Buttigieg slammed for urging electric car buying to counter gas prices

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Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg was rebuked by critics on Monday when he argued that more Americans should buy electric vehicles so they “never have to worry about gas prices again.”

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The former South Bend, Ind., mayor claimed on MSNBC’s “Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart” that families who own electric vehicles would receive “a $12,500 discount” in transportation costs.

“The people who stand to benefit the most from owning an EV” [electric vehicle] It is often rural residents who have the most distance to drive, who burn the most gas, and urban residents less in areas where gas prices are high and incomes are low,” Buttigieg said. said.

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“They will get the most out of having that vehicle,” he said. “These are the same residents who aren’t always associated with electric vehicles that are seen as a luxury item.”

According to the Kelley Blue Book, Average price of a new electric vehicle As of October of this year was $55,676. In contrast, the average price of a new compact car was $25,240 – less than half that amount. The average price of a new compact SUV was $34,122, while the cost of an electric vehicle was more than the average new sports car ($44,981).

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Conservatives on Twitter scoffed at Buttigieg’s argument that buying an electric vehicle would be a money saver for Americans.

“Perhaps everyone in the world can afford the electric car Pete Buttigieg lives in,” tweeted Trump’s White House communications official. mercedes slack, “The average American is struggling with record high gas prices? Not so much.”

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg called on Americans to buy more electric vehicles so they “never have to worry about gas prices again.”
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Buttigieg claimed that families with electric cars could increase transportation prices.
Buttigieg claimed that households with electric cars could see “a $12,500 discount” in transportation prices.
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“You do realize that, even if it’s completely electric, you’re still sensitive to the price of fossil fuels, don’t you?” tweet commentator Emily Xanotik, “It just runs on two different types of fossil fuels.”

“Let me assure you there is very little overlap between families who can afford a $50,000 electric car,” tweeted amy swearer Of the Heritage Foundation, “and ‘families who are concerned about gas prices because an extra $50 per month is really just a week’s worth of groceries.

“Do you know what a lot of families can do with that extra $50 per month/$1300 per year?” Swearing couple. “Have peace of mind in an emergency fund for when their 10-year-old van needs a new radiator.”

Hot Air Senior Editor Written by Ed Morrissey That instead of worrying about gas prices, Americans would “worry about skyrocketing electricity prices under heavy demand … and rolling blackouts when supply can’t meet demand in a regulated environment.” Is.”

In addition to the high sticker price, AAA estimates that owning a new, compact electric vehicle costs about $600 more per year Compared to a gas-powered compact vehicle – despite lower fuel and maintenance costs.

Buttigieg’s promotion of electric vehicles comes five days after the administration announced that the Department of Energy would release 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to deal with rising gas prices.

According to AAA, as of Monday, the nationwide average price for a gallon of regular gasoline was $3.39, about $1.27 higher than the previous year.

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