Trump says he’s a ‘fan’ of EVs. That hasn’t stopped the lies.

Source: By Scott Waldman, E&E News • Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2024

New ties with Tesla CEO Elon Musk could explain why Donald Trump has softened his criticism of electric vehicles.

Former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally on Sunday in Las Vegas.

Former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally on Sunday in Las Vegas. John Locher/AP

Former President Donald Trump may be warming up to electric vehicles.

Not so much that he’ll stop using them as an attack line against the Biden administration. Or that he would temper his support for fossil fuels. But enough that Trump no longer is saying that EVs will lead to a “bloodbath for the country.”

Speaking to supporters in Phoenix on Thursday, Trump described himself as a “big fan of electric cars.” Three days later in Las Vegas, the presumptive Republican nominee for president agreed that EVs were “fine” — even if he had concerns about their range.

The comments mark a shift in tone for Trump.

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