If you can’t afford an EV – and you live in CA, one of several states that have all-but-banned anything that’s not an EV – don’t worry!
CA will buy you an EV.
To the tune of $27,000.
It’s enough, just about to buy a brand-new Nissan Leaf or Chevy Bolt, the only two EVs currently available that cost less than about $35,000 to start.
Of course, it’s not actually CA that’s buying these EVs. It is the people who pay taxes in CA (and elsewhere) who fund the programs, including the state and federal tax kickbacks that aren’t kicked back to people who don’t “buy” an EV. They are the ones who pay for the shortfall in tax revenue used to pay for other people’s EVs, so that those other people can “afford” what they aren’t paying for.
Think of it as Obamaphone on wheels.
It is a scam, but not in the usual sense, though it is also that.
People who cannot afford EVs are led to believe the state – or the feds, or some combination of the two – will in fact buy them an EV, or the greater portion of one. But in fact, they first have to earn enough taxable income to get the kickbacks – and most don’t. The federal and state kickbacks only kick in – or back – if one has paid enough in. If not, there’s nothing. And the ones who do get something are still not getting anything. These suckers are paying themselves, with money taken first and then (partially) given back.
That’s the kind of “assistance” one gets from government.
As far as the confession part, that part ought to be obvious. EVs still cost so much that even those who do earn a lot of money – the kickbacks are available to people earning up to $150,000 or about twice the average two-earner income in this country – “qualify” for kickbacks on new EVs.
Put another way, even the rich have to be bribed – with their own money – to get them to buy EVs.
What does this say about EVs?
It is not necessary to bribe people who earn $150,000 annually with some of their own money to get them to buy Tahoes. One of those can easily cost twice as much as an EV such as the Leaf or Bolt. And yet, Tahoes sell. Or rather, each on is purchased – without any “assistance” from the government.
Why do EVs continue to need such “assistance”?
It is almost 16 years since the first modern EV – Tesla’s roadster – became available. And almost 16 years after that EVs still cannot stand on their merits, clear evidence that these are lacking. If it were not so, EV would no longer require “assistance.”
In fact, EVs require more “assistance” because they have become more rather than less expensive and so even fewer people can afford them, without “assistance.” (Yes, Tesla has temporarily lowered its prices – because Tesla can afford to internally subsidize its cars, a subject for another time.)
How many years after its first year of availability did the Ford Model T – or the Ford Model A – require “assistance” in order to sell? The answer is – none. It sold like gangbusters, immediately.
Was it necessary to dangle tax-kickbacks in front of people in order to induce them to buy a VW Beetle or a Honda Civic, when either of those first came out?
It encompasses about twice the typical new model’s lifetime in production, by which is meant that – typically – a brand-new car that comes out this year will receive a “refresh” four years from now and by the time it is eight years old it will be ready to be replaced by an all-new model. Very few cars remain in production unchanged for more than about eight years, unless they are extremely successful – as measured by lots of people buying them without having to be bribed (with some of their own money) to buy them.
An excellent – and tragic – example of the latter being the Dodge Charger/Challenger siblings, neither of which has been changed much since 2011, just three years after the first Tesla became available. The current Charger/Challenger are thus twelve years old – or rather, have been in production, essentially unchanged, for all that time. It has not been necessary to change them to get people to buy them, without any “assistance” from the government.
Just as it was unnecessary for VW to change the old Beetle much for much longer than that. It was still being made – in Mexico – as recently as 2002 and would almost certainly have continued to be made and made available here, were it not for the “assistance” of government.
The same “assistance” that is forcing the Charger/Challenger off the market.
Every successful vehicle has not required the “assistance” of government. It is only the failures that require it.
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