By Don Bennett

Electric vehicles (EVs) are less expensive to operate and own than the now outmoded combustion engine cars. Electricity is cheaper per mile than gasoline, and electric motors are way more efficient at moving you down the road than combustion engines (a motor wastes very little fuel energy as heat, an engine wastes a lot as heat; an engine is only 40% efficient, an electric motor is 95% efficient).

EVs are capable of being much safer than combustion cars... there's no engine under the hood that can be pushed into the passenger compartment in a crash, plus there's all the safety and anti-collision technology that takes advantage of an EV's design.

EVs have far fewer moving parts than gasoline-powered cars, so, less to break and much less maintenance; change only tires and wiper blades, no oil changes, belts, hoses, fuel and oil filters, spark plugs, fuel injectors, timing chain, oxygen sensors, muffler, radiator and transmission fluids, etc. Even brake pads and rotors last a lot longer because electricity generated by the motor helps to slow down the car when you want to slow down.

EVs take 12 seconds to charge: 6 seconds to plug it in when you get home, and 6 seconds to unplug it the following morning... less time than a gas station visit. And if you can't charge at home, there are more and more public charging stations popping up every day.

Just as cell phones now have "Turbo Charge", the modern lithium-ion batteries in EVs can be charged very fast at charging stations equipped with fast chargers, and there are plenty of them. And there are EVs designed from the ground up allowing for large battery packs, so no "range anxiety" on long trips (especially if your EV automaker provides a worldwide charging infrastructure).

The first "horseless carriages" (automobiles) were electric, as early as 1900. Only 60 miles of range, and only went 18 MPH (but there were no highways back then), and they were way easier to start than gasoline cars which had to be cranked (and people broke their wrists and even died doing this, and women couldn't start them, which is why ads for EVs back then were aimed at women). The reason the EV car eventually died and the internal combustion engine gasoline car took off was: 1) Many people's homes didn't have electricity yet, so they couldn't charge an EV, 2) Henry Ford's engineers invented the electric starter, which made starting gasoline cars just as easy as starting an EV, and 3) Gasoline cars had more range (battery technology was in its infancy back then).

A 1901 Waverly EV with its original motor, and it still works

EV technology is now commercially viable, thanks in large part to the kick in the automotive industry's pants by Elon Musk and Tesla Motors. Affordable mass market EVs require economies of scale, and this requires adoption. So when there's a choice between a gas powered car and an EV, and the prices are close, we as tenants of this planet have an obligation to give serious consideration to the environmentally friendlier, non-harmful option. And we get a vehicle that can last a lot longer than a gasoline fueled car.

Oil is not an unlimited resource, so we must transition to sustainable transportation eventually. And because of the changes happening to our climate and the ones that will happen in the near future, it's not a case of "the sooner the better," it's more like "we need to do this now to avoid irreversible catastrophic consequences down the road." I'm not trying to use scare tactics, I'm just dealing with reality. And speaking of reality...

But aren't the emissions still mostly just moved from the road to the coal-fired power plant when switching from a gasoline car to an EV?

A: Let's say you charge your EV at home, and your home gets its power, not from a nuclear or hydroelectric power plant, but from a coal-fired or oil-fired plant. You aren't simply moving the creation of greenhouse gases from the car to the power plant in a 1:1 manner. Here's why...

1. Because of economies of scale, one gigantic power plant serving 1000 electric vehicles can be more efficient than 1000 separate power plants (one in each gasoline powered car). Think about what it would look like if you collected all the tailpipe emissions in a huge bag from a gas fueled car driven 100 miles. Now imagine the additional smoke stack emissions from a power plant that's charging an EV's battery to replace the energy it used for a similar 100 mile drive. The difference is like night and day, for reasons #1 and #2.

2. An average gas powered car can get 24 MPG, but an EV can get four times that in MPGe. So, much less fuel energy required for those 1000 electric cars than for 1000 gas-powered cars driven the same distances, resulting in much less emissions (greenhouse gases and air pollutants). If you use 10 gallons of gas to go somewhere, 8 of those gallons went to waste heat. For an EV, to use the gallons analogy, only 1 out of the 10 gallons went to waste heat. Big difference.

3. The emissions from a power plant can be "scrubbed" to reduce air pollutants and CO2, but this is not possible for those thousands of fossil fuel cars' tailpipes.

