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Paying for Your New EV…Even if You Don’t Own One

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For now, they’re only requiring that electric cars be manufactured. How long will it be before they require people to buy them? Actually, you’re already paying for them. Several ways. New ways. The obvious way is in the form of the taxes you pay that subsidize their manufacture. But that’s old hat, old man. And it was just for openers. Last week, Nevada “adopted” (in the euphemistic political language of government, which loves to use the verbiage of kumbaya voluntaryism to hide the collectivist coercion it imposes) electric vehicle quotas similar to those already in place in California. These force a car company that wants to sell any cars in the state to also sell a certain number of electric cars, too. Even if they have to be

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For now, they’re only requiring that electric cars be manufactured. How long will it be before they require people to buy them?

Actually, you’re already paying for them.

Several ways.

New ways.

The obvious way is in the form of the taxes you pay that subsidize their manufacture. But that’s old hat, old man. And it was just for openers.

Last week, Nevada “adopted” (in the euphemistic political language of government, which loves to use the verbiage of kumbaya voluntaryism to hide the collectivist coercion it imposes) electric vehicle quotas similar to those already in place in California. These force a car company that wants to sell any cars in the state to also sell a certain number of electric cars, too.

Even if they have to be given away at a loss.

The costs of that being shifted over to the non-electric cars, which hides the costs of the EV mandate very much in the same way that obnoxiously high gas taxes are hidden by folding them into the cost-per-gallon rather than added on like a sales tax. If people actually had to pony up 50 cents (one average) additional per gallon – at the register – they’d likely object. But when the gas and taxes cost the same, they don’t notice the taxes part.

That’s how you already pay for the EV you don’t drive.

You pay for EVs in other ways, too.

John Bozzella, front man for something innocuously styled the Center for Automotive Research – actually a new umbrella organization for several major car companies eager to show just how very proactive they can be when it comes to hewing to all the stylish orthodoxies – says they “are committed to working with (Nevada) Governor Sisolak and state regulators toward a smoother transition (italics added) to ZEV adoption that includes expanded consumer awareness, infrastructure, incentives, fleet requirements, building codes . . . and more.”

Bet your bippie it’ll be more.

Bozzella says the industry’s “investment” will reach $200 billion by 2025.

But let’s start with your “investment.”

How about “infrastructure”?

This is euphemism-speak for taxpayer-financed electric car charging hubs – but it’s also much more than just that. The charge hubs are useless without power and EVs suck a lot of it. A 1,000 pound 400 volt (typical; some of the new ones have 800 volt) battery pack needs more than a trickle charger. And to “fast” charge takes even more power – as well as very heavy cabling and transmission apparatus, plus of course the actual power itself – which has to be generated . . . somewhere, somehow.

As well as paid for.

Eric Peters
Eric Peters is a freelance car/bike/political columnist. He escaped the corporate-owned media Big Boys years ago. Without the censorship of the corporate tools

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