Buttigieg explained to MSNBC's Jonathan Capehart Sunday that the Biden administration's Build Back Better legislation includes reasons for families to shift to electric vehicles.
"Most of the physical infrastructure work was contemplated in the bill that was just signed, but there is more envisioned in the Build Back Better law," Buttigieg explained. "I'll give you one example: It contains incentives to make it more affordable to buy an electric vehicle, up to a $12,500 discount in effect for families thinking about getting an EV."
"Families that once they own that electric vehicle will never have to worry about gas prices again," he added.
Buttigieg said that rural drivers have, potentially, the most benefit from using electric vehicles.
"The people who stand to benefit most from owning an EV are often rural residents who have the longest distances to drive. They burn the most gas," he explained. " And underserved urban residents in areas where there are high gas prices and they're lower income. So they would gain the most by having that vehicle."
Buttigieg maintained saying that if electric vehicles can be made less expensive and less viewed as a luxury item, then people can reap the cost benefits and buy electric vehicles made in America instead of overseas.
Buttigieg's remarks come as gas prices continue to grow in the United States amid a continued supply chain distress.
That silver Dodge Ram Warlock with the 5.7-liter V-8 Hemi engine must have been pretty nice when gasoline prices hovered around $4 a gallon. However, with gasoline topping $6 a gallon at some Los Angeles-area stations, a bit of sour's been added to the mix.
Massive gasoline and diesel prices are destroying driver budgets across the land, small cars or large. But filling up a pickup truck or truck-size SUV burns hottest, given the extra weight and lower gas mileage that come as a trade-off for efficiency and size.
Like many, George Moreno uses his pickup for work. The downtown Los Angeles resident runs a warehousing and logistics company. Heavy-duty trucks do most of the work, but he often uses his Ford F-150 for smaller runs. Fuel costs "are so important to us, definitely," Moreno, 52, said outside the Home Depot. It's difficult "to keep our prices at a fair level while watching our costs go up."
Drivers of pickup trucks are undergoing the effects more than others. Their extreme pain at the pump reveals significant changes in the form of what are now America's most popular vehicles.
Back in 1960, a standard Chevy pickup weighed 3,535 pounds. Today, the equivalent Chevy Silverado weighs 4,257 pounds, up 20%.