Electric car incentives coming soon

I have said this before, and will no doubt say it again, but I just don’t understand why socialists, once they get into government (one way or another) have this habit of hitting hardest at those people that vote for them and here we go again. At a time when people on low incomes, many of whom drive low-value cars, (because that is all they can afford) are feeling significant pain at the fuel pump, the government is set to roll out incentives for those that can afford to buy an EV.

Newshub  reports (and watch out for the supercharged levels of virtue signalling if you decide to read the entire article): quote:

Climate Change Minister James Shaw, whose ministerial car is electric, says we should see electric vehicles for more Kiwis soon. end quote.

It is very easy to afford an EV when the taxpayer is footing the bill. This is nothing to be proud of. quote:

“We’ve got a big programme of work in Government looking at how to bring down the up-front cost of the vehicles, because that’s really putting a lot of people off at the moment,” he said.

“The running costs are pretty good – it’s 30 cents a litre which, compared to petrol, is pretty competitive.” end quote.

As most of the charging stations allow EV drivers to fill up for free, no wonder it is so cheap to run an EV. All at the hands of taxpayers, many of whom are struggling to afford to fill up their own cars. Absolutely disgraceful. quote.

He says at this stage, he doesn’t know how much those buying electric cars will get back, and says it’ll depend on the model of the car.

But people can start making a difference now by taking the bus if they can and keeping political pressure on, Mr Shaw said. end quote.

Great idea, James. I live in a suburb up a steep hill that has no public transport whatsoever. Believe me, it would be great fun walking up this hill carrying groceries. But no matter, James. You just climb into the back of your EV and virtue signal your way around Wellington. quote:

“By the year 2030, our emissions will be a third lower than they were in 2005. In the next 10 years, we really have to bend that curve.”

Mr Shaw says the package and incentive to buy electrical vehicles will be out “soon”. end quote.

So the government is actually going to provide discounts on the price of new vehicles for those that can afford them. Is this really a good use of taxpayer funds? The fact that the uptake on electric vehicles is so low is actually telling us something, even though the cost of running them is almost non-existent. Clearly, even those that can afford them are not overly taken with electric cars. They just don’t travel far enough on one charge for most of us to be interested in driving them.

I have also noticed (purely in doing some research for this article, you understand, not out of any personal interest) that the resale value of electric vehicles can fall away dramatically once they are a couple of years old. I assume the reason for this is because no one really knows how long the batteries will last, and replacing them can be expensive. Compare that with the resale value of a diesel-burning Toyota Hilux… well, as they say, no contest.

I don’t really care how much virtue signalling you can do in a Nissan Leaf. The government should not be using taxpayer’s money to give people who can afford new cars a discount. This brings middle-class welfare to a whole new, unprecedented level.

It won’t make any difference of course. James Shaw is determined to make the least carbon-emitting country in the world even more so. I just wish it was his own money he was splashing around.


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