4. Petroleum refining plants require lots of electricity to turn crude oil into gasoline. Since this energy production is unnecessary with an EV infrastructure, this needs to figure into a "well-to-wheels" analysis when considering emissions.

5. And remember, coal- and oil-fired plants can have fields of solar panels added to them to reduce the amount of fossil fuels they burn (already being done). And in the future they can be replaced by renewable energy power plants. So your electric car runs cleaner as infrastructure improvements are made!

And if solar panels and an energy storage system are added to a home or business (already being done), an EV can be recharged from the sun, or from other zero emission sources, resulting in a "Zero Zero Emissions Vehicle". And how about that, Tesla has pioneered these too!


"The data show that cars with internal combustion engines were not clean in the past, are not clean today, and will not be clean in the foreseeable future. The auto industry will always find new ways to circumvent tests and optimize results. The only way to ensure cars are truly clean is to accelerate the shift to zero-emission technology and electromobility."

Florent Grelier, Clean Vehicle Engineer, Transport & Environment


Do you see the trend. This is the beginning of the "S curve". As costs of making EVs come down (which results in the retail price coming down), and governments institute EV financial incentives, and as public's awareness of the lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of EVs increases, the curve will become more vertical (faster adoption rate). And if you look carefully at the top graph, you'll see two 10x increases, both about 5 years apart. One more 10x increase, maybe over another 5 years, and that would bring it to 100% adoption. And keep in mind that the biggest contributing factor to the above charts has been Tesla (not GM, Ford, Toyota, etc).


Ten Myths About EVs

It must be understood that there are very powerful industries who hate EVs, because the more EVs that are sold, the less profits these industries make. So they will do everything they can to convince people not to buy an EV, and they are not above distorting facts and lying. And when the oil industry creates a "front" organization with a name like Californians for Balanced Energy Solutions, you wouldn't think the oil industry is behind it. So when this organization that appears to care about the environment says things about EVs that would have you believe that EVs are actually bad for the environment, don't be fooled. And since these industries give lots of money to TV networks, you will likely hear only anti-EV reporting, so don't rely on the mainstream media for any truthful EV info. The fact is, you'll get more honest info from this page and those like it than you will from the corporate news media. (And you also will hear the following falsehoods from people who've been taken in by the lies.)

1. Since some EVs charge using electricity from coal-fired power plants, they just move the same amount of pollution and CO2 emissions from the tailpipes to the smoke stack

False, as mentioned above in the Q&A.

2. EV batteries will need replacing after 3-5 years

False. If you buy a new EV today, odds are the battery pack will last as long as you own the vehicle. Yes, as the pack ages, it will lose some capacity, which translates into some lost range, but only a small amount. And the "healthier" you charge the battery pack, the less capacity it will lose over time, and Tesla EVs do this for you automatically. Do the other EV makers? No. Why? They will make money from replacing your EV battery, and they have a "profits over people" business model. With Tesla, people come first. Refreshing, isn't it!

3. If everyone had EVs, we'd overload the energy grid

False. As EVs increase, the energy needed to refine crude oil into gasoline decreases, and our energy grid's capacity increases thanks to the addition of solar arrays. Plus, when charged at home overnight, EVs use the underutilized capacity of energy generation plants (called "off-peak charging"). Tesla EVs can be set to start charging, not when you plug them in, but when your off-peak rates start (typically around 9-11pm). A report just out shows that power plant profits vs costs for EV charging is very high on the profits side because EVs tend to use the underutilized capacity of the grid because they charge at night (when rates are less expensive). So, some nice revenue for the power utilities that wasn't there before, and without them having to increase their generating capacity... but they are increasing their capacity because some EVs will charge during the daytime. (And utility companies have been planning for the increase in EV adoption for many years, just like they did for window air conditioners when they were first planned.)

4. There's no demand for EVs

False. Yes, when people believe untrue things about EVs, they are understandably wary of them, but when they discover the truth about EVs, and about how some EVs are less expensive to operate and maintain than a comparable gas-powered car, and then they drive an EV, they are won over easily. Happens every day. That's why there are five million Teslas on the roads today (Tesla doesn't do any advertising), and why so many more EVs will be sold as battery costs decline further, reducing the retail price of the car (already happening). So, demand for well-made and affordable EVs will be increasing. But it is true that there is no demand for a $68,000 Cadillac Lyriq EV or an $80,000 Polestar 3 EV, or for the cheaply made EVs from VW and GM. So when these other automakers say "We're slowing our EV production plans because the demand for EVs is sluggish" they mean there's low demand for their EVs. But there is demand for EVs, like the ones made by Tesla (and their sales are increasing).

5. EV's are less reliable than gasoline-powered cars

False. And ridiculous on its face. EVs have no engines, no transmissions, no exhaust systems, no high pressure cooling systems, no belts to break, no fuel filters to clog, no fuel injectors or spark plugs to foul, etc, etc. Let's look at golf carts as a perfect example: There are gasoline-powered golf carts and electric golf carts. They look the same on the outside, and they've both been around for a long time, and it's common knowledge in the golf cart industry that the electric carts are far more reliable than the gasoline-powered carts, requiring far less service and repairs. The same is true for EVs, especially EVs made with very high quality parts, like the Teslas.

6. EVs weigh 30-50% more than gas-powered cars

False. The thought is that this additional weight would cause more damage to bridges and roadways and "who's going to pay for that!" But this is not true: FACT: Tesla Model 3 EV curb weight = 4,065 pounds. BMW 3 Series gas car curb weight = 4,138 pounds. And according to JD Power, the average weight of a gas-powered car in 2022 was 4,094 pounds. Remember, two of the heaviest components of an internal combustion engine vehicle are the engine and transmission, and an EV doesn't have either of these, and its electric motor can be lifted by any reasonably in-shape adult. Yes, an EV has a heavy battery pack, but that weight is countered by the loss of the weight of the engine and transmission (and as battery pack chemistries improve, their weight can improve too).

7. EVs catch on fire too much

False. It only appears that way. Who's responsible for this overblown depiction of EV fires? Those who are charged with spreading FUD about EVs (Fear Uncertainty Doubt), and they do this on behalf of those who stand to lose a lot of money as EV adoption grows. But yes, some EVs catch fire, but this is due to an accident where there is damage to the battery pack, and when this happens there is usually a fire, but no explosion as there can be with gasoline cars, so people easily survive slow-to-start EV fires. And EV fires can also happen because the EV manufacturer bought batteries from the lowest bidder instead of buying the more expensive well engineered batteries, so there have been spontaneous combustion fires that have burned down people's homes. But only a few. And you can bet that this EV manufacturer (and others) learned their lesson. So, let's put things in perspective... there are way more gasoline car fires than EV fires as a percentage of total sales (which is the correct way to look at this issue, not how many fires are given media attention).

8. EVs cost more to fuel than gasoline cars

False. Since electric motors are more energy efficient than gasoline engines, and since electricity per unit of energy costs less than gasoline's, this oil industry disinformation (disinformation because they know it's BS) falls flat.

9. There are not enough auto mechanics to service electric cars

False. And ridiculous. First, EVs don't need as much repair work as fossil fueled vehicles. EVs have no engines, no transmissions, no emissions systems, and a lot more other "no's". And the service they do need, like tires, shock absorbers, and steering linkage joints, can be handled by any mechanic that has worked on gas-powered cars. And the "specialty" work needed on EVs, like their computer system, well, you take the car to the dealer, just as you would any other car (so just make sure the EV manufacturer you buy from has a service center near you). This one is another scare tactic.

10. "I've heard that you can't take an EV through a car wash because water and electricity don't mix."

False. And also ridiculous. Gas-powered cars have lots of electrical wiring and electrical components, and they can go through a car wash. And would an automaker design a car that couldn't go through a car wash? This myth is ridiculous on its face. But it did make me laugh when I heard it. And consider that a Tesla EV has "Car Wash Mode" where you press a button as your car is about to enter the car wash room, and all the windows roll up, the automatic windshield wipers are disabled, the proximity alert chimes are disabled, the charge port door is locked, and the car shifts into Neutral so the car wash mechanism can move the car through. So I guess this feature proves that an EV can go through a car wash.

A screen capture from a Tesla EV


Lies and Negative Comments about EVs

1. "When there is a power outage, EVs can't recharge."

