs than a gasoline-powered vehicle.

Norway is an example of a country that has successfully introduced financial incentives that have been adopted by Norwegian drivers. Another sales record was set in 2023: electric vehicles covered 82.4 percent of new passenger car sales. Almost 700,000 electric vehicles have 3,000 public chargers and more than 7,500 fast chargers throughout the country.

Unfortunately, when it comes to enthusiasm for a rapid transition to electric vehicles, people are divided into two camps. There are those who embrace the emerging future and wish it would happen faster and there are those who like the way things are and are outraged when governments try to create policies to speed up the transition.

Norway has shown how effective economic incentives can be, but in Canada, naysayers dominate the media narrative about electric vehicles.

Rob Miller is a retired systems engineer, formerly with General Dynamics Canada, who now volunteers at the Calgary Climate Hub and writes on behalf of Eco-Elders for Climate Action, but any opinions expressed in his work are his own.

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