WASHINGTON, DC – Earlier in June, Democrat Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan managed to showcase peak levels of obliviousness regarding the concerns of average Americans, boasting about how she’s not worried about “how high” gas prices are because she owns an electric vehicle.
During a Senate Finance Committee hearing conducted on June 7th, Senator Stabenow couldn’t hold back her ear-to-ear grin while bragging about how she was able to drive past all the gas stations from her home state to D.C. because she was finally able to obtain an electric vehicle.
“I just have to say on the issue of gas prices, after waiting for a long time to have enough chips in this country to finally get my electric vehicle, I got it and drove it from Michigan to here this last weekend and went by every single gas station and it didn’t matter how high it was. And so, I’m looking forward to the opportunity for us to move to vehicles that aren’t going to be dependent on the whims of the oil companies and the international markets.”
The out-of-touch comments from Senator Stabenow mirror those in spirit that President Biden said months earlier, where he emphasized that acquiring an electric vehicle could save vehicle owners roughly $80 a month in gas expenses.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg was among the first in the Biden administration to urge Americans to simply buy electric vehicles if they were worried about rising gas prices, saying last November that Americans who purchase an electric vehicle will “never have to worry about gas prices again.”
During an appearance on MSNBC last November, Buttigieg stated, “The people who stand to benefit most from owning an EV are often rural residents who have the most distances to drive, who burn the most gas, and underserved urban residents in areas where there are higher gas prices and lower income.”
The Transportation Secretary added, “They would gain the most by having that vehicle. These are the very residents who have not always been connected to electric vehicles that are viewed as kind of a luxury item.”
What makes statements like Buttigieg’s and others similar to it so out of touch is because electric vehicles, when considering their average price, generally are luxury items. Even CNBC admitted this to be the case in a December 2021 article, noting the “average transaction price for an electric vehicle (EV) is $56,437” which places these category of vehicles as an “equivalent to an entry-level luxury car.”
Realistically, Americans who are feeling financial pressures of rising gas prices are not going to be in any financial position to go purchase an electric vehicle with a ticket price of around $57K (considering the monthly payment on such a vehicle would be in a $1K range on a 60-month loan).