The Biden regime is not being honest with Americans about its push to transition from internal combustion cars and trucks to the alleged ‘efficiency’ of green electric vehicles, according to a growing chorus of experts and analysts.
Fox Business noted that Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, in particular, is getting pushback for a number of claims he’s made about EVs recently — notably, that they were cheaper than gasoline and diesel fuel models.
The network reported:
Buttigieg suggested EVs can be cheaper than comparable cars with internal combustion engines and more cost-effective to fill up, in response to a question from Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., during a House hearing Wednesday. During his questioning, Perry noted the high average cost of EVs and asked what the Biden administration’s plans were to lower such costs for American consumers.
“I knew this might come up, so I pulled a few of the latest prices,” Buttigieg responded. “A Chevy Bolt, an American-made 2022 EV is $26,595. If you want a pickup truck, like a Chevy Silverado EV or Ford F150 Lightning, the starting prices of those are $39,900 and $39,974, respectively.”
“But what we’re seeing in terms of the dynamics now is we’re close to the point, and may actually be there on certain models and under certain circumstances, where the extent to which your car payment would go up, is actually already outweighed by the extent to which your gas bill would go down, even factoring in the cost of electricity,” he continued.
But, according to several experts, cheaper-priced EVs are still much more expensive than traditional vehicles and they have to be charged far more often because they have relatively short ranges.
For instance, the 2022 Chevy Bolt that Buttigieg referenced comes with an initial cost of around $26,595 and a range of about 259 miles, according to the manufacturer. The traditional engine Chevy Spark for 2022 costs around $14,595 and comes with a range of at least 297 miles, according to the maker.
“Customers are clever enough to figure this out despite the snow job from the electric vehicle promoters and people like Secretary Buttigieg,” Myron Ebell, the director of the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Center for Energy and Environment, told FOX Business.
“It’s really kind of a con job,” Ebell said. “It may be a good deal for some people in some places under some circumstances. But by-and-large right now, it’s not a good deal.”
The outlet adds:
Overall, the average cost of an EV was $64,338 while the average cost of a compact car was $26,101 as of May, according to Kelley Blue Book. Factoring in government incentives, the average cost of EVs are likely closer to $60,000.
In addition, the Department of Energy reported in January that the average range of model year 2021 gasoline vehicles was 403 miles compared to the median 234-mile range of model year 2021 EVs. That means EV owners must pay to charge their vehicle more frequently than owners of traditional cars.
Plus, there are other factors that hoaxers like Buttigieg are not disclosing.
Under real-world conditions, EVs are not performing as advertised in terms of range, especially. An electric pickup may be rated for around 250 miles, but that goes down if the truck is pulling something on a trailer, for instance, is loaded with passengers, the A/C is running, etc. Ditto for other EVs. And, there is very little charging infrastructure, while gas stations are all over the place.
And since Americans exist within a car culture, what happens if none of the current EV models are visually appealing to someone? What then?
The fact is, we cannot — and should not — be forced to transition into a mode of transportation that has little appeal and where there is no real market. Biden and Democrats did not run on ‘EVs for all’ and $5 gasoline, because if they had, they would have lost soundly.