Rowan Atkinson has been blamed for “damaging” the reputation of electric vehicles (EVs) and contributing to slow sales.
The Green Alliance left-wing thinktank told peers in the UK House of Lords the actor Rowan Atkinson’s views are “damaging” to the government’s plans for phasing out petrol and diesel vehicles.
The Mr Bean actor was name-checked in the House of Lords during its recent environment and climate change committee meeting.
Green Alliance gave its views on the main obstacles the government faces in its bid to phase out petrol and diesel cars before 2035, and said a comment piece by the actor published in June 2023 was damaging to the cause.
The radical leftie pressure group told peers in a letter that was shared: “One of the most damaging articles was a comment piece written by Rowan Atkinson in The Guardian.
“Unfortunately, fact checks never reach the same breadth of audience as the original false claim, emphasising the need to ensure high editorial standards around the net zero transition,” sniffed their spokesperson.
The 69-year-old actor’s piece was headlined: “I love electric vehicles – and was an early adopter. But increasingly I feel duped.”
Atkinson wrote that EVs were “a bit soulless” and criticised the use of their lithium-ion batteries.
He went on to say, “Increasingly, I’m feeling that our honeymoon with electric cars is coming to an end, and that’s not a bad thing.”
The actor, who described himself as a “car person” having got a degree in electrical and electronic engineering, said he advised friends to “hold fire for now” on EVs unless they have an old diesel vehicle.
The hard-left Guardian newspaper published a response the following week from Simon Evans, deputy editor and senior policy editor of climate news site Carbon Brief, which looked to debunk Atkinson’s claims.
Mr Evans wrote: “Atkinson’s biggest mistake is his failure to recognise that electric vehicles already offer significant global environmental benefits, compared with combustion-engine cars.”
However, other attendees at the committee meeting raised issues such as insufficient numbers of charging points, higher prices on EVs and “a lack of clear and consistent messaging from the government”.
So, who are you going to believe……leftie green groups and media or a qualified engineer who knows about cars and has an IQ reportedly greater than 170, which is at genius level?
That level of intelligence, by the way, makes him superior to the combined IQ of the entire senior management team at The Guardian. 😉
The fact is, EV sales are dropping worldwide for very good practical reasons:
- They are hugely expensive;
- They are a constant nuisance due to the ongoing need to find suitable charging stations and then having to wait for the batteries to get charged;
- They cause ‘range anxiety’, which for some people is quite traumatic, especially when travelling long distances in open country and not knowing if the nearest charging facility is open and readily accessible;
- They are almost totally unsuitable for carrying or pulling extra-heavy loads;
- The lithium-ion batteries can self-ignite when being charged. This is particularly dangerous when charging at home or in an underground parking facility;
- Batteries cost a fortune to replace and only last for about 10 years with the average warranty of just 8 years. Buying a second-hand EV probably means the battery will need to be replaced by the new owner;
- Repair costs can be very expensive, especially if the battery is damaged;
- Insurance costs are increasing – for a combination of the above reasons;
- Resale and trade-in values are decreasing and some dealers won’t even accept them as trade-ins.
And what is the upside to owning an EV. Well, it’s trendy and modern, which is usually enough motivation for the silly early adopters who love to show how ‘cool’ they are.
And, of course, it’s helping to ‘save the planet’. Or is it?
Australia only produces just over 1% of global carbine dioxide (CO2) emissions, which means that nothing we do will make any worthwhile difference to global warming, supposedly caused by such emissions.
So, it’s not about ‘saving the planet’ – it’s about virtue-signalling, “What a wonderful person I am for doing the right thing for our environment.”
Actually, that’s complete nonsense. What these people are really doing is helping Communist China, because it dominates the EV vehicle and lithium-ion battery markets – as is also the case with solar panels and wind turbines.
So, well done EV buyers, you’re helping a country that’s committed to world domination and total military defeat of democratic countries such as Australia!
Thanks to Sky News and Johannes Leak for their contributions to this article.