Biden Admin Offers to Pay Americans to Send Videos of Their Electric Cars for 'EV Video Challenge'

Biden Admin Offers to Pay Americans to Send Videos of Their Electric Cars for 'EV Video Challenge'

The Biden administration faced public scrutiny and mockery following the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) embarrassing announcement of the “EV Video Challenge,” an initiative offering Americans the opportunity to win a total of $13,500 for submitting videos showcasing their electric vehicles (EVs).

The initiative drew criticism from just about everyone, with accusations of hypocrisy and the misuse of taxpayer dollars.

Critics, including the Alliance For Consumers and Jason Isaac, founder of the American Energy Institute, questioned the EPA’s decision to pay individuals for positive stories about EVs, labeling it as a stark example of the administration’s attempt to push a failing agenda, Fox News Digital reported.

The video challenge is divided into three categories — personal mobility, electric vehicle, and electric bus — each with three winners. The first prize in each category is $3,000, the second prize is $1,000, and the third prize is $500. The EPA emphasized the benefits of electric vehicles, acknowledging that transitioning to EVs might require some adjustment but highlighting the importance of sharing first-hand knowledge about the experience.

Critics underscored recent incidents of EV battery explosions, emphasizing safety concerns associated with widespread EV adoption. Described as a desperate move by the Biden administration, the initiative came under fire for utilizing taxpayer dollars to support what some perceive as a failing agenda. The broader context involves the administration’s ambitious goals, with President Biden aiming for 50% of car purchases to be electric by 2030. This vision is supported by proposed regulations and tailpipe emission rules, coupled with the EPA reinstating California’s authority to implement stringent emission standards.

However, a recent report has brought attention to the higher costs and lower efficiency of EVs compared to traditional gas-powered vehicles. Critics argue that the true cost of EVs is concealed by substantial subsidies and regulatory credits, ultimately impacting gasoline vehicle owners, taxpayers, and utility ratepayers. The discussion around the “EV Video Challenge” is situated within the broader narrative of the Biden administration’s push toward electrification and the ongoing debate surrounding the economic and environmental implications of such policies.


Join the Newsletter