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Unhinged: $ 454 Billion To Push Electric Vehicles Onto Consumers? Sounds Like Cash 4 Clunkers 2


Unhinged: $ 454 Billion To Push Electric Vehicles Onto Consumers? Sounds Like Cash 4 Clunkers 2

For the last five years or so, the idea of widespread electric vehicle use has shifted from an almost laughable proposition into a serious matter. Look at the sales of plug-in hybrids. Look at the success of Tesla and the amount of startups forming in their wake, like Rivian. Look at how quickly companies are to throw out that they are embracing electric vehicle tech, and look at how trendy the upper-class versions of these cars are in the celebrity realm. Like it or not, electric vehicles are going to be mainstream. Non-car people celebrate the fact that they no longer have to try to explain what’s going on underhood…they instead simply pull out their iPhone and explain how it charges and depletes, and then point to the Model S and nod. Environmentalists dance over the thought of the internal combustion engine disappearing off of the face of the earth, with the concept of electricity creation and the composition of the batteries in these machines barely a thought in the back of their minds. EVs are the future. And if one senator has their way, that’ll be promised.

Chuck Schumer (D, New York) is a man who has been involved in politics since 1975. He’s seen the Malaise era, he’s seen the advancements made over the last fifty years in vehicles, and apparently, he’s seen the light regarding transportation in the future…ten years from the implementation of his plan, to be exact. Here’s how this would go: The plan would be similar to the 2009 Cash For Clunkers deal, where an individual who traded in a gasoline-powered vehicle at least eight years old and in drivable condition in exchange for a rebate that could vary between $3,000 to $5,000, plus a potential extra $2000 for low-income individuals, that would be used to assist in purchasing an electric vehicle, a plug-in hybrid or a fuel cell car that was made in the United States. The old vehicles would be scrapped. In addition, the plan includes $45 billion for EV charging stations and $17 billion for automakers to prepare for the new vehicles by either building new factories or to revamp old locations.

So far, Schumer has managed to gain the support of the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council, as well as Ford, General Motors and the United Auto Workers. According to a Reuters report, UAW President Gary Jones said that the proposal “honors the sweat and sacrifice of American autoworkers by investing in domestic manufacturing of electric vehicles and incentivizing high quality jobs across the supply chain.”

Hm. Is an election coming up?

If you remember Cash 4 Clunkers, you’ll remember that one of the biggest criticisms that came out of that ordeal was that the whole program was a financial dud. The plan was to stimulate auto sales at a time when the auto industry desperately needed them. The goal was to see economic advancement as a result of ditching old Ford Explorers by the hundreds of thousands, but in retrospect, it barely made a blip. Maybe that was because even with a few thousand dollars on the hood of a car wasn’t enough for a family to be able to justify purchasing a brand-new vehicle of any kind. An added issue was the sudden lack of decent used vehicles for individuals who needed them the most. Most Cash 4 Clunkers lots weren’t filled with rotted Oldsmobiles that were rusting to death or some Chevy Sprint that belched smoke like an oil derrick when it was revved up. Most of the vehicles were everyday used vehicles that people were tired of, and they would’ve been traded in if it wasn’t for the program in place.

So now we have a state senator from New York who thinks that a program to put an electric vehicle in every driveway is going to pan out? Oh, I’m sorry, not just an EV or a hybrid, or even a fuel cell vehicle, but an American-built EV, hybrid or fuel-cell vehicle.

WITHOUT DIVING INTO POLITICStry to make sense of that one. Good luck.


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10 thoughts on “Unhinged: $ 454 Billion To Push Electric Vehicles Onto Consumers? Sounds Like Cash 4 Clunkers 2

  1. jerry z

    Yes I can’t wait for the day we having rolling blackouts cause we can’t keep up the electricity demand.

    I can’t wait.

  2. Gary

    jerry z, what do you mean, you can’t wait? You must live in flyover country like me. The east coast and California already have rolling brownouts and even blackouts due to increased electrical demand during certain hours. Now comes tens of thousands of electrical vehicles getting plugged in at peak hours! So what will they do to fill the demand? Most likely route power from flyover country to their largest voting blocks, the east coast and California.
    Point is, government has no business pushing any of this tech.
    I also love the “gained the support of” statement. What that means is that those groups are going to be spending millions of dollars to pay off politicians to push their agendas. Chuck you, Schumer!

    1. john

      Must have missed the “rolling blackouts” here in NJ. Don’t pull the “alternative facts” bullshit. I haven’t lost power since 2012 and “superstorm Sandy”.

  3. 75Duster

    Anytime Crying Chuck Schumer’s lips are moving, he’s lying. Him and Pelosi are the reason we need term limits.

  4. 383 Duster

    and apparently, he’s seen the light regarding transportation in the future…

    that is funny right there…………kind of sad but still funny….

    TERM LIMITS

  5. Longrod Von Hugendong

    Chuck Schumer is a douche bag.

    Car companies lose money on every electric car sold. The only reason they are even produced, is because Obama signed a law that every manufacturer’s line had to have a median mpg rating by a certain year. So, the manufacturers said, “we’ll just make one electric car, and then we won’t have to make our other crap any more efficient.” And that’s why government, needs to stay out of industry. You can’t legislate progress and innovation. Necessity is the mother of invention.

  6. Ronnieroadster

    You guys are missing a big point in place of the political crap look at it this way. More electric cars means more hydrocarbons for us to burn and from what i see since less cars will need it. The oil company’s are going to keep the price of oil and gas low which is their way of competing against the electric craze. Us gas burners will win having low gas prices a good way to stay competitive with any electric stuff that comes along. Theres more to the big picture at least the way I see it. Oh and that amazing genius in Washington you know the Russian operative is helping the oil company’s in a big way another win.
    Ronnieroadster

  7. Patrick

    Love these politicians that fly in jets weekly, then get chauffeured around in big SUVs and town cars while living in mansions telling us, the people, we need to tighten our belts. Suck a bag of d….. your “elite “ ass

  8. Gregg Miller

    Just another reason we NEED term limits!! Career politicians care about one thing ONLY! Their careers! That, and lining their own pockets, generally at our expense!

  9. Happy Motoring

    How any car enthusiast can vote for a politician who pushes this crap is beyond me. And who truly believes that when the public doesn’t enthusiastically embrace the plug in cars and buy them en masse, the entire left (and some completely spineless and brainless on the right) political class won’t enact huge taxes on gas to “encourage” the unconvinced or unwilling to finally cave and buy something they never wanted to begin with. Of course those beltway bullies will claim its going to “save the earth” or that “we should do it for the children” as they push this green hoax. That’s why these enviro-nuts are the watermelon people: green on the outside but red on the inside. For each according to his ability, to each according to his needs. Right comrades??? (most of the kids nowadays seem to think so)

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