Stephen Colbert, Comedian, Says High Gas Is No Big Deal, He Has An EV

Gotta love when a rich elite disses the not so well off

Colbert reportedly gets paid $16 million a year for doing his not funny late show, and rather proves what we’ve been saying: EVs are for the well off. The typical purchaser is making at least $150k-$200K a year. I’m also wondering, why does he even have a vehicle? His show is out of NYC. Why doesn’t he take all the mass transit? Or, is that too good for someone like him?

Environmental groups press California on electric car rules

Electric vehicleMore than 80 environmental groups and other organizations on Monday urged California Governor Gavin Newsom to impose tougher rules promoting electric vehicles even as the state is moving faster than President Joe Biden’s administration.

“Californians being punished by high gas prices and climate disasters deserve the fastest all-electric future Gov. Newsom can deliver,” said Scott Hochberg of the Center for Biological Diversity’s Climate Law Institute, one of the groups signing the letter.

The groups want Newsom and California air regulators to back requiring more electric vehicles faster than the current plans and to set more stringent annual emissions reductions for gasoline-powered vehicles. They called for 7% annual increases in emissions reductions for gasoline vehicles compared with 5% on average under standards adopted under President Barack Obama. (snip)

The letter, also signed by Greenpeace USA, the California Democratic Party Environmental Caucus and Friends of the Earth, want Newsom to consider requiring 80% or more zero emission vehicles by 2030.

How many members of these groups, the majority of which are California groups, have actually ditched their fossil fueled vehicles and purchased and EV? And, of course they’re pushing “equity” and such, but, people making average wages or less can neither afford and EV nor get a loan for one.

As gas prices head higher, many San Diegans are looking to trade their gas guzzlers for electric vehicles

San Diego’s gas prices hit a new record high Monday. As they did the day before, and the day before that, and what seems to be almost every day lately.

The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is now $5.38 a gallon in our county, and some stations are closer to $6. Prices here have risen 53 cents in the past week and $1.59 since this same time last year.

That has many San Diegans looking for ways to get around town without using gas, including electric cars. The advice from dealerships? “You gotta be patient,” said Dave McCracken, General Manager at Kearny Mesa Hyundai.

McCracken would love to have you drive off his lot today in a new electric car, but he doesn’t have a single one available, “because they’re selling as quickly as they come in.” So customers are joining waitlists.

But, few are coming in. And, again, unless you make well over $100k, you won’t be getting one, since the vast majority are outside the budget of most people. Let’s do some math (I’m not including fees, taxes, etc, and using an interest rate of 5% for 60 months) on some vehicles similar to the Hyundai Kona EV SEL

  • Honda Civic EX: $26,365/$498 a month
  • Honda Insight EX: $26,775/$505 a month
  • Honda Accord Sport Hybrid: $31,685/$598 a month
  • Kona SEL: Starting at $34,000/$642 a month

OK, so, the Kona is not super crazy unreasonable, if you can get one, right? The Kona will give you a maximum range of 258 miles. The Accord/Civic/Insight are 651/430/540. You can easily find somewhere to refuel them, right? Typically, an Accord will depreciate around 42% after 5 years. The vast majority of EVs, excepting Tesla, depreciate well over 50% in 5 years. The battery packs on a standard hybrid are rated to get 200-300k miles before being replaced. What of EVs, especially since they are in constant use? How many miles? Is $642 worth it vs an Insight, which is really more the same size a vehicle, being a compact sedan vs a Kona which is a subcompact SUV (it’ll be interesting to compare it to the HRV hybrid coming out this fall), knowing that the Insight will have much more value?

They’ll tell us “you’re saving money by going EV, since you don’t have to buy gas!” The Kona is $8220 more over 60 months. $137 a month. Are you spending that a month in gas? Will a bank give everyone a loan for $642? And, don’t forget, most EVs are above $40,000.

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11 Responses to “Stephen Colbert, Comedian, Says High Gas Is No Big Deal, He Has An EV”

  1. Professor Hale says:

    I see your mistake. You listened to a comedian and took him seriously. This particular comedian has a long history of democratic party activism. You should have just ignored him like other sensible people do.

    • david7134 says:

      This is the comedian that said if we passed Obamacare, we would get free health care. Instead, it is more expensive than ever.

  2. ruralcounsel says:

    Ignoring stupidity and evil is a tactical error. Better to confront and lambast the SOBs.

  3. Using the Commerce Department’s enhanced poverty index, which calculates in the costs of living, unlike the older dollar income only, California has the highest poverty rate in the nation. Just how are these people going to afford any new car, much less an electric?

