Are Journalists Out to Kill the Electric Car?

Nick Kurczewski reviews a string of negative media reports that appear to have a single underlying theme: disparage electric car technology, even if you have to stage it.

Published: 10-Mar-2013

A Nissan LEAF came within 0.8 miles of making a round-trip voyage from Manhattan to Jones Beach park. The Wall Street Journal writer compared the Nissan breaking down to the "last mile" walk from death row to the execution chamber.

It’s not polite to talk about politics or religion amongst unfamiliar company. Judging from recent controversies and, in some instances, protracted legal battles, you might add discussing the pros and cons of electric vehicles to this list. The debate concerning the practicality of electric vehicles has spread like wildfire across the web, from the pages of The New York Times to across the Atlantic Ocean, where a BBC film crew was accused of scripting the ‘breakdown’ of two electric sports cars. Photos and video of EVs being pushed or towed to only add extra fuel to the argument. Are electric vehicles simply not ready for the type of real-world testing conducted by journalists? Or are the vehicles being misrepresented and, in some cases, purposefully misused in the hope of generating a scoop? Here’s a look at some of the most memorable, and contentious, journalist-meets-EV misadventures.

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Bruce Sargent charges Nissan LEAF in Central Point, Oregon. Photo credit: AP

The stations go from the California border north to the Oregon city of Cottage Grove.

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