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Biden’s Electric Vehicle Dream Likely To Go Up In Smoke – OpEd

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By Dalia Al-Aqidi*

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There is now less than two months to go before America’s crucial midterm elections are held, with the Democrats in danger of losing both the House and the Senate. Democratic candidates have been trying to distance their election campaigns from President Joe Biden due to his low approval rates, which may even lead his party to decline to nominate him for a second term. The same theory applies to his deputy, Kamala Harris, who has not succeeded in any task assigned to her so far.

Even the liberal-leaning Washington Post admitted last month that dozens of Democratic candidates in the most competitive battleground states did not want the president or vice president’s help. “He is being attacked more often in televised ads than (Barack) Obama was at this point in 2010 or (Donald) Trump was in 2018. He goes largely unnamed on Democratic campaign websites and Twitter accounts. And candidates in key races in battleground states are either not asking him to come — or actively avoiding him when he does,” the newspaper reported.

However, Biden has insisted on making himself relevant to the elections, even if he was not asked to do so. His administration’s strategy until Nov. 8 is to focus on the president’s achievements. The White House plans to take advantage of every public event to highlight its plans to decrease inflation and amend the country’s economy.

In August, Biden signed into law the Inflation Reduction Act, which actually has nothing to do with inflation, describing it as a “victory for the American people.” Biden is back to selling dreams to the American people, knowing that this plan will not help anyone, but who is counting?

According to the new law, the US government will make electric vehicles more attainable for buyers by granting them tax credits and additional incentives. For example, it offers a $7,500 federal tax credit for each electric vehicle assembled in America if it is put into service after Dec. 31, 2022. Additionally, the tax credit will include used fully electric vehicles that are at least two years old.

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Biden last week visited the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, in which electric vehicles were the highlight. The president informed attendees that, as part of the Infrastructure Law, which was passed last year, his government was planning to invest $7.5 billion to build charging stations across the country. “The great American road trip is going to be fully electrified. Whether you’re driving coast to coast, along the I-10 or on I-75 here in Michigan, charging stations will be up and as easy to find as gas stations are now,” he said.

This dream would be fantastic if only it was attainable and Americans were ready to give up their gas cars. Let us think about price, supply and charging stations.

The first obstacle facing the electric vehicle dream is the sale price, which has reached about $62,000. The US median household income is approximately $65,000. If we do the math, we can figure out that it will not work.

And, according to the UK’s Guardian newspaper, supply issues mean a consumer who orders an electric vehicle at the ongoing auto show may not get it until 2024, costing the car manufacturers customers.

The US does not have the capabilities to build an electric vehicle charging station network, which makes it difficult for consumers to give up their gas vehicles. Installing home charging stations would take at least 10 years to be efficient.

The Democrats are selling a dream that sounds like music to the progressives’ ears, but cannot be achieved, in the hope of achieving political gains in November.

And what is the use of switching to electric cars while their advocates use commercial and private aircraft to travel around? Or driving an electric vehicle with an electric generator in the trunk that uses gas to charge the vehicle in case it stops in the middle of the road?

While hurting lower and middle-income families, only time will tell whether Biden’s dream of an electric vehicle revolution will stand a chance or fade away.

• Dalia Al-Aqidi is a senior fellow at the Center for Security Policy.

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One thought on “Biden’s Electric Vehicle Dream Likely To Go Up In Smoke – OpEd

  • September 19, 2022 at 11:01 am
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    Frankly I am so shocked by the nonsense spouted in this article, I don’t know where to begin (I should add that I have zero interest in US politics – it is the EV side of this article that interests me).

    In order then:

    1/ “…were ready to give up their gas cars.” Americans, like the rest of the Western world are embracing EVs with relish, having finally woken up to their advantages over ICEVs – Teslas offerings having been outselling equivalent ICE models for months.

    2/ “… the sale price.’ As if *every* EV costs $62k! Many sell for much less than that and in the short term, much cheaper models will come to market. This has been a trend for the last 5 years and it will continue as battery prices fall (once lithium production overcomes current supply issues). There is absolutely no reason why EVs will not eventually be cheaper to buy than equivalent ICEVs. Meanwhile they already cost at least half as much to run (and are a supremely nicer vehicle to drive).

    3/ Delivery times: *All* of the auto market is suffering on this point except that I would point out that Tesla Shanghai factory has only just announced that waiting times for their cars have fallen sharply to less than 10 weeks. (And *really* – you should not rely on the UK’s ‘Gruniad’ for your data!)

    4/ “The US does not have the capabilities to build an electric vehicle charging station network.” I can only conclude you have been lost in the desert for the last 10 years and have, therefore, not heard of Tesla’s Supercharger network (not to mention a dozen others). There are 30 THOUSAND Tesla Superchargers already deployed in 20 countries many/most of them made in the US and that number is growing quickly all the time. The suggestion that the US can’t build a charging station network is perfectly and demonstrably utter twaddle.

    For my money, the main advantage of EVs over ICEVs is the fact that for a relatively modest investment (certainly affordable for anyone with a house mortgage) you can make enough of your own electricity to power both your house *and* a typical mileage EV. But I’d guess a “senior fellow at the Center for Security Policy” in Saudi Arabia won’t like that fact very much either!

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