You’ll need some money
There’s also some grumbling on the left that not everyone is handed a shiny new EV.
Tamara Sheldon declares in Knowable Magazine that she’d love to buy an EV but the cheapest ones are at least three times as expensive as her used VW Jetta. We’re not told how used that Jetta is, but you’re still going to need some money to buy a new electric car, OK?
The critics would do their arguments a favor if they stopped portraying the $60,000 Cadillac Lyriq or Model Y Tesla as typical EVs.
Car and Driver helpfully lists more affordable models. The Chevrolet Bolt EV, for example, starts at $32,495.
There may be a higher upfront cost to buying an electric vehicle, but the savings on gasoline can make the EV a lot less expensive over time.
For example, driving 15,000 miles in a fossil-fuel-powered Ford F-150 pickup would cost the owner $2,900 at the current price of gas. The same 15,000 miles in the electric Ford F-150 Lightning Pro would come to $950.
Obviously, the more you drive it, the better the deal.
It seems important for the hecklers to exaggerate the environmental concerns attached to EVs.
Marcus at Fox notes that you often need fossil fuels to make the electricity that goes into the battery. As he puts it, “The electricity that runs these futuristic vehicles doesn’t just flow freely from the sky.”
Actually, a lot of it does.
To the Bible literate, wind and sun are like manna from heaven. They are free and provide something we are hungry for, clean power.
Renewable energy, including hydro, already generates about 21 percent of all our electricity. The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects this number will rise to 44 percent by 2050, and that might be low. With work, renewables could produce 90 percent of the world’s electricity by 2050, according to the International Energy Agency.
One other nice thing about electric vehicles: zero tailpipe emissions. We refer to the noxious chemicals that burning fossil fuels belches forth. In other words, old-fashioned smog.
If bashing Democrats is the true motive behind all this whining about the EV tax credit, too bad.
Now and then, the political players should do things that are good for the country, even if it means agreeing with the other side.
As policy initiatives go, this incentive to move Americans into electric vehicles is unusually well crafted.