Obama Administration Now Proposing to Fund Development of Wider Range of 'Green' Vehicles

AOL Autos' editor-in-chief David Kiley believes the Obama Administration is backing away from its support for electric vehicles and its 1 million EV goal, while lamenting the need to have both an iPhone and Droid phone to talk to various car systems.

Published: 14-Feb-2013

One year ago, President Obama used his State of the Union address to set a bold goal of U.S. consumers buying 1 million electric cars by 2015. But consumers aren't biting, and the Department of Energy and the White House are backing away.

The only mention in this week's State of The Union of EVs was a vague proposal for an "Energy Security Trust" with funding from oil and gas drilling royalties and use the money for research on electric vehicles, natural-gas vehicles and biofuels.

The truth is that enthusiasm for an EV car revolution is waning as too few U.S. car-buyers see themselves adjusting their driving lifestyles to make an EV part of their family fleet.


President Obama announces on March 7, 2012 the EV Everywhere Challenge Daimler Truck factory in Mt. Holly, N.C.

Goal of program is make electric vehicles more affordable and convenient to own and drive than today’s gasoline-powered vehicles within the next 10 years.

EPA rates the Coda electric car at 88 miles per charge, currently the highest range available.

Dave Herron analyses the comparative costs of the current crop of plug-in cars.

Bruce Sargent charges Nissan LEAF in Central Point, Oregon. Photo credit: AP

The stations go from the California border north to the Oregon city of Cottage Grove.


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