Compelling EVs don't need subsidies


If the latest electric vehicles are as truly compelling as their makers claim — no compromises compared with hybrids and internal combustion engine vehicles — then they should be able to sell themselves without subsidy (“It’s time for a full rethink on EV subsidies,” May 9).

Tesla continues to prove this. Ford proved it historically with the Model T, and its 2022 Maverick hybrid ($20,000 base price, 42 mpg city, 500 miles of driving range, etc.) provides the model for the wave of “affordable” electrified vehicles that the industry promises.

Gotta-have vehicles don’t need public welfare.

LINDSAY BROOKE, Editor-in-chief, Automotive Engineering, Plymouth, Mich. Automotive Engineering is the magazine of SAE International.