December 14, 2021
Vice President Kamala Harris was ripped on social media after she was recorded on video attempting to charge an electric vehicle in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
“I see that it’s plugged in, so is it plugged into this enormous electric socket, right?” Harris asked Mahi Reddy, the CEO of electric vehicle infrastructure company Sema Connect.
“Yes, normally it’s a 240-watt, but you can go ahead and plug, and that’s it,” Reddy replied.
The vice president’s questions did not stop there.
She seemed to struggle to recognize how or when the car was charging, and she held on to the charger throughout the entire process, according to footage of the demonstration posted to social media .
“For all of us who are used to filling our tank, we, you usually can smell it, and you can hear it, and you can hear the guzzling sound,” Harris noted. “None of that.”
The vice president then asked how she could know the car was charging for real, and Reddy did his best to explain off camera.
“But how would I know that?” Harris asked again. “Tell me how I would know that.”
“So, typically, excuse me, so typically, you’re coming, you wave this card, and then what it would do is it would authenticate, and then this light turns green,” Reddy answered.
Harris appeared astounded by the reply.
“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law makes the most transformative investment in electric vehicle charging in U.S. history that will put us on the path to a convenient and equitable network of 500,000 chargers and make EVs accessible to all Americas for both local and long-distance trips,” according to the White House .