Social media is in a twitter after President Joe Biden went off on a tangent about the power of electric vehicles, declaring excitedly “You can plug your car into the house and make it light up.”
In a video viewed nearly half a million times since uploaded Wednesday, Biden addressed the Infrastructure Talent Pipeline Challenge–a nationwide call to action to make tangible commitments to broadband, construction, and electrification–and who knows what he was supposed to be talking about when he instead mused wonderingly about the power of EVs.
“By the way, in your home, you know, the batteries that we have now – they’re getting more and more sophisticated,” he said. “Guess what? You can plug your car into the house and make it light up.”
The audience chuckled at Biden’s enthusiasm, prompting the president to stress that he was serious.
Biden: “A lightning storm takes out all the electricity in the house, guess what? You can plug your car into the house and make it light up. You think I’m joking.” pic.twitter.com/9CM0MpxJKk
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) November 2, 2022
“You think I’m joking?” Biden asked. “It’s a little simplistic, but you literally you can, literally you can.”
Biden pondered the benefits of such an option when rolling blackouts impacted swathes of the U.S. during the summer months.
“Oh this summer. It really is kind of exciting,” he gushed.
Social media was quick to respond that they wished the president was “joking,” as he likes to say.
Joking? No, I don’t think you’re joking. I think you’re quire serious. That terrifies me.
— DonnaCattolica (@DonnaCattolica) November 2, 2022
Which I guess is cool until you can’t go to work in the morning because you drained your car battery. Or, instead of $60k car, you can get a $300 generator and power your house and still drive to work in the morning.
— Matt Parks (@MattyParks12) November 2, 2022
Of more concern to some was the fact that Biden advocated for something that would completely void the warranty of any Tesla vehicle.
But using your electric car to power you house voids the warranty.
Joe Biden doesn’t understand how anything in the real world works.https://t.co/FxKEdypC2m
— Tricia Flanagan (R-NJ) (@NewDayForNJ) November 2, 2022
In 2021, a Tesla owner bragged on social media about using his vehicle to power his home.
“So if you are out of power from the storm you can power parts of your home from your car. here I’m using a 2,000 watt inverter from Harbour Freight for $170. Connect to your battery, the shorter the wires the better,” the Tesla owner wrote. “Then I have an extension chord to my gas furnace to power the blower and furnace computer. That alone draws about 1,100 watts. Then I still have enough for my refrigerator and a few lights.”
He quickly found out that bragging wasn’t a great choice. Tesla’s warranty policy clearly states the warranty limitations include using the vehicle as a stationary power source.
It pains me to post this, but if you used awesome battery of your Tesla car to keep lights on in time of need, DO NOT brag about it on social media! It’s a warranty voiding activity. Like whole-car-warranty voiding
Also don’t connect to 12V battery directly, connect to penthouse pic.twitter.com/KoZcZmwEF0
— green (@greentheonly) February 20, 2021
Other social media users were quick to point out how out of touch Biden’s comments were.
Somebody must have shown him the Ford F-150 Lightning commercial that shows this exact scenario and maybe he thinks every EV can do it…
— Jonathan Sabin (@jonathanwsabin) November 2, 2022
A miracle! …
Available for only $95,000
— Mark Shark (@SharkAttackMark) November 2, 2022
I have a generator and it didn’t cost $80k.
— ILUBosco (@BoscoIlu) November 2, 2022
But your generator runs on fossil fuel unlike the electric car which is charged by a power grid predominantly fueled by, (checks notes)….eh nevermind.
— JD (@darknesspassing) November 2, 2022
Biden has long touted EVs as an answer to soaring gas prices, even though it appears he knows little to nothing about them, employing the Defense Production Act to force Americans to switch from gas-powered to electric vehicles.
“Under my plan, which is before the Congress now, we can take advantage of the next generation of electric vehicles,” Biden said in April. “That typical driver will save about $80 a month from not having to pay gas at the pump.”
In September the self-described “car guy” hopped in a gas-powered Corvette and professed, “You all know I’m a car guy. Just gives me a sense of optimism — although I like the speed too. Under my economic plan, the great American road trip will be fully electrified.”
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