Poll: Half of voters want to cut electric vehicle sales targets

According to a recent poll conducted by The Center Square, it has been found that 50% of likely voters believe that the Biden administration should lower its targets for electric vehicle sales.

According to car dealers, the demand for cars has decreased.

According to a recent poll conducted by The Center Square Voters’ Voice, only 22% of voters expressed support for maintaining the current electric sales targets. Surprisingly, 15% of respondents were undecided on the matter. On the other hand, a mere 13% of voters expressed their support for increasing the sales targets.

The survey, carried out in partnership with Noble Predictive Insights, involved 2,510 voters. The participants comprised of 1,044 Republicans, 1,126 Democrats, and 340 true independents. The survey was conducted from March 11 to March 15, and the margin of error is +/- 2%.

According to a recent poll, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced its “strongest ever” regulations for light-duty and medium-duty vehicles, which will be in effect from 2027 through 2032. These regulations aim to ensure that approximately 67% of new car sales by 2032 are electric vehicles.

In December, 4,000 auto dealers reached out to Biden, urging him to ease up on electric vehicle mandates. They explained that their lots were already filled with electric vehicles, and the demand from consumers had significantly decreased. This decline in demand can be attributed to various factors, including range anxiety, a sparse charging network, and the higher upfront costs of electric vehicles. Additionally, the current economic situation, with higher interest rates and inflation, has further affected consumer interest in electric vehicles.

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Michigan has recently made a significant commitment to supporting the development of electric vehicles. The state has pledged a substantial $1.8 billion in subsidies for Ford’s electric vehicle plant in Marshall, with an additional $715 million allocated for a Gotion plant near Green Charter Township. These investments aim to accelerate the transition from traditional combustion engine vehicles to more sustainable and environmentally friendly alternatives.

According to John Mozena, the president of the Center for Economic Accountability, elected officials are jeopardizing the future of their communities by prioritizing electric vehicle plants.

“They are using public funds amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars or more to finance the construction of factories that produce cars that the general public has little to no interest in purchasing,” Mozena expressed. “This decision not only burdens taxpayers with long-term debt obligations but also diverts resources away from essential public services.”

According to Mozena, local public servants could have been funded with the subsidies allocated for electric vehicles. For the past four decades, the majority of consumers have opted for vehicles powered by internal combustion engines.

Mozena expressed in an email that the money being spent on subsidizing cars has significant costs. He emphasized that every dollar used for this purpose is a dollar that cannot be allocated to other crucial areas such as paying firefighters, teachers, paramedics, road construction workers, safety engineers at the local water plant, health department inspectors, and other essential public workers who contribute to creating safe and enjoyable communities to live in.

Michigan is currently facing a shortfall of 1.9 million electric vehicles in its ambitious plan to reach a goal of 2 million EVs by 2030. To bridge this gap, the state needs to add over 28,000 electric vehicles every month for the next 67 months. This concerted effort is crucial in order to meet the desired target and pave the way for a more sustainable future.

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According to Rep. Matt Hall, a Republican from Richland Township, the electric vehicle mandate has the potential to devastate jobs in the auto industry.

According to the speaker, Biden and Whitmer, referring to Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, continue to promote electric vehicles (EVs) to the public. However, they fail to acknowledge that EVs are both costly and unreliable. The general consensus is that people are not interested in purchasing them. Furthermore, their extreme environmental agenda may result in the closure of auto manufacturing plants, consequently causing unemployment among auto workers.

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