The photo is from a news article about electric vehicles, but the claim in the social media post is inaccurate.
HOUSTON – Our VERIFY team checks out a Facebook meme of an electric car being charged at a diesel charging station. He claims it takes 36 gallons of fuel to load the car. But is it true?
The photo appears to show an electric car plugged into a diesel-powered power plant. He says, âIt takes 12 gallons per hour to run the generator and three hours to charge the car. The car can then travel 200 miles. That’s 5.6 miles per gallon.
A post has been shared tens of thousands of times.
Chris wrote to the VERIFY team, âIs this meme true? “
We have three sources for this. Daniel Cohan, associate professor of environmental engineering at Rice University, Kara kockelman, professor of transportation engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, and the conduit, an electric vehicle news site in Australia.
âWhat a stupid way to charge your car. You know, diesel generators are for emergency backup, providing electricity, you know, to turn the lights back on when the power isn’t on. But no one would ever want to charge their car with a diesel generator, âCohan said.
The photo used in the meme is from an article written earlier this year in The Driven. According to the article, this particular photo was taken by a retired engineer in 2018 to test whether diesel charging was a viable option … to ensure that there were charging devices available in locations far from the outback.
Kockelman says a charging pod like this wouldn’t be effective in the US
As for the claim that the electric car in the photo travels 5.6 miles per gallon, Kockelman says that’s not true.
âI’ve had a few electrical engineers look at this and we’re getting close to 40 to 60 miles per gallon for this vehicle with a typical generator. So you would have to have a really poor, poorly connected generator to get something as low as the meme suggested, âKockelman said.
So we can CHECK that the statement made in this meme is false.
Our experts say that using a diesel charging station to power an electric vehicle is like driving a diesel vehicle. It defeats the goal of going green.