November 29 – Car dealer trade groups are asking President Joe Biden and his administration to back off on the electric vehicle (EV) mandates because they just aren’t selling.
Customers aren’t out there who want vehicles that run on electricity.
Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “I think this should be a bigger story than it is. The idea that the government is going to mandate a very quick ramp up on X number, X percentage of cars that must be EV, the dealers are saying customers just are not responding.”
Just a few weeks ago, Ford announced the EV plant in Michigan would be reduced to the tune of billions of dollars.
Barkdoll said, “They were citing the same thing from a manufacturing standpoint, there’s simply not enough demand to meet all of these mandates that are coming down from Washington. Now the question is, will Biden just ignore this or will he do something to tweak or essentially delay all of these EV mandates?”
Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM noted, “What bothers me is just what you said this should be a bigger story. Unfortunately, the media, most of the mainstream media, has sided with a certain narrative when it comes to climate, when it comes to other social factors. This doesn’t meet their narrative so they’re not going to emphasize it. You do a Google search on this and maybe if you put a specific one in you’d get it, but if you just do a Google search, you get Axios, you get Fox Business, and Bloomberg and then Washington Examiner, Automotive News, Ars Technica. You don’t get ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, you don’t get them on your Google Search front page. So guess what? The narrative doesn’t get there. It’s not about not doing, it’s about people not understanding that the car dealerships are saying this.”
Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM added, “The mainstream media. All right. They’re dead. Alright. I got it. Here’s where reality is. How about the car dealers in our neck of the woods and the people that work there? These are major employers. We’ve got dealers all up and down Dual Highway. We’ve got dealers in Chambersburg. There are people that are working in the dealerships. They’re the salespeople. There’s the management team, they all understand. I don’t give a rat’s ass about the mainstream media right now. What I do care about is the reality is when we’re talking to the management team, and we see the people that are working in the dealership, they get it. They don’t need the mainstream media. They understand it, they see it. You see it right in front of your very eyes.”
Barkdoll confirmed, “These dealers are the guys in the trenches every day. They’re seeing on the ground around the country, there’s simply not enough demand for these EV vehicles in conjunction with these massive mandates coming from the federal government. You’re talking about the employment and the contributions these dealers make, remember, too, the massive contributions they make in revenue to state and local governments.”
The sales tax attached to every car sold is a big boon for the state.
Barkdoll noted, “That provides significant streams of income to state governments and there’s where I think the White House needs to be looking at this seriously because if the sales start to soften, it’s actually going to hurt state governments in a big way all over the country.”
Jansen said, “My only point I’m not talking about just the mainstream media, I’m talking about the narrative. When you do a Google search, most people never go beyond the first page of a Google search. Of course, most of our generation Z are going to TikTok. If you don’t have the narrative out there, it doesn’t matter how many of these dealers know it if you can’t get the message out. So fine. Let’s find another way to get that message out. I’m just concerned about this narrative, no wonder people believe in the hysteria over we have to have EVs and they don’t see the trade offs, the negative trade offs that these guys are trying to get the Biden administration to understand.”