EPA Electric Vehicle Myths

By Paul Gipe

I’ve written before about the myth that EVs emit more air pollution than gassers. If you’ve worked in the automotive industry, or studied air pollution from vehicles (I have), this is a no brainer. My typical response is to roll my eyes.

Most of the pollution from a conventionally-fueled vehicle is from burning the fuel. Duh.

Still, the FUD industry—that’s Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt for those not familiar with the antics of the fossil fuel industry—keeps the myth circulating on social media.

So, don’t take my word for it. Here’s an authoritative source that says such a myth—and others—are bogus, the US Environmental Protection Agency. See EPA Electric Vehicle Myths.

Here’s the EPA’s chart on total GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions from your typical gasser and that from an 300-mile range EV, including the EV’s battery. And if you don’t know, that’s a big battery to give that kind of range.