Economist Warns Against Low-Cost Chinese EVs as a National Threat
As U.S. carmakers reduce electric vehicle (EV) production and consumer interest dwindles, there's concern that inexpensive Chinese EVs might flood the market, potentially creating a national security issue.
The reduced production creates a gap that Chinese EVs could fill, raising alarm about the possibility of these vehicles compromising American security.
Economist Diana Furchtgott-Roth of the Heritage Foundation advises against allowing Chinese EVs into the U.S. market due to fears of espionage and the potential for China to remotely disable vehicles amid geopolitical tensions.
BYD, a Chinese electric car company, outperformed Tesla in recent sales, signaling China's growing grip over the EV market. Tesla CEO Elon Musk acknowledges that Chinese automakers are highly competitive and pose a serious threat to global competitors without trade barriers.
Furchtgott-Roth highlights that poor performance of EVs in cold weather, such as the charging issues seen in Chicago, diminishes consumer interest. A report from the car insurance app Jerry revealed a drop in American consumers considering an EV for their next purchase.
She also cites the ambitious government targets for EV adoption by 2030 and concerns around fines for carmakers failing to meet these goals, which could result in higher costs for popular vehicle models.
Amidst these challenges, Furchtgott-Roth stresses the potential economic and national security risks posed by China's advancing EV technology.