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Myth busting electric vehicles.

The truth is that electric vehicles—or EVs—are engines of job creation, cost-effective for the consumer, good for the environment and for public health.
Let’s look at some common EV misconceptions to set the record straight.
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Myth: EVs will take away American jobs.

Fact: The EV industry will create millions of robust, good-paying jobs.

If we don’t ensure that those jobs are based in the United States, we will cede this major economic opportunity to our competitors.
In fact, over 250,000 Americans already work in the domestic EV sector. Over the coming decades, the EV industry is expected to create more than two million jobs in the U.S.
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Myth: EVs are luxury cars for the rich.

Fact: Many EVs are now comparably priced to—or even cheaper than—similar gas-powered cars.

EVs costs are decreasing. An EV’s total cost of ownership, including fuel and maintenance, is lower than that of a gas-powered car. The result is that most EVs offer consumers $6,000–$10,000 in lifetime savings compared to gas-powered cars.
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Myth: EVs should not require consumer incentives.

Fact: Consumer incentives enable more Americans to buy EVs.

These incentives, however, are about far more than just the driver or the vehicle. Widespread EV adoption also reduces emissions, decarbonizes the transportation sector, improves our air quality, and boosts public health.
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Myth: EVs are not made in the United States.

Fact: Two of the top three most-American cars are EVs.

Four of the five highest-scoring cars on’s 2023 American-made Index are EVs, and the majority of EVs sold in the United States are American-made.
Across the world, consumers buy more American-made EVs than American-made gas cars. Additional public support will boost this trend further.
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Myth: EVs will leave us overly reliant on foreign supply chains.

Fact: Demand for critical minerals will increase whether or not a single additional EV is produced.

These materials are also used in ordinary personal electronics (like cell phones and laptops) and in national security architecture (like satellites and missile systems).
We have an opportunity to secure a domestic supply chain for critical materials to beat out global competitors and free ourselves from foreign supply chain disruptions. The United States and North America have vast reserves of these critical minerals, and the right policies can ensure that American innovators can process and refine these minerals right here at home.
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Myth: EVs are not environmentally friendly.

Fact: EVs are more environmentally friendly than gas-powered cars in every state, even in states that currently source the majority of their electricity from fossil fuels.

As the U.S. energy grid grows cleaner, EVs will become even more sustainable over time. Over the vehicle’s lifetime, EVs have lower greenhouse gas emissions per mile regardless of how their electricity was sourced from the grid. Achieving 100% EV sales by 2030 and a cleaner grid would prevent $1.3 trillion in health and environmental costs in the coming decades.
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The ZETA Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the Zero Emission Transportation Association focused on educating the public on the environmental and social benefits and opportunities associated with broad EV adoption.