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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

A photo showing thousands of electric cars abandoned in an empty lot has been circulating widely on social media, garnering tens of thousands of shares since July 6. However, contrary to the claims made in some of the posts, the cars in these images aren't from an electric car sharing service in Paris.

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...The cars weren't even abandoned in France. ...

The photo, which shows several hundred small white cars in an overgrown field, has been shared as many as 15 thousand times on Facebook, not to mention Twitter. The post, in French, includes a sarcastic caption that reads, "Turns out, it's true that electric cars are good for the environment ... look, they are growing in a field!".

There is little context shared with these posts, which underline the irony of a bunch of electric cars being dumped in a field" even though electric cars are supposed to be better for the environment.

Several social media users said that the photo was taken in France and showed out-of-commission vehicles used by Autolib, an electric car sharing program that operated in Paris and its environs until 2018.

"This is in Romorantin, those are Autolib cars from Paris, cars from Bollor, [Paris Mayor] Anne Hidalgo's pal" reads one post, in French.

"Go to Romorantin, there is a junkyard with all the Bollor cars belonging to the city of Paris," reads another.

Shared more than 4,600 times, the following tweet, in English, mentions "electric cars belonging to the city of Paris". ...

There are several clues we found that help us identify where this photo was taken.....




#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-07-19 12:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Full headline "in France".

That photo definitely shows a massive electric car graveyard. It's Microcity's graveyard in China.

#2 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-07-19 01:26 PM | Reply

@#2 ... It's Microcity's graveyard in China. ...

Yup, as the article notes, "The remains of Microcity, a failed electric car sharing project in Hangzhou, China." which is a far cry from how it is portrayed on social media.

That's why I posted the article, less about the graveyard itself, but more about the gullibility of those who believe everything they see on their social media feed. Especially social media feeds that are within their ~confirmation bubble.~

I've had discussions with a person who pretty much believes that anything that is retweeted (or re-posted or...) more than a couple thousand times has to be true.

Food for thought...


#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-07-19 02:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

That's hardly "massive."

I've gone to a Pick-a-Part in the suburbs that's bigger.

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-07-19 02:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Nobody is picking those parts.

#5 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-07-19 05:16 PM | Reply

I've been to larger garbage dumps in the suburbs too.

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-07-19 05:19 PM | Reply

Social media users: if it wasn't true, Facebook and Twitter wouldn't allow it to be retweeted or shared thousands of times
Also soc med users: Facebook and Twitter and are evil and oppressing us for censoring misleading and false posts!

Meanwhile, we're talking about it in a thread with an extremely misleading headline and summary, without a hint of irony.

#7 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-07-20 01:22 PM | Reply

America has abandoned ICE vehicles now that EVs are here.
smartguy.com

#8 | Posted by bored at 2021-07-20 03:13 PM | Reply

I've had discussions with a person who pretty much believes that anything that is retweeted

Yup!

Joe Biden drinks the blood of children.

Obama is a muslim plant and will convert America to sharia law.

#9 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-07-20 03:24 PM | Reply

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#10 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-07-20 03:27 PM | Reply

Who cares where it's at?

What does this say about the future of electric vehicles in condensed spaces like China?

#11 | Posted by boaz at 2021-07-20 04:05 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

The GQP is so desperate to support the gas and oil industry and deny climate science that they don't believe in science anymore, and like Orange Adolf, they dismiss green power like wind and solar and green transportation like electric vehicles in spite of all the evidence that it's significantly less expensive and better for the environment. I've been driving a Tesla Model 3 for the past six months and I LOVE IT! What a great car, quick, agile, comfortable, and good-looking. I know a lot of police agencies are looking at the Tesla Model Y as a potential replacement for the Ford Explorer, which has become the standard for patrol vehicles in law enforcement. Ford needs to come up with an electric version of the Explorer that matches the Model Y for cost, and battery distance, or risk losing a significant amount of market share! I know in head-to-head comparisons between the Model 3 and the Ford Taurus, several police agencies found the Tesla was far superior because it spent a lot less time in the shop, and maintenance costs were significantly lower.

#12 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2021-07-20 04:29 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

What does this say about the future of electric vehicles in condensed spaces like China?

