Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants Michiganders to know she’s doling out their tax money to help folks buy new vehicles.

“Get in, Michiganders. We’re lowering costs!” the governor posted to X on June 30, three days after Democrats approved spending a record $82.5 billion for the 2025 state budget. “With the Michigan Vehicle Rebate, you can get at least $1,000 back when you buy a new car – and an additional $500 more if that car was assembled by a union. Now that’s a good deal!”

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There’s only one problem, highlighted by Jeremiah Ward, press secretary for Republican House Leader Matt Hall.

“Dems’ late-night, $82.5B budget was so rushed even Gov. Whitmer doesn’t know what she negotiated,” Ward posted the next day, along with a screenshot of Whitmer’s message. “She tweeted (and deleted) about her vehicle rebate proposal that isn’t in the budget.”

Whitmer did not respond to a request for comment from Michigan Capitol Confidential about the misinformation.

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Several days before Whitmer’s post, Bridge Michigan and other media outlets highlighted the governor’s failure to secure her proposed initiatives to boost the electric vehicle industry for the third year in a row.

“Lawmakers rejected the governor’s $20 million proposal to help local governments, colleges and airports replace existing vehicles with electric and hydrogen versions,” Bridge reported. “They also declined to fund Whitmer’s plan to put $25 million toward incentives for consumers buying new vehicles with bonus offerings for drivers purchasing hybrids or electric vehicles.”

Bridge added: “This is the third year in a row the governor has proposed a rebate or tax break to encourage electric vehicle sales, but past efforts did not gain traction and never received needed funding.”

Whitmer promoted the vehicle rebates in a December press release that laid out how, combined with federal incentives, taxpayers would chip in up to $10,000 for an electric vehicle purchase.

The effort, she said, was designed to ensure Michigan “will build and lead the future of mobility and electrification.”

Whitmer’s MI Healthy Climate plan aims to have 2 million registered electric vehicles in the Great Lakes State by 2030, or 23% of the state’s 8.6 million vehicles.

Through the first quarter of 2024, the state had registered just 46,792 EVs, accounting for a mere 2% of Whitmer’s 2030 goal. That leaves about 1.95 million more to go, which equates to registering 29,000 EVs per month for the next 67 months, MCC reports.

The Whitmer-imposed shift to EVs, if successful, would drastically increase the demand on the state’s electric grid at a time when the government is also pushing to ditch fossil fuel sources in favor of less reliable wind and solar power.

That poses a significant problem with no clear answer in sight, multiple experts told the news site.

“Even if we carpeted the state with wind turbines and solar panels, you’re not going to generate enough electricity – especially when you require everybody to drive an electric vehicle,” Jonathan Lesser, senior fellow at the National Center for Energy Analytics, told MCC.

New rules from the Environmental Protection Agency are expected to exacerbate the problem by forcing 67% of new car sales to be electric, Lesser said.

“Dealers will be forced to buy cars that they can’t sell,” he said. “And they won’t be allotted cars that they want to sell that customers want to buy.”

It all boils down to a disaster waiting to happen, fueled by policies from the Biden administration that could collapse the nation’s already feeble power grid, said Jason Hayes, director of energy and environmental policy at the Mackinac Center.

“There is a broad and growing consensus that transitioning to renewable energy is becoming more and more dangerous,” Hayes said. “At the recent CERAWeek meeting in Houston, former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz recognized the growing problem with energy supplies as well. Moniz noted that the energy needs to power AI and data centers would leave utilities scrambling for energy and relying on natural gas, nuclear, and coal.”