    In 2020, there were 14 million new cars, and 39.3 million used cars sold in the United States. New cars are only 26.26% of total car sales, in large part because they are so expensive. The well-to-do seem incapable of understanding: the working class simply don’t have the options the wealthy do. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, who was caught taking a large SUV to close to work, then getting out and pedaling a bicycle for the camera the last little bit, has now said that the solution to high gasoline prices is to buy an electric car. The Honorable Secretary doesn’t seem to get it: most people can’t afford one!

    But for today’s patricians, the struggles of the plebeians to make it through life are simply so far outside of their conceptual framework that people like Mr Buttigieg can say that [insert slang term for feces here] with a straight face, because he, and they, really don’t understand economics and the lives of the working class.

    The dummkopf from Delaware, when he cancelled the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, on his first day in office, said that the workers would be able to get the good, high-paying union jobs in building the new green economy. What he never did understand is that the Keystone workers were getting laid off almost right then — the actual pipeline contracts were cancelled in May of 2021 — but those new, good, high-paying union jobs were somewhere off in the future . . . and those workers need to be able to put food on the table in the interim.

  4. L.G.Brandon!, L.G.Brandon! says:

    American Democrats who are really communist/fascists have declared war on the American middle class.

    First they declared the virus Covid akin to the Bubonic Plague And immediately did what they do best and divide America into essentials and non-essentials. See, with these pigs there is always a status for them and torture for us. They then went about forcing the firing of people they deemed non-essential while closing tens of thousands of small businesses (Trump voters) while keeping huge Democrat donors businesses open. They forced free people to wear useless masks and get injected with experimental drugs often against their will just to force compliance. Finally they have begun to admit masks don’t work, lockdowns don’t work and the vaccine wasn’t a vaccine at all. Corruption, avarice, tyranny.

    Next they stole an election and to this day refuse to visit the anomalies and abnormalities shown in videos and attested to by affidavits. Basically that shows how much they despise the working man. Then they call protesters that burn down cities and kill people “peaceful” but lock up actual peaceful protesters who neither burnt nor killed anyone “terrorists” and “insurrectionists” and throw them in prison without bail for months. Corruption, avarice, tyranny.

    Now as they face an election with an absolute horrid track record, easily the worst in American history they decided to pull us into a war between Russia and the Ukraine. Why? Both countries are run by corrupt autocrats who have no regard for human rights. What scares the hell out of me is the very people who have been fuking our brains out on every item from covid to gas prices and from transgenderism to riots agree with me on Ukraine.

    There has never been a time in my life till now where Brandon, Pelosi, Schumer, Harris, the squad, the entire Democrat party, every fukin’ RINO and all the leftist organizations, media and celebrities and friggin’ dOwd agreed with me and held my view on anything. So how is it I find that leaning toward the Ukrainian side of this dispute I’m in their company? Why would these American communists be so hot to trot against Putin? After all Putin himself was a communist most all his life and may still be for all I know.

    Could it all just boil down to they just wanting to get America in a nuclear war? Is it that dastardly? Could it be? Because morally there isn’t a red c-hair of difference between Russia and Ukraine that I can see. It’s a coin toss and I only take Ukraine because we have in-laws from there. And even then I don’t really give a crap.

    At this point I think that the lying liars who’ve spent 7 years lying to us from the moment Trump came down that escalator till today are still lying and are hiding something. IOW, I smell a leftist rat.

    Lets go Brandon, get us into a nuclear war and end this torture.

  5. david7134 says:

    I think the feeling you are having is similar to mine. My whole life all I have heard is Russia. They are the ultimate enemy. With the liberals creating a final confrontation I find myself saying get it on. Get it straighten out. We did not win WWII despite the propaganda. That conflict was started by France and England, for various reasons. They reacted to the invasion of Poland, actually part of Germany. Two weeks later Russia took the other half. The allies did nothing. In fact in secret meetings Churchill gave Stalin Poland and other nation states. Then he gave Russia the Poles we were fighting with and Stalin promptly killed them. So you could say we are still fighting that war. Kill em all.

  6. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    Ford F-150 leads in vehicle sales and the average transaction price of a 2018 Ford F-150 was $47,174.

    In fact the 3 top selling vehicle in the U.S. are the F-150, Dodge Ram and Chevy Silverado.

    The low price versions of the pickups are not well equipped as opposed to most EVs.

    There are a lot of $60,000 pickups that will soon take $100 to fill up and that get 12 mpg.

    • Hairy is fake News says:

      Dowd that is Hairy’s line.

      There are a lot of us who live in rural areas that need our pickups for hauling stuff. IE cattle trailers, horse trailers. We pull lawn mowing trailers, snow removal equipment. We are set up for snow removal with a plow on our 3/4 or 1 ton pick-up.

