"Having to write a story debunking a Guardian
opinion piece full of
inaccurate tropes on electric vehicles written by the creator of the TV
character Mr Bean was not on my 2023 bingo card.
In his recent op-ed, comedian Rowan Atkinson says he feels “duped” by electric
vehicles and claims there are environmental reasons to hang on to your old
polluting petrol car rather than upgrade to an electric vehicle. He also makes
wildly inaccurate claims about the future of hydrogen and synthetic fuels.
Atkinson portrays himself as an “early adopter” of EVs. But he is not your
typical car owner. According to The Richest
, he owns a $15 million ICE car
collection including a $670,000 1986 Aston Martin V8 Zagato and a 1997 Mclaren
F1 valued at $12 million.
Why the Guardian
is publishing the thought bubbles about EVs by a former
comedian known as a “petrol head” is difficult to understand, apart from its
desire to generate clicks. The media outlet still takes advertising money from
petrol and diesel car makers."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics