While a great deal of attention has been focused on Gov. Lujan’s anti-gun policies recently, but it is worth noting that she remains committed to eliminating individual choices New Mexicans make when they purchase a car.
A recent story involving Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm highlights the challenge of EV’s. According to NPR, “Granholm’s trip through the southeast, from Charlotte, N.C., to Memphis, Tenn., was intended to draw attention to the billions of dollars the White House is pouring into green energy and clean cars.”
Her caravan of EVs — including a luxury Cadillac Lyriq, a hefty Ford F-150 and an affordable Bolt electric utility vehicle — was planning to fast-charge in Grovetown, a suburb of Augusta, Georgia.
Her advance team realized there weren’t going to be enough plugs to go around. One of the station’s four chargers was broken, and others were occupied. So an Energy Department staffer tried parking a nonelectric vehicle by one of those working chargers to reserve a spot for the approaching secretary of energy.
That did not go down well: a regular gas-powered car blocking the only free spot for a charger?
In fact, a family that was boxed out — on a sweltering day, with a baby in the vehicle — was so upset they decided to get the authorities involved: They called the police.
Later on in the story it is noted that “According to the auto-data giant J.D. Power, worries about public chargers are the No. 1 reason why would-be EV buyers are reluctant to make the switch, even outranking concerns about high prices. And driver satisfaction with public chargers is getting worse, not better.”
Numerous problems with EV’s can be found in the story.
Because New Mexico is not alone among “blue” states in embracing EV mandates. Thus, Rio Grande Foundation has joined a national coalition called “Save our Cars” to fight back against those like Michelle Lujan Grisham who would take away our vehicle choice.
Find out more about the national Save our Cars Coalition which Rio Grande Foundation is a member of by clicking below.
Finally, federal legislation has been introduced in Congress to preserve Americans’ right to purchase the car of their choice. H.R. 1435, the Preserving Choice in Vehicle Purchases Act, led by Rep. John Joyce would end California’s and New Mexico’s (to name two states) efforts to ban gas-powered cars and preserve Americans’ ability to choose the vehicles that best suit their lives.