White House Will Miss 2015 Million EV Goal

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White House Will Miss 2015 Million EV Goal

In 2008 when President Barack Obama was a senator, he pledged a goal of having 1 million electric vehicles on U.S. streets by 2015. Four years later, that goal seems far away at best.

In his 2011 State of the Union address, President Obama said “with more research and incentives, we can break our dependence on oil with biofuels, and become the first country to have a million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.” Even though there is the capacity to build 1 million EVs by 2015, sales and overall demand for electric vehicles will keep that goal out of reach.

The Chevrolet Volt, for example, hasn’t done as well as anyone hoped, with production stopping at times to help match supply and demand. In fact, the Volt is selling at about 10 percent of the Department of Energy’s projected 120,000 units per year. The Nissan Leaf, despite its selling better than the Volt, won’t meet 100,000 sales until 2014.

Rather than admitting the goal is out of reach, the White House changed the wording in its “Blueprint For A Secure Energy Agenda” from aiming to have 1 million EVs on the streets to saying “by 2015, the United States will be able to produce enough batteries and components to support one million plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles.”

Even without the fire fiasco of the Volt, the million EV goal by 2015 would be a challenging one. Electric vehicles will continual to fight an uphill battle until the technology is widely accepted and is convenient.

[Source: Left Lane News]

  • KickinCanada

    I own a Volt in one of the coldest climates in North America and its a pretty cool car. I’m not an environmentalist (previous ride was a Ford Expedition) but it’s not as expensive as one would think. With incentives and saving $2000 a year in gas and maintenance (oil changes once every 2 years, brakes last 100K minimum) over 5 years that’s lots of $$$ towards the purchase. So about $25-30K for a really advanced car is actually in line with the average cost of a new car these days. And it isn’t a Cruze – more like a 3 series bmw! And as for incentives – kill any for big oil and gas, mortgage deductions etc and then we can talk.
    Its range is pretty good – 45 miles in the spring / summer / fall on battery – more if you use gas. If you charge at work or in between drives you can actually go 70-100 miles per day on electric – basically you get to give the oil companies the middle finger when you drive by the gas station. Weird to spend more on car washes than gas. And my hydro bill has gone up about $30-40 a month. I also love the fact I am using a domestic source of fuel and not relying on sources of energy produced by hostile regimes.
    One more thing – the battery will likely outlast the car as the battery and all electrical components of Volt, Leaf, etc are warrantied for 8 years.
    Bottom line is the Volt is a great fun car with great service and support from GM. People really need to get out and test drive one. And it looks great to.
    Ottawa, Canada

  • Markwbrooks

    Can this reporter please tell us how you missed the major point that the EV rebate program and its 1 million ev car goal was never approved in congress? You state this goal in your very first line as if it was approved….

    If Obamas request in 2011 to shift $4 billion dollars in yearly subsidy from the Oil industry to an improved EV rebate program had been approved , this goal could have been achieved within four years (2015).
    It still can be, but in 2011 this lofty goal, like several other key initiates of his administration, died at the hands of a dysfunctional congress…. And all we have left is the EV tax breaks for the rich orginally put in place under Bush in 2008.

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