Top 5 Electric Car Myths
Common misconceptions about gas-free vehicles
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 29, 2010 7:18 PM CST
In this Sept. 16, 2008 file photo, the Chevrolet Volt is unveiled at a General Motors centennial celebration in Detroit.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

(Newser) – The release of the GM Volt and Nissan Leaf are likely a watershed moment for electric cars, but for those not convinced, Mother Jones has compiled 8 myths about the electric revolution:

  1. Car charging will overload the power grid. The first generation of charging stations will be built with the overall system in mind: many chargers will only work during off-peak hours, making the grid more efficient overall.
  2. My electric bill will be huge. Yes, it will be more, but you'll save, too. If you drive a battery-powered car 12,000 miles a year, you'll pay $27 more on electricity, but save $97 on gas.

  1. Expanded use of electricity means more coal pollution. Even if you assume that all of an electric car's juice comes from coal, the total emissions are still 35%-60% lower than those of a gas-powered car.
  2. Electric cars failed in the '90s, and won't do any better in the '10s. A growing push to do something about climate change and energy independence, greatly improved technology, and backing from the auto industry make full adoption in the next decade more than likely.
  3. The cars handle terribly. Recent reviews beg to differ: Car and Driver said the GM Volt drives "surprisingly well, with a reassuringly steady suspension, " while the Nissan Leaf is noted for its smooth ride in stop-and-go-traffic.
Check out Mother Jones for the remaining points.