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Fox, Where’s Your Head on Electric Vehicles?

Electric Vehicles vs Fox News?
Electric Vehicles vs Fox News?

If you’ve followed Fox’s relationship with electric vehicles for any length of time, you’d note a decisive, head-in-the-ground pattern, which is perpetuated in a recent segment on Fox Business.

Lauren Fix, “The Car Coach,” is a regular contributor to Fox Business, and apparently has no love for, or actual knowledge of, electric vehicles, or anything remotely efficient, for that matter. True, finding an electric vehicle charging station in New York, New York, will likely be a difficult proposition. Are you going to drop an extension cord from your apartment window? That’s why carsharing, even electric vehicle carsharing, is such a great idea. What gets me, however, is how Fix blows out of proportion the negatives and ignores the positives.

According to Fix, electric vehicles lose up to 50% of their range in winter, which is interesting, considering how popular the Tesla Model S is in Norway, where the average winter temperature is 24°F (-4.4°C). According to FleetCarma, in the worst-case scenario, heat cranked in a electric vehicle stored outside in Canada in winter, only experienced a 30% drop in available range. Again, worst-case scenario, and how often do we get those conditions in the United States? True, electric vehicle need adjustments on the part of the driver, but a 50% drop in range is simply untrue. Another new electric vehicle myth that Fix perpetuates in this story is their poor resale value that Kelley Blue Book generated.

Was Fix collaborating with Broder on this story? Where does all this pessimism for electric vehicles come from? Should we even be paying attention to Fox? Apple’s late CEO Steve Jobs once told News Corp (which owns Fox) CEO Rupert Murdoch, “You’re blowing it with Fox News. The axis today is not liberal and conservative, the axis is constructive-destructive, and you’ve cast your lot with the destructive people. Fox has become an incredibly destructive force in our society. You can be better, and this is going to be your legacy if you’re not careful.”

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