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Automakers are charged up, but are you ready to buy an EV? – MPR News


Several of the biggest automakers are gearing up to release a fleet of new, sleek-looking and high-tech electric vehicles.

Ford, GM and Honda (in conjunction with Sony) plan to make non-combustion cars more available, both in price and inventory, to a larger part of the market. While this might give future buyers options, there is also an incentive from the U.S. government.

President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law plans to spend $7.5 billion to build half a million electric vehicle chargers across the country, helping ease range anxiety for EV drivers. The president has a goal for half of all new vehicles sold to produce zero-emissions by 2030. Also, there’s now a tax credit up to $7,500 for those who plan to buy new clean vehicles starting in 2023.  

So, will this be the year that transforms car-buying habits and puts more EVs on the roadways?  

Coming up at 9 a.m. on Thursday, MPR News host Angela Davis talks about electric cars and how the inventory in the auto market is set to change. We’ll look at how the largest car companies are not just charged up for the future, but how they’re teaming up with the tech industry to produce new electric vehicles. 

And we want to hear from you, too. If you own an electric vehicle, what convinced you to make the switch from your gas-powered car? And if you don’t own an EV right now, what’s holding you back?  

You can call us at 651-227-6000 or 800-242-2828 during the 9 a.m. hour or you can tweet @AngelaDavisMPR.

Guests:  

  • Rebecca Heilweil is a reporter at Vox covering emerging technology, artificial intelligence and the supply chain. You can also hear her stories on Recode, a podcast explaining a changing digital world.  

  • Jukka Kukkonen is the founder of Shift2Electric, a Minnesota-based electric vehicle consulting and training company. He’s also an instructor at the University of St. Thomas where he teaches courses about the EV market.

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