Social media can be very challenging day after day, handy for staying in touch with distant friends and relatives but an often a battlefield of mistruths, aggravation and division.
Like many other discussion topics, a mention of Electric Vehicles brings out a vast amount of opinions for and against, you have three main choices to deal with it:
- 1. Delete all forms of social media and live happily ever after.
- 2. Scroll fast without reading the article or any comments.
- 3. I highly suggest you take up one of the first 2 options but if you want to engage please read the following:
There are two main types providing negative comments against EVs, those that just don’t know any better and are just repeating information they’ve seen/heard elsewhere without fact checking and those that know full well the information they’re providing is misleading/false. The second type are generally repeat offenders as they have skin in the game so to speak.
- Only engage if you feel it’s absolutely necessary, if someone comments “I’ll stick to my V8 thanks” leave it be.
- Have quality Australian based articles on EVs ready to go and provide the link when necessary.
- Keep your comments polite no matter how abusive others become.
- Keep in mind your comment/answer is aimed at the fence sitters more than the EV naysayer.
- Provide evidence based facts not opinion.
- For some responses a photo is worth a thousand words.
- Mention your “EV” rather than your Tesla, being generic keeps prevents the discussion being side-tracked.
- Be ready for the goalposts to be moved, when they are your comment has hit its target.
- Avoid climate change discussion, many on social media only care about themselves.
- Discuss energy independence, fuel and servicing savings, safety, performance, convenience.
The 21st Century is a world of self interest, tell them what they want to hear.