The Koch brothers and their oil industry allies are spreading around lots of misinformation about electric vehicles. Through coordinated efforts to plant op-eds in both Conservative and Beltway media, and through other broad public-facing misinformation campaigns, they are hammering anti-EV talking points over and over and over. Problem is, these talking points are myths.
Those who benefit most from unconstrained consumption of oil and gas claim that EVs are a niche product for the rich, that they don’t really reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and that government shouldn’t be “picking winners.” Without exception, the Koch campaign’s assault on EVs relies on cherry-picked data and arguments that are one-sided, misleading, or just plain wrong.
Fortunately, we have facts to counter the Koch’s EV myths. Click through for more information on each EV fact.
The Economics of Electric Vehicles
- The EV tax credit benefits drivers of all income levels.
- Tax breaks to the oil and gas industry cost taxpayers more than the EV tax credit.
- Electric cars are cheaper to own and operate than comparable gas-powered cars.
- Many EV models available today are cheaper than the average cost of a new car.
The Electric Car Driving Experience
- Electric car ranges are practical for most American households.
- Most EV charging is done at home and public chargers are rapidly spreading.
Environmental Attributes of Electric Vehicles
- Electric cars are better for the climate, no matter how they are charged.
- Over the full life cycle of the vehicle, electric cars are greener.
- Electric car batteries don’t use rare earth metals, but do use the same materials as most consumer electronics…and gas-powered cars.
- Electric car batteries can be recycled.
Plug-In Cars and the Electric Grid: Coming Soon
Other Useful EV Mythbusting
Besides our EV facts above, here are some more resources that debunk some of the myths perpetuated by Big Oil and the Koch network about electric cars.
- InsideEVs: Top 10 Most Common Electric Car Myths Busted
- Undecided With Matt Ferrell: Electric Cars: Myths vs. Facts