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Secretary Buttigieg encourages Americans to turn to electric vehicles amid gas price hikes

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said on Sunday that those who buy electric vehicles will not have to worry about gas prices while the cost of fuel continues to rise.

The former mayor of South Bend, Indiana added that the Build Back Better plan incentivizes the purchase of electric vehicles.

Buttigieg told MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart that the Democrats’ proposed bill gives families a “$12,500 discount” and that “families who own that vehicle will never have to worry about gas prices again.” He added, “The people who stand to benefit most from owning an EV are often rural residents who have the most distances to drive, who burn the most gas, and underserved urban residents, in areas where there are higher gas prices and lower income.”

The comments follow legislation signed by President Joe Biden that passed on a bipartisan basis with the goal of improving the nation’s infrastructure. The house also passed an extensive social spending bill, which includes universal childcare and preschool, increased spending for homecare for disabled and elderly people. Other included measures are hearing coverage in Medicare and multiple provisions aimed at combatting climate change.

“If we can make the electric vehicle less expensive for everybody, more people can take advantage,” he said, “and we’ll be selling more American-made EV’s, which means in time they’ll become less expensive to make and to buy for everybody.”

Currently, Americans across the nation are facing high gas prices. Last week, the Biden administration announced that it would be tapping into the country’s strategic petroleum reserve to combat the rising prices and release 50m barrels. Buttigieg, who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, has been considered a candidate for president should Biden not seek reelection in 2024.

ARTICLE: ELIZABETH HERTZBERG

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: BUSINESS INSIDER

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