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Electric Vehicle Myths: #2 EVs Are Not Safe to Drive

For those of you who are environmentally conscious, I am going to start a series about electric vehicle myths.

Myth 2: EVs Are Not Safe to Drive

EVs are actually safer than gas-powered vehicles for two reasons. First, due to their typical battery placement, EVs tend to have lower centers of gravity than gas-powered cars. Having a low center of gravity makes an EV less likely to roll over. This is important because, according to the US Department of Transportation, rollovers have a higher fatality rate than other kinds of crashes. With more weight below you in an EV, you are safer.

Second, a common cause of injury during a head-on collision is the internal-combustion engine being pushed backward into the passenger compartment. The large block of metal has nowhere to go except into your lap.

An EV motor is much smaller and lighter than a gas or diesel engine. This has a few benefits. First, there is less heavy metal to be pushed back into the passenger compartment, causing injury. Second, EV motors are so small that they leave room for the manufacturers to put a trunk, or “frunk,” in the front of the car.

Also, with the smaller electric motor, there is more empty space under the hood. When a crash occurs, that “crumple zone” will absorb much of the impact. The crumple zone acts like a shock absorber.

The United States National Highway Traffic Study tests car models to assess how safe they are. In their forty-nine-year history of testing cars, the Tesla Model 3 is the safest. The Model 3, an EV, has the lowest probability of injury in a crash of any car.

Maybe the Model 3 stands alone in safety among EVs. So what were the second and third safest cars in the study? The Tesla Model S and the Tesla Model X. Tesla swept the top three rankings. Myth busted.


Have there been any Qanon posts since the election?

I can't seem to find any. Did he/they give up? What a joke.

Where's Q?

I have an unhealthy curiosity about finding the identity of Q (#Qanon). Is it some individual prankster or an astroturf group like the Tea Party? I find it pretty funny that Q has gone silent after the election loss. Good NYT article:


Now that a Dem will be in the White House (hopefully), we can probably expect to see a resurgence of the Tea Party complaining about the national debt...

Electric Vehicle Myths: #1 EVs Do Not Have Enough Range to Be Viable

For those of you who are environmentally conscious, I am going to start a series about electric vehicle myths.

Myth 1: EVs Do Not Have Enough Range to Be Viable

Reality: Ten years ago, this was no myth. For example, in 2011, the Nissan LEAF was the first mass-market EV, and it had an effective range of 75 miles. The LEAF now has a range of 226 miles.

The average range of the twenty-two mass-market EVs shipping in North America in 2021 is 284 miles. The average range of a gasoline-powered car is about 275 miles. The myth of limited range is debunked.

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