The Biden administration is once again facing criticism for its sluggish implementation of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, despite allocating a substantial $7.5 billion in taxpayer funds to the project. In a recent interview on CBS’ Face the Nation, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg found himself in the hot seat as host Margaret Brennan raised concerns over the minimal progress in establishing “seven or eight” charging stations since the funding was granted.

President Biden’s ambitious infrastructure agenda, outlined in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021, initially promised a significant boost to EV charging programs with the multi-billion-dollar investment. Complemented by enhanced tax credits for EVs and charger installations in the subsequent 2022 Inflation Reduction Act, the administration seemed poised to revolutionize America’s charging infrastructure.

However, the reality on the ground tells a different story, with only a handful of charging stations materializing amidst widespread public anticipation. Buttigieg, in his defense, cited the complexities involved in constructing such facilities, emphasizing the collaborative efforts with all 50 states to roll out the infrastructure. Despite Brennan’s skepticism over the sluggish pace of progress, Buttigieg remained resolute in the administration’s commitment to deploy half a million chargers by the decade’s end.

The conservative online community wasted no time in pouncing on the administration’s perceived inadequacies, with scathing remarks like “Pete Buttigieg has a VERY tough time trying to explain why ‘only 7 or 8 [electric vehicle] charging stations have been produced with the $7.5 BILLION investment that taxpayers made back in 2021.'” The sentiment underscores growing discontent over the government’s management of taxpayer money and its inability to deliver on promised targets.

As the debate over the Biden administration’s handling of the EV charging infrastructure intensifies, the viral clip of Buttigieg’s defense continues to fuel conversations, sparking further reflections on the administration’s allocation strategies and overall governance priorities. With the pressure mounting and only a meager number of charging stations to show for billions in taxpayer investments, the urgency for the administration to deliver on its ambitious commitments has never been greater.