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Buttigieg says EVs are the ‘best’ solution to high gas prices, but are they affordable?

Buttigieg says EVs are the 'best' solution to high gas prices, but are they affordable?

Republicans attack US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg for comments he made about electric vehicles on a MSNBC talk show.

Discussing the high cost of gas in the US on Aug. 4, Buttigieg said, “The best thing we can do for the medium and long term is to give Americans more options through better fuel economy and better access to vehicles.” those that don’t need any gas at all, so Americans don’t have to worry about what’s happening in some Middle Eastern capital or some foreign war zone.”

But the question for US consumers is whether they can afford to buy an electric vehicle.

The median household income in the US was $64,994 from 2016-2020, according to the US Census. Studies show that people who buy electric vehicles are wealthier than the average American household.

“The average EV owner is still male, ages 40-55, with an annual household income of more than $100,000 (2019),” said one Fuel Institute report 2021. A blast point report found that the annual income of a family “ready to buy an electric car” was $150,000 in 2021.

One of the cheapest electric vehicles is the 2022 Nissan Leaf with a starting price of $27,400. It has a range of 149 miles before it needs a recharge, according to Edmunds. the 2022 mini Cooper SE sells for $29,900 with a range of 114 miles.

The Tesla Model Y was the best-selling electric car of 2021, according to Car and driver. That car will sell for $75,990 in 2022, according to Kelley Blue Book.

The state government provides subsidies to people to buy electric vehicles. There were only eight states in the US that…

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