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The Biden administration took its campaign for electric vehicles to the state capital of Texas on Thursday, with Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg pitching Austinites on why they should ditch gas-powered cars.
"Some of the best use cases for electric vehicles are in places like Texas, places where people spend more time in their vehicles, where you drive longer distances than in a dense coastal city, and therefore spend more money on gas and therefore would save more money, provided you can afford an electric vehicle, which is why we're fighting to make electric vehicles cheaper," Buttigieg told a crowd in a wide-ranging interview at the Texas Tribune Festival.
The $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which Buttigieg helped usher through Congress last year, includes $7.5 billion for electric vehicle charging infrastructure and $7 billion for supply chains related to the minerals necessary for electric cars.
An extensive charging station network will be necessary in Texas, the second-largest state in America with about 3,400 miles of interstate highways.
CALIFORNIA'S ELECTRIC CAR MANDATE COULD SPREAD TO OVER A DOZEN STATES