TO THE EDITOR:
The electric vehicle push continues regardless of every indication that it's a flawed plan. Data says it will not work, and at the very best, it's being pushed far too fast ("Dealer skepticism meets Biden EV push," autonews.com, Feb. 10).
Manufacturers cannot make a profit selling EVs, and infrastructure is not even close to what's needed. Despite these facts in an inflationary environment, this administration has convinced the automakers to blindly follow a path that has no possibility of success. Raising the cost of EVs for consumers by those not generating a profit making them, and demanding dealers add to their costs to sell the vehicles, is clearly not a business plan but an emotional reaction.
Hybrids were introduced over 20 years ago, and the push to adopt them was as it is for EVs now. Consumers did not accept this direction for many reasons. Cost and trust of the technology is why we are not all driving them now.
The survey cited in this article shows that dealers who have to run their businesses for a profit do not trust this direction. No matter how many supportive comments are printed, math is math, and math is why this is a flawed plan.
WILLIAM PHILLIPS, President, Accountability in Management, Laguna Hills, Calif. Accountability in Management provides training and consulting for dealerships on sales process compliance.