True, but gasoline pumps require electricity to pump, so you can't "fill up" your gasoline-powered car during a power outage. And if your EV is charged, it can recharge your phones, and run some things in your home if the EV has a 120 volt outlet. But if you have a generator at home, you can refuel your EV at home. Can't do that with a gasoline car. And gas stations often run out of gas during natural disasters. Just say'n. (Note: During gasoline shortages in Georgia USA and the UK, Tesla EVs were driving around just fine.)

2. "EVs are demand limited, i.e., there is no demand for them other than the early adopters who love new gadgets."

False. EVs are production limited. As fast as they are made, they are bought... at least the better designed ones like Teslas. When people discover that a Tesla is way better than a Chevy Bolt, Bolt sales went down, but not because there is no demand for EVs. Tesla has more orders than they can fill. And as more people discover the truth about EVs, demand will rise even further (but so will production capacity). Due to the economies-of-scale, as the costs of making them come down, the prices can come down, creating increased sales.

Norway is now at 100% of new car sales being EVs. And in 2023 there was a 10% reduction in gas stations there. As their diesel car fleet ages out, more and more petrol stations will close or convert to EV charging stations. And as petrol stations become harder to find, and as petrol prices rise, this will hasten the transition from the installed base of diesel cars to EVs. So much for the BS "The demand for EVs is softening" narrative. The big question is: Would you rather have a car that gets 28 MPG or 120 MPG? And would you rather have a car whose fuel costs 1/3rd of what gasoline costs? EVs can get the equivalent of 120 MPG, and electricity costs way less than fossil fuels per BTU of energy. Then factor in less parts to break, no brake jobs or oil changes, and the $$$ savings over the life of the car's ownership are obvious. (And which EV maker sells the most EVs in Norway? You know who.)

3. "EVs are only for the affluent."

False. When you factor the sticker price of an EV into the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO, which includes operation and maintenance), an EV is a better deal financially than a gasoline car over the ownership life of the vehicle. And thanks to Tesla, we're now at price parity between gasoline cars and EVs (selling price). At this point, now it's a no-brainer to buy an EV over a gasoline car. But true, when Tesla sold its first EVs, they were $150,000. But they had to do that to raise the capital needed to make their Phase 2 cars that sold for $90,000, and they did that so they could ramp up to make their Phase 3 $35,000-$45,000 cars, and next up is their Phase 4 $24,000 car coming mid 2025. This is the only business model that works. And other EV makers are now following it (or at least trying to). And consider that the average sales price for a new car in the U.S. is $48,000, and Tesla already has two models that are below that (and consider that an EV is less expensive to fuel and maintain than a gas-powered car).

The US average price is for all cars, not just for EVs

4. "There's no charging infrastructure for EVs" / "EVs can't do roadtrips."

False. There are plenty of public charging stations, and Tesla has its own network of charging stations. And more of them are being built all the time to keep up with their increasing EV sales. And unlike a gasoline car, EVs can "fill up" at home and at many work-places. In fact, about 95% of charging is done at home. And Tesla owners have no issues doing long road trips. Other EVs can have issues because of the poor quality of the third-party charging companies, but Tesla is letting other EVs charge at 15,000 of their chargers. So while "range anxiety" was once an issue, it isn't anymore. But it is part of the oil industry narrative.

5. "EVs are just glorified golf carts."

Seriously?! Anyone who has ever driven in one would never say this. In fact, EVs have better technology and are more reliable than gasoline cars... and safer too.

6. "Since EVs are silent, there will be more pedestrians hit by EVs."

First, this possibility is not a reason to not have EVs on the roads. I was taught as a child to look both ways before crossing a street. Do we as a society try to make society as safe as possible? Sure! And replacing all gas powered cars with EVs will make us safer (no street level pollution which causes lots of premature deaths, and less negative climate change impacts), even though there may be more pedestrian deaths due to people not looking both ways before crossing a street. And surely governments can broadcast Public Service Announcements alerting the public to the existence of these very quiet cars, or they can enact regulations that all EVs make some kind of noise at low speeds (already done). And consider that most gasoline cars today are very quiet at low speeds. So this ridiculous oil industry talking-point is not appreciated by rational-thinking people.

7. "EV manufacturing is less green than the manufacturing of Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles."

