May 27, 2024

Buttigieg Struggles to Explain Lack of Charging Stations in United States

Courtesy of Joe Biden, the American taxpayers have ponied up $7.5 billion to have a coast-to-coast charging station network for electric vehicles (EVs).

This was all part of the Inflation Reduction Act in 2022.

Yet, so far, there are about seven or eight stations operable, and Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg does not have an answer as to why.

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When Buttigieg was named Secretary of Transportation, I could not believe it.

The transportation in his small town was failing, yet we were handing him the keys to infrastructure in the entire country.

Biden’s plan called for 500,000 charges to be set up across the country to enable EVs to travel coast-to-coast without fear of running out of a charge before another station could be found.

So, in about three years, there are a mere handful of stations, yet Biden’s plan is supposed to be completed by 2030.

At this pace, we would have about two dozen stations completed, and Buttigieg had no real answers when asked.

His answer was borderline insulting, offering nothing but spin, stating, “So the President’s goal is to have half a million chargers up by the end of this decade.

“Now, in order to do a charger, it’s more than just plunking a- a small device into the ground, there’s utility work, and this is also, really, a new category of federal investment.

“But we’ve been working with each of the 50 states, every one of them is getting formula dollars to do this work–“

Buttigieg was then challenged on only seven or eight being functional, to which he replied, “Engaging them and the first handful- again, by 2030, 500,000 chargers. And the very first handful of chargers are now already being physically built.

“But again, that’s the absolute very, very beginning stages of the construction to come.”

When you consider that Biden wants 67% of new vehicles sold in this country to be EVs but they cannot travel more than 300 miles on a charge, and that is the really good EVs, no wonder only about six percent of Americans are behind the wheels of an EV, and nearly half the country insists it is not interested in ever purchasing an EV.

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