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50 Ways To Slow The Electric Vehicle Revolution — A Complete Idiot’s Guide

50 Ways To Slow The Electric Vehicle Revolution — A Complete Idiot's Guide


Revealed on January sixth, 2019 |
by Zachary Shahan

January sixth, 2019 by Zachary Shahan 

Almost 2½ years in the past, I wrote an article titled “22 Ways To Delay The Electric Car Revolution.” It was massively well-liked and led to quite a few options for extra strategies of delay, so I ended up turning it into an inventory of 50 “tips” for slowing down the electrical automotive revolution.

What has modified since then? Nicely, learn on and see which of those approaches continues to be related. I’m republishing the article as written in the midst of 2016, solely altering the intro.

Let’s say that, for some purpose, you actually don’t need people to drive in cleaner, extra pleasurable, extra thrilling, safer, higher electrical automobiles. How do you go about slowing down the transition? Under are prescriptions for 4 totally different teams (automakers, the media, buyers, and politicians) that would “pitch in and do their part” to delay the transition.

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  1. No matter you do, don’t admit that electrical automobiles can crush gasoline automobiles off the road.
  2. Definitely, don’t produce a totally electrical automotive that places your quickest gasoline automobiles to disgrace.
  3. When the media asks you about electrical automobiles, say that you simply help their improvement and are engaged on them, but in addition declare that they’re too costly, don’t have sufficient vary, and clients don’t need them. (Ignore the truth that that is all principally due to the way you’ve approached electrical automobiles and the merchandise you’ve created.)
  4. When promoting, goal a tiny area of interest group of hippies and don’t concentrate on the higher drive high quality, acceleration, clean experience, or higher comfort (house charging) of your electrical automobiles.
  5. Very critically, don’t work arduous to scale up battery manufacturing, and solely make token child steps (as an indication of “effort”) to roll out or assist roll out quick charging.
  6. For that matter, act like 50 kW DC charging is “fast charging” and don’t contact something over 100 kW for so long as potential.
  7. Give your electrical automobiles three.three kW Degree 2 max charging, quite than far more helpful 10 kW or 20 kW Degree 2 max charging.
  8. If pressured to supply extra electrical automobiles in sure markets, make most of them plug-in hybrids with small batteries that take away from key advantages of EVs (like clean acceleration, not having to go to a fuel station, and so on.).
  9. Actually push the concept the know-how and shoppers aren’t prepared for absolutely electrical automobiles, and that plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) can be necessary transition automobiles for many years to return.
  10. If pressured to promote electrical automobiles in in style automotive markets, inform clients to not purchase them (however attempt to not admit that electrical automobiles would destroy the aggressive benefits and funds of your enterprise, and that’s why you don’t need individuals to purchase the higher product).
  11. Once you construct your PHEVs, make sure to make the engines huge and the motors small — it will assist to make them costlier than mandatory whereas hiding the fee and efficiency advantages of EVs.
  12. Moreover, quite than designing EVs or PHEVs from scratch, simply flip a gasoline mannequin into an EV/PHEV mannequin. This shall be extra difficult and make the mannequin much less interesting than constructing from scratch.
  13. When turning fuel fashions into EV/PHEV fashions, ensure to chop out sufficient space for storing that the automotive turns into impractical for many consumers.
  14. Do not produce EVs within the SUV, CUV, or pickup truck courses. These classes are too well-liked and the operational value advantages in these courses can be too interesting to consumers. Plus, if EVs/PHEVs compete in simply a few classes (just like the compact and subcompact courses), they may take much less enterprise out of your gasoline automobiles.
  15. By the best way, for those who do have a beautiful electrical mannequin, particularly in a category with out EVs, delay its introduction a couple of occasions, and even a number of occasions. Truly, simply align your precise manufacturing plans with the idea “tomorrow never comes,” whereas letting shoppers consider that tomorrow truly means the the next day.
  16. Fake to be the most important electrical automotive fan and maybe even the most important electrical automotive skilled, however unhappy that the know-how simply isn’t prepared for shoppers.
  17. If a totally electrical automotive producer comes together with a aggressive product, act like the corporate is a distinct segment participant that you simply don’t pay any consideration to and criticize any draw back (regardless of how small) of its automobiles.
  18. When a totally electrical automotive firm like this is near producing a mass-market automotive that may eat the lunch of your costlier, performance-oriented fashions, declare that it is just vaporware (even when lots of of individuals have ridden in a prototype and had their minds blown).
  19. In tandem with #eight, declare that it’s completely unimaginable to make a revenue on a aggressive, long-range, engaging electrical automotive in case you are promoting it for $35,000. Don’t make it sound such as you don’t have a clue how to do that, or are mendacity by means of your tooth — be sure you make it appear as if that is utterly inconceivable.
  20. If this new carmaker reveals a particularly engaging mass-market EV mannequin for subsequent yr, and will get ~400,000 pre-orders for the automotive inside a couple of months, announce that you’ll produce a equally nice (or higher) EV. Don’t give a date, or perhaps say in 2020 or so. Don’t give an anticipated worth.
  21. Please, act like hydrogen gasoline cell automobiles are the longer term, not complete crap. Clarify that you’re not doing a lot with battery-electric automobiles since you consider in fairy mud gasoline cells.
  22. Even go as far as to waste cash producing hydrogen gasoline cell automobiles as an alternative of battery-electric automobiles. Any delay tactic is an effective tactic, even when it means losing cash — hey, that’s an much more convincing strategy!

