Ignore Naysayers, EVs Are Coming, And There's No Turning Back

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Posted on EVANNEX on September 10, 2021 by Charles Morris

As it becomes clearer that electric transportation is the future, the haters, Luddites, and boo-birds are out in full force. Every single day I see a slew of anti-EV material online.

Some of these are articles in reputable media (e.g. Politico), which marshal reasonable-sounding arguments to explain why their readers should wait another few years to buy an EV, or why it will take decades for e-mobility to “catch on” (these are often filled with falsehoods and/or oil industry talking points). Over on the social media side, we see a steady stream of barely coherent rants, complete with misspellings and grammatical errors, that repeat the same scare stories week after week. 

Jim Motavalli, writing in Treehugger, tells us how, after he wrote a piece in Autoweek about the major automakers’ plans to eventually phase out internal combustion engines, the comments section quickly filled up with naysaying. Many commenters harped on the “inconvenience” of driving electric, and quite a few portrayed electrification as something that government and “major corporations” are trying to force on an unwilling public.

One, more insightful than most, pointed out the huge contrast between the overwhelmingly anti-EV tone of comments on Autoweek (which covers both ICE and electric vehicles) and more pro-EV sites, where readers rhapsodize about the joys of driving electric, and grouse about timid government support for EVs and the half-hearted efforts of legacy automakers.

EVs will eventually displace ICE vehicles not because they save money, or because of their (very real, whatever the Autoweek crowd may say) environmental advantages. They will win drivers over because they’re better vehicles—more practical, more convenient, better-performing, and more fun to drive. At least, this is what I and other chroniclers of e-mobility have been saying for years, and now technology is beginning to catch up to our optimism. The selection of available EVs is growing, ranges are more than sufficient, and public charging infrastructure is proliferating.

Depending on who you talk to, major automakers are either “all in” on electrification, or fighting a rear-guard action to delay it as long as possible.

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