Can America Achieve 1 Million Electric Car Goal?

Craig Miller asks several experts on the feasibility of the nation achieving President Obama's goal of a million EVs by 2015.

Published: 31-Jan-2011

During his State of the Union speech last evening, President Obama articulated two national goals that jumped out at me: 80% of electricity from "clean" energy by 2035 and one million electric vehicles "on the road" by 2015 (just five years from now).

Keeping in mind that California's goal of 33% renewable energy by 2020 is considered extremely ambitious, I put the question to a few experts in the renewable energy/alternative fuels field: Are these goals realistic? I'll post their responses here as they come in. I've had to condense some of the replies for space considerations. Let's take the 80% clean energy challenge first:

"Now, clean energy breakthroughs will only translate into clean energy jobs if businesses know there will be a market for what they’re selling. So tonight, I challenge you to join me in setting a new goal: by 2035, 80% of America’s electricity will come from clean energy sources."


President Obama tours plant in Wisconsin after 2011 State of the Union address.

President Obama challenges the nation to be first to put 1 million electric cars on the road by 2015


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