Biden Shares Tweet Touting Tax Credits for EVs – Users Quickly Point Out a Flaw


President Joe Biden and his administration are on a mission to convince Americans to transition to electric vehicles (EVs). But their messaging is comically bad.

In a tweet on Monday, Biden shared a picture of himself smiling in a GMC Hummer EV.

“On my watch, the great American road trip is going to be fully electrified,” the tweet declared. “And now, through a tax credit, you can get up to $7,500 on a new electric vehicle.”

The new electric Hummer looks nice and, on its face, seems like the kind of vehicle with the potential to entice fans of gas-guzzling SUVs and pick-up trucks to switch over.

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But there was a problem with the tweet, and users quickly identified it: the vehicle in the picture is too expensive to qualify for the tax credit.

Riley Beggin, a Washington correspondent for The Detroit News, tweeted, “The GMC Hummer EV Pick-up Edition 1 POTUS is driving here costs >$110k and isn’t eligible for the tax credit.”

According to the Internal Revenue Service’s website, the vehicle must be bought new to qualify for the tax credit.

The vehicle’s manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) cannot exceed $80,000 for vans, SUVs, and pick-up trucks. And it cannot exceed $55,000 for other electric vehicles. So the Hummer blows past the limit.

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On top of not qualifying for the tax credit, the vehicle Biden is riding in in this picture has not received the best reviews. Car and Driver and CNET both complained about the quality of the materials on the interior and panned its range.

Apparently, Biden’s staffers did not read CNET’s review of it either because if you’re trying to reach ordinary Americans, this is probably not the vehicle to do it with.

“The GMC Hummer EV isn’t here to be practical. It’s a moonshot vehicle, an aspirational purchase that seeks to convince internal combustion, bro-truck holdouts that the cars of the future can be ‘badass,’ too,” it declared.

CNET summed up the Hummer as “so damn wasteful.”

“Moonshot,” “wasteful,” and “not practical” are not the words you want to see associated with a car the President of the United States is highlighting.

If Biden wants to encourage people to buy EVs, tweeting pictures of $100,000 cars will not help.

“Worried about high gas prices? Just buy a $100,000 car” is not a good message.

It will also set expectations that will likely leave potential buyers disappointed when they realize what they want in an EV is out of their price range.

Some car companies, such as Ford and Tesla, have announced they will lower prices for some models.

But according to Kelly Blue Book, the average new car sold in the U.S. for $49,507. Meanwhile, the average fully electric car sold for $61,448 — or 24% higher. So there’s quite a bit of room for prices to come down before electric vehicles will really start to be widely adopted.

Some EVs are more affordable. But they have shorter ranges than more expensive models, and some do not qualify for the tax credit. And the cheaper models lack the plush interiors and fancy features of the higher-end options.

Of course, there is still the issue of the limited charging infrastructure nationwide — making it hard to go on a “great American road trip.”

The high-end EVs might be cool or “badass,” but if you’re putting that image in Americans’ minds and they find out the car in their price range is nowhere near what they pictured, they’ll probably stick with their combustion engines for a little longer.

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