#StopBurningStuff has been launched to combat negative EV media stories – which are currently at an all-time high. Whether the headline is ‘your electric car will catch fire’ or ‘multi-storey car parks will collapse because of EVs’, the stories are becoming more prevalent, more inaccurate and more ridiculous – and are primarily driven by the desire of publications for more clicks. Gaining more clicks is evidently being prioritised over checking the facts, and over the urgent overriding need to reduce air pollution and combat climate change.
#StopBurningStuff (or Stop BS for short) is a campaign led by the Fully Charged SHOW and FairCharge UK, fronted by Robert Llewellyn (Founder, Fully Charged) and Quentin Willson (Founder, FairCharge). Media looking to run stories about EVs are encouraged to contact #StopBurningStuff to check the facts before publishing, and a spokesperson can be offered for interview. Green Car Guide has been publishing content about electric vehicles for 17 years and is working with #StopBurningStuff to offer accurate content to media.
Many inaccurate stories about EVs in the media are written by people who have never driven an EV. In contrast, Green Car Guide’s editor Paul Clarke has personally reviewed every EV ever on sale in the UK, as well as communicating about environmental and energy issues for over 30 years. Green Car Guide has worked with a wide range of industry partners such as the Zemo Partnership over a long period, for example to aim for consistent terminology about EVs and charging.
Just for the record, here’s a summary of facts about EVs:
• EVs have zero tailpipe emissions. That means that they don’t emit CO2, so helping in the fight against climate change
• EVs don’t emit NOx, helping with local air quality
• EVs are cheaper to run than petrol or diesel cars
• EVs enjoy a number of financial incentives for businesses and fleets, including low Benefit in Kind tax
• EVs have 100% torque available at virtually all times – in most people’s eyes this makes EVs better to drive than petrol or diesel cars – and faster in many cases
• EVs are quieter and more refined to drive than petrol or diesel cars
• A number of surveys have shown that at least 90% of EV drivers – and a higher percentage in some cases – would never go back to a petrol or diesel car
• There’s already a wide selection of EVs, but there are increasing numbers of new makes and models of EVs coming to market
• The driving ranges of EVs are increasing, with many models having a real-world driving range of 300 miles or more
• Most people charge at home or at work, but the UK’s public charging infrastructure is also continually growing
• There are now increasing numbers of second-hand electric cars
• Independent reports show that EVs have a lower whole-life CO2 footprint than petrol and diesel cars
• Batteries are becoming more sustainable
• The UK’s electricity grid is becoming increasingly decarbonised.
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