From: MARK BENSON, Electric Forum, More from this Affiliate
Published September 13, 2015 07:46 AM

Why are some people so negative about electric cars?

Sometimes it is good to take stock, sit back and take a look at the wider picture in relation to the electric car market. Each day seems to bring yet another raft of criticism, concerns and cheap shots at an industry which has come on in leaps and bounds over the last decade. While where we are today is certainly some way from the finish line there is no doubt that amazing progress has been made with the likes of Tesla pushing the industry to new highs.

So, why are people so negative about electric cars and unable or unwilling to appreciate the technology which it has created?

Media influence

For many years now the media has been disparaging of electric cars and the industry as a whole with many suggesting that the oil companies may be pulling some strings behind the scenes. We only need to look at the EV1 debacle to see the rumours, counter rumours and blatant untruths peddled about this particular vehicle. Indeed more than a decade after each individual EV1 was recalled and crushed we still have no answers about why what appeared to be a successful vehicle was suddenly withdrawn and destroyed.

Journey anxiety

Those of you who have looked at the electric car market will have come across the term journey anxiety on numerous occasions. This is basically concern that an individual driving an electric vehicle would not be able to get from A to B due to a lack of recharging stations. It would be wrong to suggest this is not a concern, indeed the industry is highlighted this as a major target going forward, but what is the opinion of those who actually drive electric vehicles?

Tesla Model S charging image credit R. Greenway, ENN.

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