If electric vehicles are so great, why do they have to be mandated?

MINOT, N.D. — You folks all remember the time a bunch of state governments got together and mandated that a certain percentage of smartphones be delivered to retails for sale?

Americans would never have adopted the iPhone if the government hadn’t forced manufacturers and phone dealers to make them available, right?

Wrong. The government never had to mandate the availability of the smartphone. As those devices matured, they found their place in the market with millions upon millions of people who wanted them.

Why can’t we let electric vehicles find their own place in the market?

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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