Biden’s promises about electric cars have gone up in smoke as reality collides with California policy.
While in South Korea, Biden advised Americans to buy an electric car if they don’t enjoy paying high gas prices.
BIDEN: Worried about high gas prices under my watch? Electric vehicles will “save families money at the pump.”
The average cost of an electric vehicle is more than $55,000. pic.twitter.com/i7ZJdZzUW2
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) May 22, 2022
First, even MSM fact-checkers have refuted the figures Joe cited. Second, even if you can buy an electric vehicle, you will have challenges, particularly if you live in California.
California’s electrical grid operators have issued a warning that the state’s electricity grid is experiencing capacity issues.
Officials say the state is facing a 1,700-megawatt power shortage, which has been worsened by fire damage to existing power lines.
The number of electric cars is also becoming a problem for the electrical system.
“Let’s say we were to have a substantial number of [electric] vehicles charging at home as everybody dreams,” Ram Rajagopal, an associate professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University said. “Today’s grid may not be able to support it. It all boils down to: Are you charging during the time solar power is on?”
California wants to eliminate all gas-powered automobiles by 2035, but it lacks the necessary electric infrastructure.
“The use of an electric vehicle is like adding one or two air conditioners to your residence in terms of its energy increase,” Mike Jacobs, Senior Energy Analyst at Union of Concerned Scientists, told Yahoo Finance. “So when the local utility engineer looks at this, he thinks of that air conditioning in the afternoon and the electric vehicle coming home at the same time.”
Oh, and get this: electric vehicle owners are already being regulated/advised on when they can charge their vehicles.
Yahoo Finance reported,
In Concord, Massachusetts, where Jacobs lives, his local utility has already asked that he set a timer on his electric vehicle so he is not charging until after 10 pm at night in exchange for a discounted rate. Technology that allows the grid and cars to communicate directly is likely to follow, he said.
“If you can charge the vehicles in the middle of the day or in the middle of night, it is almost not a worry because our system is built to meet that evening demand, that peak,” he added. “So spreading it out a little bit more, especially shifting it to sunshine hours when the solar is strong, makes it less of a concern.
What if you had to be told when you could go to the gas station?
So, according to Biden, Americans must purchase a $55,000 or more automobile in order to avoid paying $5 per gallon of gas, but they will be unable to drive the vehicle because the electrical infrastructure lacks the ability to charge it.
Welcome to Biden’s America.