      We carry water tanks in the back of our trucks to water trees and shrubs around the property. We love to hunt and fish. Backpack, pull Trailers and boats. That’s why teh 3 top selling fuking vehicles in the USA are TRucks.

      I get it the communists do not want anyone to have the American Dream anymore.

      AGW is the biggest and most destructive scam on the world ever. EVER.

    • Dana says:

      The maestro from Missouri wrote:

      Ford F-150 leads in vehicle sales and the average transaction price of a 2018 Ford F-150 was $47,174.

      In fact the 3 top selling vehicle in the U.S. are the F-150, Dodge Ram and Chevy Silverado.

      Which means, of course, that’s what American consumers want. Of course, not all of them understand that while Dodge and Chevy make pickups, Ford builds trucks!

      My 2010 F-150 is one of the more basic models: it doesn’t have all of the electronic options which were available that model year, and one that it does have is an option I really didn’t want: power windows. I’ve had two prior vehicles in which the driver’s power window failed; to me, it’s just something else to break! I also wanted a standard transmission, but Ford stopped building four-wheel drive vehicles with manual transmissions.

      My previous, 2000 F-150, also bought new, was even more basic: V-6, five speed manual transmission, hand crank windows, and the only reason I traded it in was that I had moved from the flat land of the Hampton Roads area to the south end of the Poconos, and I needed four-wheel drive in the winter!

      L G Brandon wrote:

      So what you point out is that the “working men’s” trucks are the trop sellers. Therefore, the market is making it’s desires known and the radicals are trying to hurt the working man with gas prices because climate?

      I have to admit it: most of the Ford trucks and other brand pickups aren’t really sold to “working men,” but to guys who want to look tougher, and they rarely, if ever, carry anything more robust than groceries and beer, or, very rarely, a new recliner for the TV room. My truck is an actual work truck, and just yesterday I was hauling wood for trim in the living room!

      Still such is the consumers’ choice, and yes, the Biden Administration is very, very happy if the economy restricts consumer choices to things more in line with what Our Betters say we should choose.

  7. L.G.Brandon!, L.G.Brandon! says:

    dOwd: “Ford F-150 leads in vehicle sales and the average transaction price of a 2018 Ford F-150 was $47,174.”

    To be clear which would be novel for you, is that the “average transaction price” as new in 2018 or now in 2022 as a 4 year old used vehicle? Because if that’s new in 2018 it is irrelevant to today.

    dOwd: “In fact the 3 top selling vehicle in the U.S. are the F-150, Dodge Ram and Chevy Silverado.”

    So what you point out is that the “working men’s” trucks are the trop sellers. Therefore, the market is making it’s desires known and the radicals are trying to hurt the working man with gas prices because climate?

    dOwd: “The low price versions of the pickups are not well equipped as opposed to most EVs.”

    The “low price version” of any vehicle give up options for price. So what’s your point? People should be free to determine their own vehicle based on their own needs and desires, not yours, not AOC’s, not Brandon’s.

    dOwd: “There are a lot of $60,000 pickups that will soon take $100 to fill up and that get 12 mpg.”

    So the object IS for the Democrats in conjunction with their communist partners to hurt the working man by bleeding him of his hard earned money through the manipulation of gas/oil prices. Thought so. All the gaslighting and bullshitting Brandon can do does not hide this fact as you shall see in November. Unless you have a renewed plan to steal another election.
    Here is the actual rise of gas prices directly attributed to the child molester in the WH and his commie policies designed to hurt America and working Americans:

    You’ll notice none of this has anything to do with Russia or Covid or any other bullshit Brandon will try and blame. It’s all Democrats. THEY OWN IT!

  8. captainfish says:

    Don’t forget the cost of an in-garage charger that can charge your car faster than 8 hours after you go that 200 miles. You will also need to pay to have a 240volt line brought in to your house to power that charger. Oh, and don’t forget the potential for fires, so don’t keep that new expensive car in the garage at all. And if you replace your SUV/Minivan for these compact EVs, you can rule out going on vacations for the next decade as there still really isn’t ubiquitous coverage of EV chargers…. unless your vacation entails going from one walmart to another and then waiting for 20 minutes to a few hours, so that you can then drive for another few hours,… rinse and repeat.
    Also, most of those EVs will not be useful for soccer moms who need to haul around their 2 kids and their goods most days of the week.
    Will your EV keep you alive if you are stuck in a 3″ snow drift on the highway for a few days?
    If power goes out during a storm, will you be able to evacuate or get around, or help support or protect people… after your car runs out of energy in just a few hours?

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