Buttigieg spars with Republicans over EVs, minerals

By Mike Lee | 06/28/2024 06:25 AM EDT

The Transportation secretary called “bizarre” one lawmaker’s characterization of electric vehicle sales.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg during a House hearing Thursday. He attempted to rebut Republicans assertions about electric vehicles. Mariam Zuhaib/AP

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg tangled with House Republicans on Thursday over the administration’s support for electric vehicles, with some lawmakers arguing the EV industry is floundering.

Last year, sales slowed from their blistering pace of previous years, prompting Republicans and former President Donald Trump to doubt the technology.

Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) said EVs are unpopular and questioned the billions of dollars that Congress and the Biden administration have spent subsidizing the cars and charging networks.


“It seems to me that the industry is in a bit of a tailspin, and the government-funded EV bubble appears to be deflating,” Perry, a former head of the House Freedom Caucus, said Thursday during a hearing of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.