Vandalism: Psychologist explains: Where does the aversion to electric cars come from? | News

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In recent years, they have been damaged many times by people who have a rather negative attitude towards electric cars. InsideEVs reported only in April about an incident in which a US motorcyclist stopped in a street next to a Tesla Model Y and threw a stone at it. Tesla driver Mitch Zink posted a video from a TeslaCam camera (Teslas Dashcam) documenting the incident on Facebook. However, what happened before or after the stone was thrown can no longer be seen in the video.

And the Mnchner Abendzeitung also reports on an incident where dislike of Stromer may be suspected. According to him, unknown persons were supposed to contaminate the charging station of the municipal facility in Munich with minced meat. The perpetrators are said to have smeared the body in the socket of an electric pump. The body reached the contacts of the plugs, which temporarily turned off the charging station. According to Abendzeitung, utility companies have seen an increase in the number of deliberate damage and even destruction of charging poles. In 15 percent of cases, faults at charging stations can be attributed to vandalism or other external influences.

Where does the aversion to electric cars come from?

“EFahrer” interviewed the psychologist prof. dr. Christian Nicholas. Already in 2016, he conducted an experiment in which he examined prejudices against electric car technology. It has been found that people are most averse to prejudices, and electromobility is no exception. He sees another reason for his reluctance in saying goodbye to internal combustion engines: “There are both: dissatisfaction with electromobility and a fascination with new technology. goodbye to internal combustion engines – let’s not forget: significant inventions in the field of combustion technology originated in Germany: from diesel to Otto engine to Wankel engine. “.

Nevertheless, Claus-Christian explains that in addition to resentment, there is also positive emotionality and a fascination with new technologies. In his opinion, in the next few years, dissatisfaction with electric vehicles will decrease and there will be more objections to internal combustion engines. Hatred is never productive, so debate is already of paramount importance. “Hate, but as it is now, it’s never something that is productive. A healthy quarrel is different. [] On the other hand, debates are good because they exchange different points of view. Mobility is an important and emotional topic, it stimulates a conversation about it, he explained.

How should debates be conducted properly?

The psychologist criticizes that in Germany it was communicated too late that the Federal Republic, as one of the leaders of innovation, cannot choose a path other than consistent work on new innovations. “Much depends on mobility: on the one hand, personal happiness in deciding where and when to go, and on the other hand, work, economic strength, prosperity and future profitability depend on mobility,” says Claus-Christian. If the internal combustion engine market collapses, new and modern concepts must be developed that can open up a large new market. People need to be made clear that electric mobility can be a great opportunity and investment market. In the past, the internal combustion engine also had to stand up to the horse-drawn carriage. Under certain circumstances, electromobility can achieve similar success here.

“We have to be honest about the ups and downs. We have to give preference to long term rather than short term as it is a very long term project. And it must be clear that we are actively overcoming the obstacles that still exist today in the production of such vehicles in order to address the related problems in the long term, e.g. ethical aspects of rare earth extraction, lithium supply bottlenecks, palladium monopolies etc. inspire people, not educate them. the future belongs to those who understand this, ”concludes Claus-Christian.

E. Schmal / Editor of

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