Electric Cars Myths vs Facts

Electric Cars Myths vs Facts. I dive into some of the most common arguments I hear about why electric vehicles are bad. Things like taking too long to charge, batteries not lasting, not being as clean as you think and being worse for CO2 emissions, and not enough range.

Too long to charge: 0:14
Can’t drive in a blackout: 3:15
Batteries don’t last: 4:07
EVs aren’t as clean as you think: 5:48
Not enough range: 8:55
EVs are too expensive: 10:40
Fire hazard: 13:03
Final thoughts: 14:49

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33 Replies to “Electric Cars Myths vs Facts”

  1. Ron Freund


    Congratulations on making this award winning "EAA Best Educational Video"!

    You deserve huge kudos for smashing the many misconceptions and myths.

    This is just about the best video I have watched. Thank you for advancing the understanding in such clear terms!

    Best wishes!


    Chairman Emeritus

    Electric Auto Association


  2. Paul Smith

    I’m glad cities have their chargers but Evies will never take off if people who live in small town’s have to drive 83 miles to a charger that’s why I drive a gas truck no problem with gas stations

  3. Paul Smith

    There is no charging stations where I live from Tesla or electrify America or PlugShare I live in Covington Virginia there is no charging stations in my town in the surrounding five towns including Roanoke Virginia the nearest one is in Salem Virginia 83 miles from my house

  4. Raghu Vamsi Kodaboina

    What about the economic situtation, no one seems to address this issue. There are a lot of people who are dependent on manufacturing, research and development of ICE vehicle compnents. If EV market is huge and become the only market, then whats going to happen to these engineers and labors. This will be kind of bad to economy. Refer to Netherlands why they are studying EV market under three different categories of which one is economy.

  5. Taruk Mahto


  6. Thomas Powell

    Fact..you have to pay a monthly subscription and use there card in order to charge the car ( no credit cards, and they make sure that pay as you go is extortionate ) forcing you to subscribe. Fact….a full charge can cost up to £12/14, and that amount of money would return 180 miles in a 1.2 puretech gasoline engine, which by the way, is tax exempt. Fact….the estimated range on an electric car can drop to half if you use the heater, etc…fact…..driving an electric car on a motorway at speeds of 70mph, reduces the estimated range to below half, drive at 75/80, and the range drops drastically. Driving a 1.2 puretech gasoline engine at 75mph returns a healthy 70mpg. Do the maths, and research the anxiety suffered by electric car users ( queuing for up to 1hr to use a charger) ( useless motorway speed range return) ( in rural locations, it can be difficult to Locate chargers) ( using the heater, A/C, etc eats into the battery )

  7. ferkemall

    1/ cheaper batteries = bollox Nissan & others just put up their prices 2/ very cheap to run = at the moment but come 2021 when the EU unify the price of energy its going to cheaper to run a diesel ,3 / the price will come down =no by much only just after 2021 because of the cost of charging them , at present i pay 17.44 via EON for a Kwh come 2021 its going through the roof because the EU thinks its unfair UK pay less than the Germans & there is no way out because of the 2 under sea pipe & cable links UK has with the EU ,all thats going to happen here is taxes & charges for diesels /petrol cars will rise to force people over to EVs and the EUs all electric brave new world !

  8. Martin Hoogenraad

    Matt, first excuse for my bad english, i’m Dutch. Thanks for this new video and your other videos. I bought myself a long range dual motor Tesla M3 last de december, 1 of almost 30.000 last Year! because my old Diesel with some 300.000 miles was almost dead and we took the oppertunity to go electric. What a good choice we made, we already have driven 3500 miles now, in Holland and through Europe on longer trips with the fantastic supercharger netwerk. No problem at all and on destination we always charges with wall chargers or normal plug (230V) Slow, but more than enough for the daily drives. I really regret the negative reactions I read from people on publications in Holland about EV'S. It's almost as if you have to fight for the truth, all the negative arguments you mention in this video are spread on Internet in Holland too and as u ou say: they are not true. I really had good intentions buying a Tesla and charging it with my own solar panels. Doing a good investment for the environment. But people see you as bad for the environment, the batteries, the electricity, etc. I think it's all because it's new, people are afraid to lose the save and usual cars, so they come up with fake arguments. It's disappointing but time wil tell the truth. Thanks for the videos, keep up and stay spreading the Word! Martin, Netherlands.

