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Liars and the lies they tell about electric cars


Electric cars are popping up everywhere. In 2012, the Tesla Model S and Nissan LEAF were curiosities. Today, the US market is teeming with electric vehicles from Ford, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Kia and Volvo, with GM and Nissan expected to join in the fun later this year. In China, there are more makes and models of electric cars than you can estimate, and in Europe, PSA Group and Stellantis have more models of electric cars. Even Toyota looks set to abandon its hydrogen fuel cell projects and jump on the electric vehicle bandwagon – finally.

The more electric cars hit the market, the more the people who will be the biggest losers in the electric vehicle revolution (i.e. the oil companies) step up their attacks on them. The latest tactic is to claim that the emissions associated with extracting the materials needed to make electric vehicle batteries are so huge that any claim that they are environmentally friendly is false.

In Australia, the federal government has shouted that electric cars will ruin Australian families’ weekends because they can’t drive very far and can’t tow things like boats and caravans. The dastardly ScoMo and his henchmen are warning Australians that electric vehicles mean the end of their beloved utilities – which is basically how you say ‘van’ in Australian. Are any of these lies correct? We will take a look.

The Emissions Lie of the Electric Vehicle Supply Chain

Research conducted by the Yale School of Environment and recently published in the journal Nature Communication responded to the claim that when emissions from the supply chain for electric cars and emissions from producing electricity to power them are combined, the environmental benefits of electric vehicles disappear. In fact, critics argue, electric vehicles are in fact worse for the environment than internal combustion vehicles!

How can that be? Well, EV batteries require a lot of nickel, lithium, and cobalt. More electric vehicles means more mining and we all know mining is dirty business. More mining means more emissions, doesn’t it? Not only that, electric cars need electricity (there’s a shock, eh?) And a lot of electricity comes from burning coal, so more electricity means more emissions. It’s as easy as the face on your nose!

These are the kinds of claims that Yale researchers have dug into. Here is what they found. “The surprising element was how much lower the emissions from electric vehicles were,” says Stephanie Weber, postdoctoral associate. “The combustion vehicle supply chain is so dirty that electric vehicles cannot surpass them, even taking into account indirect emissions. “

The research team combined concepts of energy economics and industrial ecology – carbon pricing, life cycle assessment, and energy system modeling – to determine whether carbon emissions were further reduced when emissions were reduced. indirect aspects of the electric vehicle supply chain were taken into account.

“A major concern with electric vehicles is that the supply chain, including the extraction and processing of raw materials and the manufacturing of batteries, is far from clean,” says the Yale economics professor, Ken Gillingham. “So if we price the carbon embodied in these processes, EVs are expected to be sky-high. It turns out that this is not the case. If you level the playing field by also pricing carbon in the fossil fuel vehicle supply chain, EV sales would actually increase. Unsurprisingly, the researchers found that the more carbon-free the electricity grid, the greater the advantage of electric vehicles over conventional cars.

The research team collected data using a national energy modeling system created by the Energy Information Administration, which models the entire U.S. energy system. According to lead researcher Paul Wolfram, “The elephant in the room is the supply chain for fossil-fueled vehicles, not electric vehicles. He adds that the faster we switch to electric vehicles the better, especially in countries with a large supply of renewable electricity like the United States. The researchers conclude:

“While direct emissions from BEVs are expected to be lower than from ICEVs, it is surprising that in fact non-tailpipe emissions are also lower. This sheds new light on the current public debate on “dirty” batteries and electricity. In fact, the simultaneous reduction of direct and indirect emissions indicates a win-win situation for climate change mitigation, which means that climate policy with very high shares of BEV represents a no regrets strategy in terms of emissions ( but only if the electricity continues to decarbonize as was assumed in our main scenarios).

Fossil fuel apologists always bark what they want is a level playing field. But they never talk about the massive damage to Earth caused by oil and methane extraction, the trillions in direct and indirect subsidies they receive each year from governments around the world, or the blatant impact of the use of their products on human health. In other words, the last what they want is a level playing field where all the facts are known so that people and governments can make rational decisions.

Put simply, they are lying through their teeth because they want to protect their huge profits, no matter what the cost to society. This is a “face you win, face you lose” strategy designed to throw sand into the cogs of change in order to preserve their business practices that kill the planet for as long as possible. These people should be in prison for crimes against humanity, and not rewarded with a big bonus for destroying Earth.

We ‘ruined the weekend movement’ in Australia

Speaking of crimes against humanity, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his evil gang of underlings are among the worst offenders. According to the conduit, in 2019, ScoMo and his group invented a gigantic lie to counter a Labor Party initiative to support the electric vehicle revolution. They shouted that electric vehicles “ruin the weekend” for many because electric cars have short range and take hours and hours to charge. They also suggested that the EV movement would spell the end of the Utes that Australians depend on for a living. Telling an Australian that the government is coming for their ute is like telling someone in northern Idaho that the government is coming for their bazooka. It’s a visceral appeal that strikes at the heart of his testosterone-fueled concept of what it means to be a man.

Humans are interesting characters, however. Australian EV drivers took Morrison’s words and dismissed them in the face, posting online how their adventures across the country in their EVs have “ruined their weekend” – over and over again. One intrepid EVer even posted that his electric vehicle had “ruined” his entire vacation week as he happily wandered from one vacation destination to another. A “I Ruined the Weekend” Facebook page now has more than 500 members who share their electric car exploits online.

After trekking 1,000 kilometers along the coast of Western Australia in her Tesla Model 3, Katrin Swindell posted,

“Another ruined weekend driving a total of 980 km for an overnight stay in Bremer Bay which was overcast but beautiful. 2 charging stops each way at the Williams Tesla fast charger and the charger at the Katanning Visitor Center which gave us time for brunch / lunch, then a teapot / coffee and a chance to stretch out legs. I can confirm that the battery has better battery life than my bladder 🥺. The total cost of recharging was $ 18 in Katanning, the rest was free. The Bremer Bay Resort offers free Tesla recharge and we always have Tesla recharge credits which we use on the fast chargers.

Jay Smith posted: “Why waste the weekend when you can waste a whole week ?! Great for testing some of the new public EV fast chargers between Mildura and Melbourne last week.Australians have an incredible sense of humor. Perhaps in the next election, they will have the final say on the loathsome Morrison and win him and his entourage in the trash of history to which they belong.

Takeaway meals

It’s sad to think that some short people would actually spend precious time attacking EVs, but it shows that if you pay people enough, they will say anything. The truth is not about these thugs. But if you read CleanTechnica, you have been vaccinated against such a poison. Go ahead! Make known! Driving an electric car is okay, it’s fun, it’s socially responsible, and it’s spreading faster than anyone thought possible ten years ago. Drive electric. Be happy!

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