#11 | POSTED BY BOAZ AT 2021-07-20 04:05 PM | FLAG:

That ride sharing on one-off electric designs doesn't have much of a future and they're well served by other infrastructure.

#13 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-07-20 04:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

That 22 China cities on the polluter list used to be much nastier when everything ran on 2 strokes.

#14 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-07-20 04:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

China has strict rules on the licensing of cars, including how old they can be and the condition they are in. In this case, it appears the cars were dumped by a rental company that went out of business.

#15 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-07-20 07:41 PM | Reply

#12 | POSTED BY _GUNSLINGER_ AT 2021-07-20 04:29 PM | FLAG:

If police are going for a $50k ASP sports sedan instead of the $35k ASP hybrid fleet sedan, they can't be defunded fast enough.

#16 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-07-21 08:40 AM | Reply

"In this case, it appears the cars were dumped by a rental company that went out of business."

Thanks, Capitalism!

#17 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-07-21 08:42 AM | Reply

Thanks, Capitalism!

#17 | POSTED BY SNOOFY AT 2021-07-21 08:42 AM | FLAG:

Thanks, government fueled and directed Capitalism!

The time capsules are interesting.

Zoom Earth it's a massive collection of single model, wasted cars.

Google maps it's just debris left.

#18 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-07-21 10:18 AM | Reply

"Thanks, government fueled and directed Capitalism!"

A distinction without a difference.

"Capitalism is a government program." -- George F. Will


Amazon tweeted, "We pay every penny we owe. Congress designed tax laws to encourage companies to reinvest in the American economy. We have. .$200B in investments since 2011 & 300K US jobs. Assume VP Biden's complaint is w/ the tax code, not Amazon."
All I've seen so far is plans to raise the corporate rate, not undo all of the deductions that let corps massively reduce their tax bills.
#3 | POSTED BY SITZKRIEG

#19 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-07-21 10:34 AM | Reply

Ahh yes, crony capitalism is all capitalism. Totes legit.

#20 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-07-21 11:01 AM | Reply

You might as well wearing a Che shirt be arguing the USSR wasn't Communism.

Are you?

#21 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-07-21 11:09 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

I've had discussions with a person who pretty much believes that anything that is retweeted (or re-posted or...) more than a couple thousand times has to be true.
Food for thought...

#3 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER

A person? You mean Trump supporters?

#22 | Posted by Sycophant at 2021-07-21 01:34 PM | Reply

Who cares where it's at?

What does this say about the future of electric vehicles in condensed spaces like China?

#11 | Posted by boaz

Nothing. It says nothing about that. You imagine it does because you're delusional.

What does the mega drought, floods, and wildfires say about the future of gas cars?

#23 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-07-21 01:35 PM | Reply

They were one of 15+ flavors of Communism. Though if you believe that, and belong to one, you may take an ice axe to the head because there's only One True Communist Ideology, And In No Way Is That A Fallacy.

#24 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-07-21 01:39 PM | Reply

Boaz:
If you actually knew something about China and Chinese culture, you wouldn't embarrass yourself...again.

Those cheap electric cars were crap, and built to fail, much like the 1980s Yugo. In addition, Chinese are notoriously harsh when renting things like bicycles and...oh, electric cars.
There are also graveyards of millions of rental bikes in Beijing, Shanghai and every other major Chinese city. The average Chinese adult places NO value on other people's property: building are defaced with advertisement spray-paint graffiti every day, the bicycle tires were slashed or just maliciously damaged for no reason other than...it is there. ANYTHING left in public will be stolen, quickly. An old saying in Beijing is: you aren't really Chinese until you have had at least four bicycles stolen. The electric cars were abused too; with the cheap construction, they didn't last. There is a reason the West refuses to import Chinese cars: they aren't safe at all! The emphasis pon China is to "crack it out," and profits always win over safety or durability.

That photo is just evidence of cheap manufacture coupled with abuse.

#25 | Posted by e1g1 at 2021-07-21 02:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The bike field pictures are tremendous, they look like tulip farms.

A lot of those bikes weren't worn out though. They were never used. Massive oversupply issues.

#26 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-07-21 03:22 PM | Reply

China is a "condensed space"? Ever look at a Pf-ing map, numbnuts?

#27 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-07-21 03:26 PM | Reply

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