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12 Myths About Electric Vehicles

MYTH: There isn’t enough lithium in the world to make all the new batteries
FACT: Even in a worst-case scenario of zero battery recycling, aggressive EV sales, no new mining methods or sites, existing lithium stores will be sufficient for projected EV production for the next 75 years. See an analysis at Also, lithium comes from many countries (24 percent is found in the United States), so we won’t be dependent on any one global region.

MYTH: Lithium batteries are dangerous and can explode.
FACT: Among the many kinds of lithium-ion batteries, lithium-cobalt batteries found in consumer electronics can pose a fire risk in certain circumstances. These risks can be mitigated by the use of advanced-battery management systems and careful design that prevents “thermal runaway.” Most plug-in vehicle makers are working with other battery types (such as lithium-iron-phosphate and lithium-manganese) which have inherent safety advantages and provide more years of service.

MYTH: Most of us will still be driving gas cars through 2050.
FACT: Several irrefutable factors are driving the shift from gasoline to plug-in vehicles: ever-toughening federal fuel economy standards and state caps on greenhouse gas emissions; projected price hikes for petroleum products as demand increases and supply flattens or drops; broad agreement over the need for America to reduce its reliance on petroleum for economic and national security reasons; and climate change, which is occurring faster than previously thought, according to the journal Science and others.



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Dave Chameides

Dave Chameides is a filmmaker and environmental educator. His website and newsletter are designed to inspire thought and dialogue on environmental solutions and revolve around the idea that no one can do everything, but everyone can do something. "Give people the facts, and they'll choose to do the right thing."


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9:51AM PDT on Oct 19, 2011

great information here, thanks

5:13PM PDT on May 29, 2011

Good infomation, thank you.

7:52AM PDT on Apr 15, 2011

Very informative at a time I'm seeking information. Thank you.

11:01PM PST on Feb 17, 2011

saved, shared,

7:02AM PST on Jan 7, 2011

How about this one: FACT: The electric vehicles cannot be manufactured in any feasible way without light electric motors that are only possible because their manufacture depends on the use of rare earth metals (with exotic names like Neodymium) which are difficult to locate in mineable quantities. Right now, China is the only major source of these, and they are limiting export of such metals. This will limit the number of new electric vehicles that can be made, or possibly allow China to monopolize the market for such vehicles at some point in the future.

Anyone want to debunk that "myth" for me?

6:21AM PST on Jan 7, 2011

Thank you for the good information!

11:18AM PDT on Apr 20, 2010

Here in B.C., as you go further north into the province, one will see EVERY parking-lot has a post for each parking-spot..this is for the winter, which usually gets to around 20 below freezing or more..and the post is an electrical outlet for plugging in your vehicles' electric coil placed inside the engine to keep the water from freezing while at least in those areas, the infrastructure for electric plug-ins is already in place..We get most of our power from hydro-electric, which of course ruins the land by damming rivers and flooding pristine I too am of course in favour of a better renewable resource like solar or wind power, but at least in these particular towns/cities..there would be no problem of keeping the batteries re-charged...and we have had battery-recyclers here for as long as i have been alive,(car battery recyclers pay from 5 to 20 dollars each for the scrap) so no...the old dead batteries would not end up in a landfill somewhere up here.

5:00AM PDT on Apr 5, 2010

thank you

8:34PM PST on Mar 8, 2010

Good info!

8:30PM PST on Feb 27, 2010

Im 14 at the time and for my first car I am planning to get a EV. The cost will drop quite a bit by the time Im ready for driving so Ill be off to a good start! Plus no need to ask my parents for gas money :)

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