Trump’s funny speech against the electric car

It’s been a long time since we’ve heard from Donald Trump. And it is clear that the former President of the United States, despite his withdrawal for a while from the front of the stage, still does not have his tongue in his pocket.

The former US president is working for the midterm elections, scheduled for November 8. During a meeting in Pennsylvania, the tycoon launched into an unfortunate monologue against the electric car.

Honey for haters

“We have to get rid of this stuff”, these are the words with which he aroused the enthusiasm of a crowd of detractors. But why so much hate? The fault (also) of certain, to say the least, questionable remarks by the former tenant of the White House on the subject of mobility. Starting with the one concerning the price of gasoline in the United States, which, under his administration, would have cost 1.87 dollars per gallon (1 gallon = 3.78 liters).

A story that not only does not correspond to the truth, as shown by data published by the US Energy Information Administration (where the low is $1.938/gal in April 2020, at the height of the pandemic), but which seems to imply in Trump’s remarks a conspiracy to harm combustion vehicles, with the aim of favoring battery-powered cars.

The disgruntled friend

Yes, Trump has attacked his successor, Joe Biden, head-on in every possible way over the US administration’s push for sustainable mobility. Unfortunate that Trump had no qualms during his tenure in taking credit for the electrification investments announced by manufacturers. Let’s not forget his “I am for electric cars“, pronounced at the end of September 2020 and sprinkled with bluster on the “great incentives” granted, in fact, by his predecessor Obama.

Perhaps it is the supposed friend whose strange anecdote he reports that made the tycoon change his mind? Having to make frequent trips between Kentucky and Washington, this acquaintance would have bought an electric car to travel emission free and do no harm to the planet. And Trump to get entangled in his story, talking about a fuel consumption of 38 miles per gallon (6 l/100 km). For electric…

A nonsense that could, however, be partially justified by the miles per gallon equivalency (MPGe) system used by the EPA to measure the fuel consumption of alternative fuel cars abroad. The lowest result in the US, however, is from the Audi e-tron S and speaks of 63 MPGe. It’s quite confusing, but something doesn’t seem to stick, even with all the good will.

Chapter on pricing and costs

Not content with this, the former president has then mentioned the recharges more than two hours, which would have led his friend to reconsider his ecological choice. There too, there is a bit of misunderstanding, because the existence of ultra-fast charging stations, the only ones that make sense along the main roads, is completely ignored.

Then there is the chapter on purchase costs. A real and very important question, but one that is approached a little too casually. Electric cars still have an obviously higher starting price than the corresponding thermal models, but they certainly don’t cost more than double as Trump has indicated.

Et to be precise, it must also be recognized that maintenance and operating costs can guarantee even considerable savings in the medium and long term. In summary, electricity is not the cure for all ills and still has many limitations. But beware of spreading “fake news” by reporting vague anecdotes. Fake news for which we know the taste of the former president!