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Americans Don't Want to Pay for Neighbor's Electric Vehicle

September 18, 2015

To cut carbon emissions Congress has passed numerous incentives to encourage consumers to make eco-friendly decisions, such as the purchase of electric vehicles (EV). A recent survey of voter attitudes toward government subsidization of electric vehicles shows that of a sample of 1013 likely voters, U.S. taxpayers were skeptical of government decisions regarding vehicles or fuels.

  • Those making $150,000 a year or more should not receive a $7,500 tax credit for purchasing an EV, responded 76 percent of those surveyed.
  • 83 percent replied they did not trust the federal government to decide which kinds of cars should be subsidized or mandated.
  • Electricity rate payers should not be compelled to pay for EV charging stations according to 74 percent of respondents.

Overwhelmingly, it seems U.S. taxpayers are opposed to government involvement in energy and transportation choices. Policymakers would do well to allow the electric-vehicle industry compete on its own merits rather than encouraging taxpayers through subsidies to purchase EVs.

Source: "Survey: Americans Don't Want to Pay for Neighbor's EV," American Energy Alliance. September 15, 2015.


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