Opening a can of worms
Nothing is more divisive than the debate over electric vehicles. Even my own son is in the anti-EV camp and we go round and round regularly over ICE (internal combustion engines) and fully Battery Electric cars, and now trucks.
Today I got my first walk around inspection of the new Ford Lightning F-150 fully electric truck for which I have a $100 reservation on. It is the first one my dealership has received and is a demo only. They still don't know when more will come, but I am number 37 on the list to get one. The sales manager hinted sometime next year. Maybe.
I'm starting to have second thoughts.
It's a four-door behemoth that sits high off the ground with a short bed that you will need a ladder to get into.
It's not really a truck. It's more like an oversized four door sedan with no trunk lid.
It is very different from my 1986 Mazda B-2000, which has an 8-foot bed and seats two, but I can reach into the bed from both sides and the back easily and it will carry my kayaks and 10 or 12 foot sticks of lumber without needing a flag.
Unfortunately, it has 371k miles on it and yesterday the driver side door panel fell off and it won't fit on the shelf where all the other parts that have fallen off over the years are stored. So it lays there in that big ol' 8-foot bed, all alone.
The Ford, however is all wheel drive, but not four wheel drive with a low range. It only has one forward speed.
And I can't use the level two charger I've installed at home for my Nissan Leaf. I'll have to buy the Ford unit.
And they raised the price $6000. Now I'm afraid it won't qualify for the $7500 Federal Tax Credit, which has a ceiling of somewhere around $43,000.
I was counting on that tax credit.
Now I'm told, by the sales manager himself, that under the new Inflation Reduction Act rules all the components have to sourced from here in America to qualify, potentially knocking out all EVs from the credit.
Nice slight of hand to get rid of the tax credit entirely and still appear like you are doing something good.
It will have the opposite effect of not encouraging the purchase of electric vehicles.
So, what else is in this bill?
I can't wait for Biden to sign it so Pelosi can read it.
The floor is open.