Charles: Time to put brakes on Kate Brown's electric vehicle goal

John A. Charles Jr.

President Biden is proposing to spend $174 billion subsidizing the electric vehicle industry as part of his American Jobs Plan. His ultimate goal is to eliminate the vehicles most of us use today, powered by gasoline or diesel fuel. As he said recently at a press conference, "The future of the auto industry is electric. There's no turning back."

Actually, it would be easy to turn back, because almost no one is buying EVs. In 2020, the three most popular new cars in America were the Ford F series (787,422 units sold), the Chevrolet Silverado (586,675), and the Ram Pickup (563,676). The total number of all-electric cars sold was only 252,548, about 2% of the new vehicle market.