EVs and what other states are doing about them and for them and because of them


Despite opposition to the Biden administration’s spending of billions of dollars to promote electric vehicles and in effect kill gasoline-powered vehicles, other states report EV development.

For instance, regulators in New Mexico have approved El Paso Electric’s transportation electrification plan that includes a $4,000 electric vehicle purchase rebate for low-income customers.

In Oregon, it’s reported there was a 41% increase in 2023 of electric vehicle sales over those in 2022. As a result, Portland is among the nation’s top metros for new EV ownership.

In the northeast states of Maine and Connecticut, there have been setbacks to adopting electric vehicle sales targets, so New England clean transportation advocates are refocusing on charging in frastructure and consumer education.

New York’s governor plans to add 100 more EV fast-charging stations in New York City. But across the river, New Jersey car dealerships report they are not selling enough EVs ot seeing enough interest to meet the state’s clean transportation goals.

But the city of Saratoga Springs, New York is holding outreach events like a car show to educate people about the benefits of such vehicles and trying to highlight financial incentives for the purchase of the expensive vehicles.

In Virginia, the state has plans to install 18 EV charges through a federal program to fill in charging infrastructure gaps. While in Tennessee, a startup is manufacturing mobile, battery-powered fast chargers for EVs.

Concerns are being raised by Indiana environmentalists over the state’s choice of gas stations, truck stops and hotel chains for the first round of federally funded EV charging stations.

A report by Mother Jones contends EV charges are often inaccessible for people with disabilities.

Despite the efforts of some states, as OK Energy Today has reported in recent months, car dealers including those in Oklahoma have balked at the Biden administration’s pressure to sell EVs. They pointed out how EVs are stacking up on car lots because people cannot afford to buy them or simply don’t want them.

As a result, major U.S. auto makers have made cuts of billions of dollars in EV invesstment because demand has fallen way short of the overly optimistic volume forecasts.