Myths about EVs: Moving Emissions Upstream

We all love a good myth. I’m sure many of us have been told ‘cracking your knuckles will give you arthritis’ or ‘going out with wet hair will cause you to catch a cold’. So it’s unsurprising that when I’ve come up against opposition, this is usually based on various myths. Since beginning this journey towards a zero emission taxi fleet I have had to become fairly adept at fielding questions about the suitability of electric vehicles. There are a number of questions that come up repeatedly so I thought I would share with you, my now well rehearsed answers. Over the coming weeks I will deal with the most common myths that I have come across about electric cars.

 

First up, a surprisingly common myth: electric cars do not improve air quality but merely move the emissions from the exhaust pipe to the power station. I’d like to point out three key factors to negate this. The first is that all of Electric Blue’s vehicles are powered by energy generated by wind and solar (many of the rapid chargers installed at service stations are also powered by clean energy). This means that there are no emissions created by running an electric car.

 

The next point is that although our national grid does draw power from gas, coal and nuclear, eventually we will have to (and absolutely should) transition to a 100% renewable energy mix. Gas, nuclear and biomass are not renewable energy sources, despite what some sources may say!

 

Finally, even if we left the energy mix exactly as it is, we would still be better off. This is quite simply because most power stations are not in densely populated areas. So although our emissions may not change, they would be removed from where most of us live. In fact, emissions would probably decrease, as electric cars are more efficient than their internal combustion counterparts and power stations are more efficient than petrol/diesel engines.

 

According to the Government around 29,000 people die each year in the UK due to poor air quality, and our life expectancy is reduced by around 6 months. Given that transport accounts for around 20-25% of those harmful emissions, switching to electric would not only save lives but would save our economy a small fortune - estimated at £16bn per year!

 

Finally, it is worth noting that there is a growing body of evidence that shows a link between traffic noise and increased prevalence of heart attacks and strokes. In fact according to the Government noise pollution is estimated to cost our economy between £7-£10bn!

 

Electric cars on the other hand are quiet AND emission free!



 

More information can be found on one gov.uk by clicking on the link below

https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/protecting-and-enhancing-our-urban-and-natural-environment-to-improve-public-health-and-wellbeing

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