False. When you take a cradle-to-grave look at the two types of cars, you will find that EVs, on balance, are greener. And as their source of energy gets greener (their recharging electricity), the EV gets even greener (because of power utilities adding renewable energy sources to their production mix). And although some EV makers have a manufacturing process that is less green than ICE vehicle makers, some EV makers have a greener manufacturing process, like Tesla. Note that there is an "environmental payback" with EVs. Now, after 1,000 miles driven, the car is less damaging to the environment than gasoline cars for the remainder of their miles driven (which can be about 500,000 miles if it's a Tesla). And as manufacturing processes improve (as far as their impact on the environment), that 1,000 miles will soon come down.

8. "All EV batteries require mining for the rare earth elements they use, and this mining exploits young children and harms the environment."

False. Cobalt is the material in question, and Tesla's newest battery technology doesn't even use cobalt. And if theirs doesn't, no other EV maker need use it in all their batteries. And unlike gasoline, EV batteries can be recycled back into new batteries. There are already companies doing this. Elon Musk CEO of Tesla estimates that in the future, there will be very little mining of anything needed because of the robust recycling industry. And circulating the "young children" meme was courtesy of the oil industry. Seems they have a lot to lose as more EVs are sold versus fossil fuel cars, so they'll say anything to slow that growth. I'm not saying that such deplorable and exploitative mining practices don't exist; they do, and it's beyond shameful. But those who bring this up don't also mention that there is also responsibly mined cobalt, and Tesla makes sure to source any cobalt they do use from such places. The company pays more for such cobalt, but obviously it's the right thing to do, and that's what Tesla does. Do car companies that are laser-focused on profit do this? I have to wonder. At the annual shareholder meeting, Musk pledged to put cameras at the mines that supply Tesla with any cobalt, with the video feed viewable online.

And as far as mining being bad for the environment; compared to how bad fossil fueled vehicles are for the environment, and how bad crude oil refining (into gasoline) is for the environment, it's no contest. It's a night and day difference. Did you know that cobalt is used by the oil industry to remove sulfur from crude oil when refining it into gasoline? Where are they getting their cobalt from?

The fact is, transitioning to clean energy will mean we no longer have to mine and extract vast quantities of fossil fuels each year, and a clean energy transition will help us and future generations avoid the worst effects of climate change; it will save millions of lives currently lost to air pollution each year; and it will reduce the total amount of environmentally and socially harmful mining each year. So the above statement is simply another attempt to slow the demand for EVs so as to slow the profit loss of some very powerful industries. And quite frankly, if someone is not going to buy an EV because there might be irresponsibly mined cobalt in the battery, then they would have to give up their cellphone and laptop or tablet and not buy anymore gasoline. How about making the "source of cobalt" an EV buying decision, and in that case, Tesla wins.

9. "But a study showed that brakes and tires on EVs release 1,850 times more particle pollution compared to modern tailpipes."

False. Yes, there was a study that concluded that, but there are lots of BS studies about EVs courtesy of the fossil fuel industry, the auto industry, short sellers, and the United Auto Workers Union. Did that study look at EV environmental impact on balance, all things considered? No. They cherry-picked data and misrepresented info. Why? Because if they did the study properly, EVs would win over cars with tailpipes. There are lots of very powerful entities who do not want to see EVs displace gas-powered cars because they will lose lots of money. So they commission "loaded" studies (a study whose conclusion is predetermined) to discredit EVs. I'd like to say that you can easily find the info that debunks these well-publicized studies, but you can't. The Wall Street Journal published that BS study, but will not publish the debunking of that so-called study. The WSJ is very anti EV, and anti Tesla and Elon Musk.


Those automotive industry analysts who go on mainstream financial business shows and knowingly say lies about EVs and Tesla and give disinformation about them should be charged with crimes against the people, and put in prison for at least five years. Why? Tesla is trying to help the world's population by dramatically lowering CO2 emissions and air pollutants, and these so-called analysts are trying to harm Tesla on behalf of short-sellers, Big Auto, the American Automobile Dealers Association, and Big Oil. And the more success they have, the more harm is done to the environment, and therefore to the people. I'd say that they should be ashamed of themselves, but they don't have the capacity to be ashamed of themselves, nor the capacity to care about anyone other than themselves... it's all about money and personal gain... as it is with those above-named entities. You can strike a blow for the people and give a middle finger to those above-named folks by getting an EV. But get one with a high value proposition (the most bang-for-the-buck and highest safety rating).