Additionally see: How To Write An Electric Vehicle Vaporware Press Launch


  1. When writing generic tales about electrical automobiles, ignore their on the spot torque (which you’ve in all probability not skilled anyway, so is straightforward to disregard), the comfort of house charging, and the clean and quiet experience they provide. Concentrate on any limitations you possibly can assume up, and body the automobiles as being for individuals who hug timber regularly and don’t care about a lot else.
  2. Spotlight any risks or downsides of batteries and make them sound worse than the risks and drawbacks of extracting and burning fossil fuels. (Additionally ignore that we don’t appear to have any situation utilizing batteries for our computer systems, tablets, telephones, and so forth. Ignore that it’s a lot nicer to have these battery-powered electronics than to run polluting engines on them so as to use them — one thing we will hardly fathom. Moreover, ignore that many EV consumers additionally use solar energy techniques to run their automobiles on daylight.)
  3. Write in a seemingly goal and properly knowledgeable method that lithium provides aren’t enough for numerous electrical automobiles. (Don’t share that you’re speaking about present market provides somewhat than truly obtainable lithium assets.)
  4. Ignore that we will reuse batteries for stationary storage and/or recycle the overwhelming majority of what’s inside them.
  5. Declare that EV batteries will must be changed each 2–three years. When it turns into apparent that’s incorrect, change the timeline to five–6 years.
  6. If an electrical automotive firm pops onto the scene, cowl the methods by which it might go bankrupt. (Cherry decide should you should.)
  7. If something ever goes improper with certainly one of this firm’s electrical automobiles, blow the issue utterly out of proportion. (For instance, if a single automotive catches hearth, write a collection of articles about this with out mentioning that it’s 5x extra widespread for a gasoline automotive to catch on hearth … and that the hearth in a gasoline automotive is more durable to include, is much less more likely to let the driving force out unhurt, and is thus extra harmful. Ignore that the driving force whose automotive caught hearth instantly stated he needs one other one of many similar mannequin and is grateful for the industry-leading security measures of this electrical automotive.)
  8. If the electrical carmaker decides to steer in different areas as properly, painting the management as dangerous, reckless, and irresponsible. (For instance, if it has probably the most superior autonomous driving system on the planet, which has a number of occasions been proven to stop an accident, go completely ballistic if 1 individual is killed whereas this autonomous driving system is on. Ignore statistics displaying that the speed of dying amongst drivers not utilizing, let’s say, “Autopilot” is larger than the speed of dying amongst drivers utilizing it.)
  9. When writing about an electrical carmaker’s financials and inventory, obsess over short-term internet losses whereas ignoring the cash being put into progress and ludicrously quick improvement of core aggressive benefits.
  10. Hastily, grow to be involved about subsidies — write lengthy, out-of-context, deceptive articles a few small portion of subsidies that go towards electrical automobiles or electrical carmakers whereas ignoring the trillions of dollars in subsidies that go towards fossil fuels yearly. (Ensure it seems to be such as you’ve objectively and punctiliously crunched the numbers — particularly when you haven’t.)
  11. Ignore the monetary, well being, and livability menace of international warming at all prices.
  12. Should you are going to skip that suggestion and write concerning the local weather, make it appear like electrical automobiles (regardless of having no direct tailpipe emissions) are literally dirtier than gasoline automobiles as a result of there are coal energy crops on the grid. Ignore that renewable power dominates new energy capability (99% in Q1 2016 in USA), that electrical automobiles are already greener than Toyota Prii virtually in all places anyway, and that electrification of transport is a essential aspect of any plan to maintain warming under 2° Celsius (not that your readers/viewers know why that’s necessary).


