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Buttigieg Tries His Hand at Cherry-Picking July 20, 2022

Posted by geoff in News.

Pete Buttigieg, who exposes his incompetence weekly (which is actually far less often than his superiors in the administration), thinks he scores a point on Rep. Scott Perry:

“I think it’s fair to say that even you have implied that [consumers] should buy an electric vehicle and absolve themselves” of that cost, Perry told Buttigieg. “Just looking at Kelley Blue Book, the price of an EV is about $55,000,” he added.

Buttigieg responded: “First of all, I want to be clear, nobody I know, certainly not me, thinks that all, or even most Americans, can easily afford electric vehicles.”

“That said, I’m struck by this $55,000 number that keeps going around,” Buttigieg said.

“I knew this might come up, so I just pulled a few of the latest prices: A Chevy Bolt, so an American-made, 2022 EV, is $26,595,” he told Perry.

Going to the Chevy website, here are the starting prices for their electric vehicles (pictures here and below taken from their site):

Those are 2022 prices, which are higher than Buttigieg’s number because last month Chevy announced that their 2023 price would be lower by $5K. [Sad that Pete is relying on future prices to assuage the pain consumers are feeling right now.] Either way, let’s compare to Chevy’s low-end gas-powered options.

The Spark and the Bolt EV have very similar bodies, but the Spark is half of even Buttigieg’s discounted price.

Of course, neither the Bolt nor the Spark are among the best-selling cars/trucks/SUVs in America (here are the top 25 for 2021). Why? Because they have limited space and few features. They are cars that work well for people with short commutes and a lot of city driving, but they’re not the best choice for a family car, for instance.

This is why we compare averages, Mr. Buttigieg, instead of cherry-picking the cheapest car and pretending that it represents a valid solution for all American consumers.


1. Jimbro - July 20, 2022

Buttigieg needs to stay away from cherries

2. Jimbro - July 20, 2022

I did see a few references to less expensive EV’s on Twitter and was wondering what it was about. Now I know. And still couldn’t care less.

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