Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg took high gas prices and proclaimed the “pain” we’re experiencing as an advantage for those who own electric vehicles.
“The more pain we are all experiencing from the high price of gas, the more benefit there is for those who can access electric vehicles.”
Secretary Buttigieg often uses electric vehicles as the go-to solution for high gas prices. He said in a recent interview, “We’re for cutting the cost of electric vehicles because when you have an electric vehicle then you will also be able to save on gas…”
Some Twitter users attacked Buttigieg’s ability to be transportation secretary:
Is it possible to find a few smart people who don’t speak ‘Word-Salad’ and understand infrastructure, the economy, inflation and supply chain issues that are crushing the US economy?— Carla Mannes MSW CGF (@CarlaMannes) July 16, 2022
Other users explained to Sec. Buttigieg that they cannot afford an electric vehicle:
Can’t afford them. Not enough charging stations. And the grid couldn’t handle a mass number of new electric cars all pulling power either. They already have power issues out west with brownouts and rolling backouts. This is a prime example of deflecting with an unreal solution.— Tim Rondeau (@TheTimRondeau) July 16, 2022
Electric vehicles come in five primary categories: cars, luxury cars, SUVs, luxury SUVs and pickup trucks. Prices on electric vehicles range from $27,400 for a Nissan Leaf to a whopping $2,400,000 for a 2022 Rimac Nevera. The Tesla Model 3 was the most popular electric vehicle sold in 2021, selling over 500,000 units. Base price for a Model 3 is $40,390 according to Tesla’s product overview website.