  1. Assuming an electrical carmaker tries to enter the scene, mock it for less than producing a small variety of handmade, costly sports activities automobiles. Brief the inventory.
  2. If this carmaker grows up a bit, concentrate on any rising pains and predict its pending doom — perhaps even throw in a countdown clock to chapter/dying. Brief the inventory.
  3. If the carmaker is persistent and produces a class-leading — even industry-leading … in all of historical past — product, in accordance with each reviewers and clients, don’t thoughts the hype and begin calling everybody who writes constructive issues concerning the firm a fanboy or fangirl. Brief the inventory.
  4. If the carmaker gained’t cease rising, and pumps quite a lot of money into quicker progress, act like it’s going to run out of cash tomorrow, collapse, and depart a crater the dimensions of Texas as an almost everlasting scar on the planet. Brief the inventory.
  5. If the corporate decides to increase into complementary industries, painting that as reckless, a recipe for chapter, pointless, and idiotic. Ignore that prime photo voltaic industry pioneers and execs declare it’s an ideal concept. Brief the inventory.
  6. If the corporate has to implement a resale worth assure with a purpose to acquire aggressive financing choices for its clients, and GAAP accounting has a warped method of recording that which makes primarily no sense to the funds or viability of the enterprise, argue that utilizing non-GAAP financing to repair the issue is a slick method of tricking, robbing, and pillaging buyers earlier than an inevitable chapter. Brief the inventory.
  7. If this 100% electrical automotive firm additionally provides distinctive options to its automobiles (like routinely opening doorways, falcon-wing doorways, and so on.), declare that your complete firm, together with its inventory worth, is constructed on gimmicks. Brief the inventory.
  8. Even when this automotive firm truly has the very best gross revenue margins per automotive within the industry, however is rising very quick and investing some huge cash into that progress, merely divide the variety of automobiles produced by all expenditures as a way to declare that the corporate “loses money on every car sold.” Brief the inventory.
  9. Act as if in case you have utterly crunched the numbers and decided that a idea electrical automotive that this electrical automotive firm is planning to promote prices rather more to construct than the promoting worth. Declare that the batteries alone value as a lot because the promoting worth of the automotive — and check out to not let firm executives get on the identical name with you and inform you that your battery value assumptions are utterly absurd by sharing the precise battery value.
  10. If issues are actually going too nicely for this electrical automotive firm, declare that the CEO is mendacity about every part, committing felonies (making comparisons to Scrushy, Madoff, and Enron may help with this technique), and will be throw right into a jail on the moon Mars as punishment.


  1. When discussing EV subsidies, ignore the large subsidies that go to grease and which have gone to grease for many years and many years.
  2. When discussing subsidies, utterly ignore externalities — that are a type of subsidy and price us trillions and trillions of dollars.
  3. Hype hydrogen as the way forward for automobiles and as a cause to not help battery-electric automobiles. (This technique can be utilized for many years if approached and deliberate rigorously.)
  4. Give much more cash to hydrogen gasoline cell automobiles and infrastructure than to battery-electric automobiles and infrastructure, with a purpose to extra shortly and uselessly drain the federal government piggy financial institution for cleaner automobiles.
  5. Do not mandate that automakers produce electrical automobiles, or in case you do, ensure that to water down the laws sufficient that automakers can leap by way of some loopholes to get across the requirement.
  6. Fake that CO2 is sweet for us and crops can’t get sufficient of this delicious meals (type of like people can’t eat an excessive amount of sugar). Declare that we should always truly subsidize gasoline automobiles extra.

If all the above fails, perhaps it’s time to discover a new job….

Picture Credit score: Kyle Subject | CleanTechnica (CC BY-SA



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Zachary Shahan Zach is tryin’ to assist society assist itself (and different species). He spends most of his time right here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He is additionally the president of Essential Media and the director/founding father of EV Obsession and Photo voltaic Love. Zach is acknowledged globally as an electrical car, photo voltaic power, and power storage professional. He has introduced about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada.

Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of overlaying photo voltaic and EVs, he merely has lots of religion in these specific corporations and seems like they’re good cleantech corporations to spend money on. However he gives no skilled funding recommendation and would slightly not be liable for you dropping cash, so do not leap to conclusions.

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