The Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) has released a new report that the organization says details how electric vehicle (EV) mandates will force consumers into paying more in overall transportation costs and create potentially catastrophic pressure on the electric grid if those and other serious issues are not addressed beforehand.
The report, “Freedom to Fuel: Consumer Choice in the Automotive Marketplace,” also examines key constraints that must be addressed by policymakers before widespread EV adoption can successfully occur, including infrastructure build-out, the ability of electric generation to meet increased demand and critical mineral scarcity.
“Consumers across the country rely on a robust automotive marketplace to meet their mobility needs – whether it is for commuting to work and running errands, delivering goods, or finding a reliable used car for a new driver. This is why it’s imperative that any government overhaul of our automotive sector fully and completely consider every aspect of the value chain and deploy strategies to ensure a successful transition,” said Chris Ventura, CEA midwest director said. “Unfortunately, in the haste to pass EV directives, that has not been the case. In several states, and even at the federal level, policymakers are moving forward with proposals requiring the market to adopt electric vehicles without regard to the real-world implications these mandates will have on consumers, grid reliability or the economy. Not only will these hastily conceived policies harm families and businesses, they are also likely to slow consumer acceptance of EVs once prices rise and the electricity grid is unable to keep up with the increased demand EV mandates will bring. Already, most low- and middle-income earners, as well as seniors, struggle with the steep $60,000-plus average EV price, nearly $15,000 more than a traditional vehicle.”