Canadian-American lawyer, former MI governor and current energy secretary Jennifer Granholm went on a road trip tour in an electric vehicle to prove how great electric vehicles are.
Granholm’s trip through the southeast, from Charlotte, N.C., to Memphis, Tenn., was intended to draw attention to the billions of dollars the White House is pouring into green energy and clean cars.
She ran into trouble almost immediately as they found not enough charging stations. She sent her staff ahead with a gas car and had them reserve a spot for her at the electric stations.
This is ironic as in August 2016, she joined the board of ChargePoint, a corporation which manages a network of electric vehicle charging stations and in March 2017, Granholm also joined the board of Proterra, a manufacturer of electric buses and charging stations.
This entire administration is absolute satire at this point. Apparently energy secretary Jennifer Granholm went on a road trip tour in an electric vehicle to prove how great electric vehicles are. They ran into trouble almost immediately as they found not enough charging… pic.twitter.com/fj8ERxnKlW— 🇺🇸Travis🇺🇸 (@Travis_in_Flint) September 11, 2023
The problem was that the family that was boxed out — on a sweltering day, with a baby in the vehicle — was so upset they decided to get the authorities involved: They called the police.
The sheriff’s office couldn’t do anything. It’s not illegal for a non-EV to claim a charging spot in Georgia. Energy Department staff scrambled to smooth over the situation, including sending other vehicles to slower chargers, until both the frustrated family and the secretary had room to charge.
Our Secretary of Energy tried to take a four-day road trip in electric vehicles in an attempt to get more Americans to use EVs.— Savanah Hernandez (@sav_says_) September 11, 2023
A family with a baby in the car ended up calling the cops on her after one of her staffers used a gas car to block the only available charging station… pic.twitter.com/dLZv9KnYsB