electric cars, pollution and misinformation

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Posted on December 17, 2018December 17, 2018 by Rudolf Beger MISINFORMATION IN COMMUNICATION: “The False Clean Electric-Car Promise” by Rudolf Beger In my book“Present-Day Corporate Communication” (www.public-relations-pro.com),I discuss in some detail how to manage untrue information such a…

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Posted on December 17, 2018December 17, 2018 by Rudolf Beger MISINFORMATION IN COMMUNICATION: “The False Clean Electric-Car Promise” by Rudolf Beger In my book“Present-Day Corporate Communication” (www.public-relations-pro.com),I discuss in some detail how to manage untrue information such a…

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«(…) The e-car issue is a model case for wide spread misinformation to which the public, governments, policy- and lawmakers and the media are subjected. In fact, the e-car and e-mobility have an image problem, which should be of interest – not only to communication practitioners, but also to other interested parties, in particular governments:

Governments because they may introduce policies, that will point into the wrong direction,
Communication practitioners because they can learn from this particular (alternative) case.
The case is particular, because in this case, and different to common experience in corporate communication, not a good image needs to be developed or defended, but an image must be corrected, which is simply too good. The German Federal Motor Transport Authority has made a statement which best describes the prevailing good reputation of e-mobility in public, with governments and large parts of the media. The agency has officially said that purely electrically powered cars do not emit any carbon dioxide. That is untrue or even worst it is a political fiction. No serious life cycle assessment supports the information that electric vehicles are climate-neutral.

DISINFORMATION OR MISINFORMATION

There are no indications that this is a disinformation. Disinformation is commonly defined as untrue communication, which is purposefully spread (for example by deliberately creating rumours or for political reasons). Typically,disinformation is represented as truth in order to influence public opinion or obscure the truth to serve the perpetrator’s (hidden) purpose. In this case, however, one has to assume that we have to deal with misinformation. Like disinformation, misinformation is also false, but it is presented as truth only because the communicator does not have the facts straight and,probably unwillingly, creates an alternative truth (To learn more about untrue information,please read Rudolf Beger’s new guidebook on “Present-Day Corporate Communication”, www.public-relations-pro.com).

Those who assume that e-cars do not produce any emissions almost always make the same mistake to assume that the e-vehicle is exclusively fuelled with clean electricity, i.e. electricity produced from renewable sources such as wind, solar, or water. Those people who fuel the erroneously good reputation of e-mobility, have probably never asked where the energy used to propel e-cars is coming from. Contrary to widespread popular belief, electricity does not come from the plug. It is typically produced in a power plant. Fact is that most power plants all over the world are mainly coal and gas-fired. The climate impact of these plants is only reduced, not eliminated, by wind turbines, solar parks and other alternatives. Nuclear power plants are clean in terms of carbon dioxide emissions but have there own set of problems. This fact means that e-mobility may make air in the cities and conurbations cleaner but moves pollution from the city to distant power plants. For the world climate, it does not make any difference where the CO2 is produced as long as it is produced somewhere, it will have its negative impact on our climate and health.(…)»

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