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Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Fossil-Fuel-Funded CNS Takes Shots At Electric Cars

Given that the Media Research Center, has accepted donations from fossil-fuel interests, it's not really a surprise to see its "news" division,, take lazy shots at electric vehicles. An anonymous CNS writer was first up in an Oct. 4 article:

A new Rasmussen Reports survey revealed that only 25% of American adults believe electric cars are practical.

The survey also found that 52% of Americans think electric cars are not practical, and another 23% said they were not sure. 

Seven years ago, a similar survey found that only 19% of Americans believed electric cars are practical.

The anonymous writer failed to tell readers that Rasmussen polls have a pronouced pro-Republican bias, so maybe its results aren't necessarily the most accurate.

This was followed by an Oct. 12 article by managing editor Michael W. Chapman, who bashed electric cars for not selling well:

In its latest report on the best-selling cars, trucks, and SUVs of 2021, Car and Driver's top ten are gasoline-fueled vehicles. There is not one electric vehicle (EV) on the list.

Some of the top ten cars and trucks are offered as hybrids (electric and gas), but they currently do not out-sell the traditional, internal-combustion-engine-run cars and trucks.

No doubt, electric (and hybrid) car sales are slowly growing. In 2019, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, a total of 700,407 EVs, battery-run, and hybrids were sold in the U.S.  However, in that same year, total used and new car sales totaled 62,107,000. So, the EVs, battery-run, and hybrids made up about 1.12% of U.S. car sales (used and new) that year.

But Chapman is being dishonest here. The Car & Driver list is of the top 25 best-selling cars, not the top 10, and selectively quoting the list allows him to omit the fact that 19th best-selling vehicle in the U.S. is the all-electric Tesla Model Y.

It seems that CNS feels it must be dishonest with its readers in order to protect its funding.

Posted by Terry K. at 9:12 PM EST

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