The issue of whether or not the federal government should encourage more Americans to purchase electric automobiles is divisive in Congress.
A report shows that more than two dozen legislators have made the switch, including two Republicans in the House that are critical of President Joe Biden’s climate policy.
Thomas Massie (R-Ky), a conservative lawmaker, is a longstanding Tesla user and claims responsibility for installing the first charging stations for electric vehicles on Capitol Hill.
New York Democrat and supporter of the Green New Deal Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has one, too, but she is considering upgrading to a different model that uses union work.
Speaking of AOC, according to a 2021 report, she parked her Tesla in violation of city ordinances near a Whole Foods in her affluent neighborhood.
The socialist lawmaker can be seen on video loading up her Tesla as the high-end sports vehicle sits in a designated no-parking zone. Ocasio-Cortez was seen using a hotel dolly to move her purchases, which has been interpreted by some as a symbol of racial supremacy and economic injustice.
GOP Sen. Ted Cruz (TX), a Republican senator, is considering buying a Tesla because his children think they’re cool, and Musk relocated Tesla’s headquarters to Texas.
Biden’s EV regulations, with the tax breaks that House Republicans attempted to scale back just a few months ago, haven’t calmed partisan rancor on the Hill, and neither have attacks from former President Donald Trump, who spoke against expensive electric cars while campaigning in Michigan.
According to a report, the trend shows a supposed increasing acceptability of battery-powered vehicles and provides policymakers with an up-close look at the challenges many would-be owners face, such as a lack of charging stations and the still-high pricing of the vehicles.
A report shows that in keeping with his campaign pledge to turn New Jersey into the “California of the East Coast,” Democrat Governor Phil Murphy has proposed a ban on the sale of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035. Murphy introduced these environmental regulations on Monday as a component of the governor’s “Energy Master Plan,” which calls for automakers to produce only electric vehicles by 2035.