1/ "The EV market is purely a government creation,” said auto analyst and investor Wahlman. “Take away government mandates, subsidies and other incentives, and EVs are a steady 0.1% of the market whether we’re talking about Laos, Louisiana or Luxembourg.”https://t.co/MRGAc7scxR— Montanner Skeptic (@montana_skeptic) March 12, 2020
2/ Anton Wahlman has his many detractors, and I disagree with him about many things, but he is absolutely spot on with his claim that the EV market, beyond a tiny niche, is purely a creation of governmental subsidies & mandates.— Montanner Skeptic (@montana_skeptic) March 12, 2020
3/ So, questions:— Montanner Skeptic (@montana_skeptic) March 12, 2020
Are policies materially ameliorating environmental problems, or merely shifting the tailpipe emissions?
Could the money be spent elsewhere to greater effect?
How wise is it to subsidize expensive cars for wealthy buyers while increasing energy costs for all?
The idea was to subsidize it until costs drop to the point of making EVs competitive with ICEs. We're a couple years away from that, but I'm still willing to believe that things pivot when that happens.— John Rosevear (@john__rosevear) March 12, 2020