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The vast majority of Americans find it laughable to think of buying an electric car.

Promoters of electric vehicles are absolutely crowing about recent data showing record sales for non-hybrid electric vehicles. These electric vehicles accounted for a large portion of 2022’s first half sales. 5.46% of all new car sales, while sales of hybrids declined. Comparatively, electric cars accounted for 2.7% of all car sales in 2021’s second quarter. 

Since the start of the pandemic the overall car sales have increased fallen drastically. Between 2015 and 2019, more than 17 million new cars were sold each year. In 2020, sales were only 14.7 million, and in 2021, 12.28 million. We are currently close to matching 2021’s sales. 

The motive behind the increase in EV purchase is nothing less than the largest coordinated effort by the federal governments in shifting consumer behavior through market manipulation in automotive industry history. To eliminate demand for these products, Biden’s administration intentionally increased gasoline and diesel prices through policy. 

If this seems hard to believe, you can listen to the Transportation secretary tell you that “The more pain that we are all experiencing from the high price of gas, the more benefit there is for those who can access electric vehicles.”As I have stated on this site earlier this year, the federal government cannot lower electric car prices. It will only make their competition more expensive. This means more pain, and the Biden administration is well aware of it. Secretary Buttigieg knows this. characterized Americans as bitter clingers to our supposedly evil gasoline powered vehicles.

The real cost of electric cars is one of the major roadblocks. Manufacturers face constant challenges due to rising input costs for electric vehicles. increase the prices of these already-expensive toys. Ford recently increased the prices of their F-150 Lightning pickup trucks. They are currently priced between $7,000 and $8.500. This was due to higher input cost. Ford announced June pricing hikes of $7,000 to $8.500 for F-150 Lightning pickup trucks. announced that their Mach E model Mustang is “no longer profitable”Nissan plans to stop production of their tiny Leaf EV in the next few years. Nissan will likely replace the low-priced Leaf EV they have made with something bigger and more luxurious.

Ford is trying to offset increased input costs and decrease sales declines due price increases. laying off 8,000 employees to finance production of EVs. This could be seen as part of the transition from internal combustion production into EV production. The same strategy is being used by major EV-only manufacturers. Rivian, the maker of the EV pickup that was famously required to stop every 100 miles to charge for hoursYou can find more information att a time while towing a race car, recently announced a “major”Layoffs are a part of cost-cutting measures. Tesla was founded May. announced its largest layoff in the company’s history. 

It’s no wonder that working class Americans are increasingly fed up with the Biden administration and the rest of his party. Recently, Rep. Thomas Massie (R.KY) schooled Biden’s transportation secretary on the real-world cost of charging an EV. Rep. Massie says that EVs would make up half of the US’s car fleet by 2030. Although it seems absurd, it is true. To charge an EV, a household would need twice as much energy for air conditioning. It doesn’t take a PhD in economics to understand what that kind of increased load would do to our grid and to the cost of energy, especially if it came from unreliables like solar and wind.

It’s a joke to own an EV for working-class Americans. One family discovered a serious practical problem of owning a used, low priced, EV: lack of manufacturer support. The family’s 2014 Ford Focus EV needed a new battery. Their car’s replacement battery would cost them $14,000 more than the price they paid. To add insult to injury, they then found that Ford couldn’t even provide them with a replacement. Lack of manufacturer support for basic components for an 8 year old vehicle is unheard of for internal-combustion-powered cars. 

While the Biden administration continues to mislead the public, other policymakers as well as influential NGOs are beginning to change the narrative. Recent reports from the World Economic Forum admitted to the many and varied environmental and human rights issues associated with EV production from the use of child slaves to mine cobalt in the Congo to the increased road and tire wear from heavy electric cars. Their solution to the problem is simply this: don’t own a vehicle. As I’ve said before on this site, the ultimate goal of the so-called “transition”To eliminate freedom, EVs should be converted to. If every move we make involves a transaction it can all be traced. Further restrictions on our privacy and freedom would be imposed by the Biden administration. Americans should ask themselves these questions: “how much ideological tyranny will we put up with before we use the ballot box to end it?”

 

Levi Russell is an assistant teacher at the University of Kansas’s Brandmeyer Center for Applied Economics. 

Levi Russell is an assistant teacher at the University of Kansas’s Brandmeyer Center for Applied Economics. 

The vast majority of Americans find it laughable to think of buying an electric car.

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