Rosencrance: Time to put the brakes on John A. Charles Jr.
Not sure where Mr. John A. Charles Jr., president of Cascade Policy Institute, a free market policy institute, gets his information ("Time to put brakes on Kate Brown's electric vehicle goal," commentary published June 18, 2021), but it appears to be worth what it cost.
Yes, electric vehicle sales were 252,548 in 2020. What he doesn't mention is that was an 11.1% increase over 2019, when the entire car market was down 15% from 2019.
Also, his analysis of alternative energy and needing two sets of power sources doesn't equate to anything I am aware of regarding wind and solar energy resources and the need for backup.
Lastly, there isn't much sense in his comparing volts in Lithium-ion batteries used to power cars to those of the lead acid batteries used to start them without considering the tanks of gasoline in those started cars.
Mr. Charles mentions the number-one selling vehicle in the US as being the Ford F-150 which is correct. He does not mention, however, that Ford as of June 10 had over 100,000 preorders for the F-150 Lightning fully electric model. Nor does he mention the Tesla has over 500,000 for its fully electric Cybertruck.
These are only two of the many new models of trucks and cars becoming available in 2021, 2022 and beyond.
Most of these models will address his other statements that electric cars are "expensive and unpopular." Perhaps he knows something that almost all other car manufacturers do not when they are moving toward exclusive or majority electric vehicle production by 2030-2040. Perhaps not.
Of course, it will be a long time before we all drive electric vehicles, but the trend is here, the need is here, and now is not the time to "Put the brakes on electric vehicle goals."
Building the infrastructure to support these trends will add thousands, perhaps millions, of good-paying jobs and better protect our environment. Gov. Kate Brown and the Biden administration are simply doing what good leaders do: support goals that are good for their country and state.
These goals are not driven by government, but by the market, and it is full speed ahead toward an electric future.
Layton Rosencrance is an Oak Hills resident.
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