Why Not Just Give Them Away- Unfair EV Tax Breaks Edition



March 13, 2015


Why Not Just Give Them Away Edition –

Unfair EV Tax Breaks


Let me ask you folks a question. If you wanted an EV, wouldn’t you have one by now? Apparently, California legislators know people really, really want one, so they are proposing to give even greater tax benefits for buyers of EVs.


www.autoblog.com/2015/03/08/california-more-tax-benefits-green-cars/ At this point, why doesn’t California take taxpayer money and buy a fleet of EVs and then just give them away? Seriously. Legislators want to put a million EVs on the road by 2023 so badly they just keeping discounting them.


Let’s ask another question. Typically, when someone has lots of product to move and there is very little interest, what happens? The seller or holder of the product gives deep discounts in hopes of reducing stock, right? But is that the most cost-effective way of doing business? What kind of loss is the manufacturer taking?


Yes, I think Tesla is doing EVs right. BUT. If people wanted EVs they would have bought them already. This angers me, not because I care so much about the bottom line of the manufacturers that were more or less strong-armed by the government into producing an unpopular technology, but why should an EV buyer get a better tax break when my modern fuel-efficient vehicle doesn’t?


This is almost one of those green moral superiority movements, isn’t it? I can hear the collective EV voice saying (while looking down its nose at the rest of us) “EV is a better tech than your tired old gasoline engine so we are going to give more benefits and privileges for those who want to get on board.”


Wrong. Representative government’s job is to represent the people. And since the majority of people do not have EVs what right does the California legislature have to force its will on the people? Because that is what this is. Forcing the will of government idealism on the people.


Don’t believe me? Remember when the U.S. government took money from taxpayers to fund research into green vehicles, and then mandated we make the move to greener vehicles? How many of those companies succeeded? Then government at the state level decided to take more tax money form the majority of the people for rebates to the minority of EV or green tech drivers. So they took money up front for the research, and then took more on the back end, too?


Yet, state and federal governments can’t balance a budget or find money for infrastructure? Are you kidding me? This is absurd. You want an EV? Pay for it like the rest of us pay for our cars.


But what do you think?


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My Final Thought:


Doesn’t be this guy: www.autoblog.com/2015/03/06/man-accused-of-buying-auto-insurance-from-scene-of-car-wreck/


Allegedly this man bought insurance from the scene of his accident, waited until the following morning, and then filed his claim. I wonder if this man realized that when you file a claim, insurers will investigate if it sounds fishy. Of course my comments are contingent on the courts finding him guilty.


In any case, drivers shouldn’t be driving without insurance. It’s the law, and it’s good practical sense. Don’t drive without insurance please.



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