How lies and misinformation can
affect people's buying decisions

The above lies and misinformation can have an effect on people's buying decisions if those people believe the inaccurate info. Look at the results of these surveys... the results would have been different if there were no lies or misinformation. And consider that the more cars with tailpipes on the road versus EVs, the more air pollutants there are that harm people, and the more CO2 there is that negatively affects the environment's impact on all living things.

An EV survey
eReadiness 2023 Report, by Strategy&, PricewaterhouseCoopers
12,816 participants
EV Owners:      Those people who currently own an EV: 6%
EV Prospects:  Will buy an EV within the next 5 years: 62%
EV Skeptics:      Those people who will not buy an EV: 32%

How many of those 32% who said 'no' to EVs decided this based on the above lies and misinformation? According to the survey, the three key barriers to buying an EV were: charging duration, range, and battery life. All of these have tons of misinformation about them.

This survey was an unbiased survey. Now let's look at one done by an organization that is biased against EVs (you can tell by the title)...

Even if this graph is an accurate representation of those demographics (which it isn't), another way to look at the graph is: 31% of those people ARE considering an EV! Right now in the U.S. only about 8 out of 100 new car sales are EVs, so there's plenty of room for EVs to grow into that 31% market-share shown above. And what do you think the people in those two "not likely" groups will be thinking when the current 8% ramps up to 31% and there are tons of EVs seen everywhere (like in California right now). That's when many of those anti-EV mindsets will change because those folks will eventually discover that many of the things they believed about EVs were false. No one likes being lied to.

What motivated people to buy an EV?
The main reasons

From that above survey...

72%  Fuel economy / cost per mile
63%  Higher reliability of an EV
44%  I can charge at home
36%  Reduced environmental impact
30%  Lower overall maintenance cost
25%  Driving experience
17%  I can charge at my workplace

Note: Oddly "safety" wasn't a choice on that survey. But if it was, and people felt that safety was a high priority, then it's good to know that the safest cars in the world are EVs, and the safest EVs are Teslas.

In another EV survey, the majority of participants said that when choosing among EV models, overall price, safety, and battery range were the key criteria, in that order. (Personally, I'd place safety first, but that's me.) But the good news is that for all those three key criteria, Tesla EVs are in first place... best TCO (total cost of ownership), best battery range (and best ability to charge at public stations), and best in safety. And these "bests" are not opinions; they are facts.


The advantages of an EV
over an ICE vehicle
(ICE = Internal Combustion Engine)

* Far less parts, and more important, far less moving parts. This means lower out-of-warranty repairs. And one EV maker (Tesla) uses very high quality parts which means higher reliability which means even less out-of-warranty repairs for their EVs.

* Less expensive fuel. Per unit of energy, electricity is less expensive than gasoline, largely due to delivery costs. The cost to transport gasoline from the refinery to the gas station is way more per unit of energy than it costs to transport electricity from the generating plant to the home or public charging station (over wires).

* An EV is way more energy efficient. 28 MPG for the average ICE car versus 120 MPGe for some EVs.

* No tailpipe. And this means no pollution from the vehicle. And this equates to improved air quality the more EVs on the road.

* EV fuel can come from the sun. Some people have solar panels on their roof that can charge their EV. And some public EV charging stations (Tesla) have solar panels and battery storage. And as more power companies add solar arrays to the their mix of power supply, the more the sun charges EVs. The sun cannot fuel an ICE car.

* EV batteries are 100% recyclable. There are companies that are already doing this. The minerals in a battery don't get used up as does oil/gasoline.

* If you can charge your EV at home, there are no weekly trips to a gas station. And for those living in apartments, there are public charging stations and the ability to charge at work for some workers.

* As sales of EVs increase and sales of ICE cars decrease, ICE cars become more expensive to manufacture due to the diminishing economies-of-scale, and this can raise the price of ICE cars as the price of EVs goes down due to economies-of-scale. And the price of gasoline will increase as demand falls.

* Because EVs are the cars of the future, they will hold their value better than ICE cars, which will lose value over time. So when selling your car ten years from now, what will the used car market look like? If selling an ICE car, you might not be able to sell it! (already happening in certain countries).


"But cars that drive themselves
will end up killing some people!"

