Though many Americans remain skeptical of EVs for a number of reasons, interest in those vehicles is also steadily rising, particularly as gas prices also rise to new record levels. In that regard, Ford is doing quite well, as its EV sales are growing faster than the overall segment, while the automaker also topped all non-luxury brands in terms of new EV registrations through the first four months of the year. Meanwhile, the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning remains the most considered EV pickup on the market, but one big question remains – how will folks that live in rural areas accept it? At least one person – former New Orleans mayor and current senior advisor and infrastructure coordinator in the Biden administration, Mitch Landrieu – thinks that those folks will welcome it with open arms, as he explained to Bloomberg.
“You all are gonna be driving Ford F-150s with electric batteries in them. That’s how that’s gonna work,” Landrieu said. “And rural America’s going to beat everybody to the punch – my prediction.”
It’s not a terribly surprising comment coming from the Biden administration, which has backed EV adoption from the very beginning. In fact, Joe Biden himself was able to drive a Ford F-150 Lighting prototype early on, and praised the pickup following that little jaunt.
In the months since, the Biden administration has ordered federal agencies to stop buying ICE vehicles by 2027 and recently debuted a minimum EV charging standards proposal that calls for all stations to have a minimum number of chargers and provide consistency in terms of payment methods and the types of chargers in use. Additionally, the administration recently announced that it will spend $3.1 billion on domestic EV battery production in an effort to lessen reliance on other countries.
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