  9. Terry Roth

    My Question is how can a low income family afford to buy a Electric car are banks going to give you a loan. I know some people have bad credit or starting new credit one more thing with a job market that unstable not knowing will have a job tomorrow I see low income families buy used Electric cars with no warranty as right now I know a lady 70 old years with Nissan Leaf that’s need a battery that’s $10.000 you get about $ 2000. a month social Security So young man are you think about your parents that work hard to get to retirement are you going to pick them up go to the Doctor I don’t think so not when you have a family yourself So let’s be a little more realistic

  10. Sandweiler

    Great explanation as usual! Thank you for being clear and neutral in your explanations. I am a 48 year old classic petrolhead, but I am convinced that we have a bright and clean electric future. Still considering to buy a Mustang GT but took a test drive in a M3 LR awd and was amazed. The only thing that stops me from getting a Tesla right now is the looks. Some ICE cars definitely look mean when compared to M3. However the design is growing on me… 🚗
    BTW I live in Europe where gas is much more expensive when compared to the US. Brand new Mustang GT will be 45,000€
    brand new M3 LR will be 56,000€ minus 5000€ from the government (after 7 months of ownership).
    We currently have a BMW 5 series and a BMW 3 series, both ⛽️ diesel (EU taxes are lower than on gas).
    My next car car will be either a dinosaur Mustang Gt before they go extinct, the new BmW 4 series if it does not look like 💩 (please see the concept car to understand my concern) or a Tesla M3 to definitely switch to the future.
    One more thing: with the recent events and upcoming events in the Middle-east driving an EV will certainly be less stressful regarding the energy price, not to mention getting it locally.

  11. junker15

    While I don't ever see myself buying a Tesla Motors vehicle (it's mostly to do with it being TOO minimalistic, slightly less to do with getting the impression that I don't own the car even if I BUY it, and a little to do with feeling like I'm paying for a portion of Elon Musk's Reality Distortion Field), I do see myself owning an EV someday. I'll gladly help hasten the death of fossil fuel, especially as a source for electricity generation.

    What annoys me most about this whole thing is that USA should have started looking at alternative fuels after the Arab oil embargo in 1973. This rapid growth and development in EV technology should have been a 1980s thing, but instead, we had the likes of GM making every effort to convince customers that "you DO NOT WANT AN EV." Executives would admit as much if you could pump sufficient drink into them. It took the likes of Toyota, with their Prius, to get the automotive industry to start taking alternate fuels seriously. My blood boils every time I hear of a car that uses less fossil fuel, but it's only available in California because it's a "compliance car."

    Also, I very much dislike a massive charging network being built with brand discrimination built right in. I shouldn't have to worry about what BRAND of EV I have when I roll up to a rapid-charge point. It's more a disappointment than anything. I hope infrastructure that's agnostic will be built, so every EV can do better than Level 2.

    I'll buy an EV, but I'm most likely going to be stuck with that Level 1 granny charger at home. I suspect a lot of others will have this future ahead of them due to the domino effect that upgrading their electric service entails.

  12. ferkemall

    Own an EV in the south east of the UK last month and if it was not charged up for your trip to work you ended up going to work on a diesel bus because the trains are electric there was big power outage where half the country was without power = an offshore windfarm went down and then took out an onshore power via the overload ,all domestic smart meters were turned off and the supply diverted to government buildings & industry =its called energy management
    Even though the wind farm & the power station were in the same grid area the gov & energy spokesmen said the 2 incidents were not connected .
    If you owned a gas car you just got in turned the key and went to work =it happens !

  13. Mike Campbell

    There are places where having an EV makes sense, many where it doesn't. Another issue is the lack of standards for charging stations. Tesla has rolled out an impressive amount of charging stations where only a Tesla can connect. There are adapters that can be purchased; comparing that to a gasoline car any car can access any gas pump without an adapter. A gasoline or diesel car can be refueled in a few minutes while it takes a much longer time to charge a battery. At a gas station people will wait quite patiently for an available gas pump. Should all of the chargers at a station be in use the next driver would have to wait until one of the other vehicles are charged before they can start charging. I have heard that has caused some people to "pull the plug" on others to plug in their own vehicles. At temperatures lower than -5 degrees Celsius the range for an EV drops in half. Where I was working yesterday the high for the day was -7 degrees Celsius & I anticipate at least one trip this winter where the high will be less than -40.

  14. David Bee

    EXCELLENT discussion! One suggestion that I give to folks who are sitting on the "should I get an EV" fence and worry about long trips is that for the one or two long trips they MAY take in a year, they can simply RENT a gasoline powered car for those rare occasions. If they take long trips EVERY MONTH or more that go beyond an EV's no stop range then perhaps an EV may not fit their needs for now. But I would refer them to your Boston – New York example to examine their true traveling habits. Thanks for the great video!

  15. hdjc86

    Lots of good info here. Home ownership is the biggest barrier to adoption in CA. Pollution for an "average car" in the US would include a lot of trucks and older vehicles in the US. Id like to see the comparison to new cars in the same class. A camry pollutes less than an f150. A hybrid camry probably does better. No one who is shopping for an F150 is looking at a leaf or model 3, but some camry shoppers are

  16. vvlmm

    EVs are a novelty, the only practical advantage is the silent motors, that is if you have any use for a silent car, most people live in urban centers so it's not like they are going to enjoy a silent drive anyway.

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