Self-driving cars are coming (actually, they're here). Technology, brilliant engineers, and tons of driving data make this possible. Self-driving cars are safer than human drivers. Why? They can see in 6 different directions simultaneously (which means they never take their eyes off the road), they can't fall asleep, they can't be distracted, they have better night vision than humans, and their reaction time is way better than any human's. And they've already saved lives (about 14,000 Tesla EVs are driving around in the U.S. under computer control, and that would not be allowed if the regulatory agencies deemed them to be unsafe).

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla (an EV manufacturer) was asked about any fatalities that would be caused by a Tesla self-driving car. He said...

"Even if all the Teslas in autonomous driving mode cut auto accident fatalities by 90%, the 10% that were the result of the computer making a mistake, you're still going to be sued. Those 90% that are alive because of the computer doing the driving don't even know they're alive because of it. So even though we'll be sued, it's more important to save those lives ... the reality of doing the right thing matters more than the perception of doing the right thing."

So Musk created autonomous driving software to save lives, not to make profit, as many of the other developers of autonomous driving systems are doing. Motivations matter. And this I think is the main reason to give money to Tesla versus other EV makers when you buy an EV. But this reason never gets discussed when comparing EVs from different manufacturers; range, battery life, features, and options get talked about, but not the motivations of the company that you're going to give a huge amount of money to.

A new car is the second largest purchase most people will ever make. Me? I care who I give that kind of money to. Tesla's mission statement: "Accelerate the adoption of sustainable energy technology." All the legacy automakers' unwritten mission statements: Maximize profits.

What you're seeing in the above photo is the "mind" of the computer. It's what the computer is seeing put into a form that we can recognize when we see it on the dashboard's screen. It shows us that, yes, the computer is seeing the traffic lights. And notice, the computer can see if the cars' brake lights are on. Why can it do this? Because it means something to the computer when a car in front of it hits their brakes, just like it does for us (assuming we're paying attention).

The red car represents the Tesla self-driving car.


The media lies about EVs

This is from a recent article in Car & Driver. Keep in mind that at this time, most EVs have a minimum of 240 miles of range, some reaching 400. The Tesla with the lowest range goes 272 miles.

Why do they lie? Money. Their major advertisers are the legacy auto manufacturers, so Car & Driver (and other such publications) wants to keep them happy, and the legacy auto makers hate EVs and hate Tesla (for forcing them to start making EVs). Legacy automakers want to sell what they've been selling... fossil fuel cars. So they want to keep EV sales as low as possible, so they do their best to talk down EVs, and the media is happy to help.

So don't believe what you read in mainstream media outlets about EVs, because they can't be trusted to do truthful reporting.

Even Consumer Reports Lies about EVs

Consumer Reports (and CBS) gets a lot of advertising dollars from legacy automakers who are losing sales to EV maker Tesla. So to control the narrative, those automakers are all saying that EV demand is slowing. And it is... for their EVs (because people are discovering that a Tesla is a better EV than an EV from those other automakers). So now all the legacy automakers want all EV sales to slow (and hopefully go away), and Consumer Reports is happy to help their advertisers. Ergo, that headline, which is 100% false. One of the "problems" cited by Consumer Reports was the problem of "filling up". EV owners seem to have no problem with that, and now that non-Tesla EVs can use Tesla's public charging network, it's a nothing burger, yet Consumer Reports says it's a "huge problem". The lesson? You can't trust Consumer Reports.


See if you can spot the lie in the screen capture below
(Hint: It's at the bottom)...

Ford and GM both have warned of "slowing EV demand" but Tesla has not. In fact, Tesla's sales are increasing. What "EV demand" is Ford and GM referring to? It's the demand for their EVs. It seems that when people discover how much better Tesla's EVs are, and they hear about the issues with Ford and GM EVs, their sales naturally drop and Tesla's sales increase. But since Tesla gives no ad money to mainstream media (including business media), and since Ford and GM do give lots of money to them, the media will tout Ford and GM's narratives. And Ford and GM want everyone to think that there is no demand for EVs... for anyone's EVs (because they don't want to make them). That's why you see that lie.


Here's an example of a legacy automaker (VW) skimping on the quality of a part to increase the profit margin of an EV while at the same time screwing the customer by pretending to fix the problem, creating an unsafe situation. This is one of the differences between Tesla and all other legacy automakers. Tesla is "people-over-profits" and legacy automakers are "profits-over-people".


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