Former President Donald Trump has much to say about electric vehicles (EVs). While some have deemed EVs the answer to sustainable transportation, Trump could not disagree more.
Trump’s recent visit to Michigan to visit the United Auto Workers on strike led to Trump revealing his position on the Biden administration’s EV policies. Trump attempted to convince UAW members that shifting away from gas cars would mean they were out of jobs. He told them their negotiations with automakers would be pointless if this EV revolution continued.
Trump dismissed EVs as too expensive, said they don’t go far enough, and stated that EV drivers are panicked about charging infrastructure. While Trump’s stance was strong, there appear to be European political leaders who agree with him.
Other Political Leaders Chime In
Italian Transport Minister Matteo Salvini had much to say in opposition to a proposed European Union ban on gas cars. Salvini described this ban as a “job-destroying madness” that will only benefit China in the long run. Which, to me, sounds a lot like Trump’s sentiments.
Czech lawmaker Alexandr Vondra echoed the same thoughts when he called stricter vehicle pollution limits “gravediggers of the automotive industry in Europe.”
What is Trump so worried about? He fears this push toward EVs will hand American jobs to the Chinese since China dominates the global battery minerals and manufacturing industry.
Biden Administration's Stance
The Biden administration disagrees on all counts and believes that Trump's concerns are baseless since their policies include criteria that support North American manufacturing.
As the debate over EVs in America unfolds, it’s comforting to know that we are not the only country concerned about our transportation's future. While green transportation is attractive and honorable, we have to wonder whether or not this push for EVs is premature.
States are already beginning to tack on extra fees to EV owners, with Texas recently announcing a new $200 annual fee to make up for lost gasoline taxes.
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Her experience paved the way for her to work with multiple large corporations in automotive news and trending topics. Now, she now finds her home at Wealth of Geeks where she proudly serves as Managing Editor of Autos. Madison is always down to geek out over the latest beautiful cars on the market, and she enjoys providing her readers with tips to make car ownership easier and more enjoyable.