Now are you talking about Europeans or EV's???
I'm talking about lies, to be blunt. Europe is all about diesel right now by their own doing.
EV's are as clean as the electrons you feed them. Someone in Washington state surrounded by hydro dams is driving a very clean EV.
There is no blanket statement for how clean EV's are. It's by the zip code and you can research what is in your local electric recipe.
They're fairly clean in my neck of the woods too due to our ramping up of natgas. But OOOHHH!
It's fossil fuel! if you can't be perfect you can't be one of the moral high ground sitters. We're far better off here than in Germany where in reality they're ramping up the lignite burning. For the uninitiated, lignite is as dirty as it gets.
This is the part of the conversation that distracts from the fun. People's eyes glaze over. I've watched it happen as I observed others' conversations at NDEW events.
As for the "environmental thing", that's just icing on the cake. And that icing is different by your local grid. Or go solar.
Ice your cake as you like but I may not be into the icing you are.
Then main 'Green Thing' for me is the saving of the green!
I drive for free! If and when this local Gravy Train comes to a stop, I can go back to spending $0.02.5 to $0.03 per mile.
And virtually no routine maintenance
This has already been litigated.
I operate my car for a bit less than before, yes. It's not free and the initial investment in my own infrastructure was a bit of a pill to swallow. But the reward made it worthwhile because of the car I get to drive now. So there's my motive, and a motive for many like me.
As for 'Fun', I'm with you there! Why aren't they advertised like this? They need to promote test drives.
Now we're talking.
Aside: I was looking for GM-Volt folks at the NDEWs I went to. I met none.
I met some really nice people there who couldn't care less about a Volt unless they drove there in one. I may have even sold a Volt to a Prius owner, but the conversation was all about the car and nothing else.