Last week we ran a piece by Rowan Atkinson casting doubt on the environmental benefits of electric vehicles. Here Simon Evans of Carbon Brief offers his response
a widely shared comment piece for the Guardian
, comedian Rowan Atkinson said he felt “duped” by the green claims about electric vehicles (EVs).
In support of his contention, however, Atkinson repeats a series of repeatedly debunked talking points, often used by those seeking to delay action on the climate crisis.
He says EV batteries only last “about 10 years”. Yet “most modern lithium-ion units are likely to last the lifetime of the car”, according to
. Tesla’s batteries are “
designed to outlast the vehicle
He complains that new cars are only kept for three years before being sold. Yet he does not reference the
, and the fact that British people are keeping their cars for
longer than ever
He claims that it is better to keep running old petrol cars than to replace them with EVs. Yet a new EV would start benefiting the climate in
less than four years
, relative to an old combustion engine.
lithium-ion batteries contain rare earth elements.
They do not