If electric cars are so very necessary to prevent “climate change” – that imminently looming apocalypse – then why is the government that’s pushing them so hard refusing to allow the ones people could afford on the market?
In China, one can buy various electric cars for less than $10,000 – just as one can buy useful not-electric little trucks like the $9,000 Zhengtu pick-up truck made by GM’s Chinese subsidiary, Wuling, that Americans aren’t allowed to buy . . . in America.
How about an EV that costs about what three iPhones cost?
That would be the $4,500 Wuling Hongguang Mini. Also made by GM’s Wuling Chinese subsidiary.
It is the best-selling EV, in China – outselling Tesla, one of the government-mandated EVs Americans are allowed to buy. If they can afford to buy it. Which most Americans can’t because most Americans cannot even consider spending – financing – a car that will cost them close to $50,000 – plus interest.
Tesla founder Elon Musk claims he’s developing an EV that will cost less than $30,000 but he also claims he’ll be space-touristing people to Mars and even if his promise regarding a $30k-ish EV ends up being fulfilled, $30k-ish is still at least $10,000 less affordable than a non-electric economy car such as a Toyota Corolla or Hyundai Accent and $25,000 less affordable than the Wuling and other Chinese-available EVs that are unavailable in America.
But made by American corporations, such as GM.
Ask yourself . . . why is that?
Here – well, over there – is an electric car practically anyone could afford. An EV many high school kids could afford to pay cash for. An EV that makes financial sense, an attribute no EV available in America can tout.
The Wuling isn’t ludicrously fast, of course.
Because it’s meant to be ludicrously easy to buy. So as to encourage as many people as possible – especially young people – to buy one. It’s small and light – just under 1,500 pounds. For that reason, it only needs a 17.4 horsepower electric motor powered by a 9.2-13.8 kilowatt-hour battery pack that weighs a fourth what a Tesla’s 1,000 pound battery pack does.
A Tesla is designed for ludicrous speed, to make up for the fact that it isn’t affordable – its speed being responsible for that (and its absurd weight) in a ludicrous feedback loop that makes no sense unless the point of electric cars like the Tesla is to make sure most people cannot afford to drive one.