Government and Auto Industry Split Opinions on Plug-In Vehicles

Government and Auto Industry Split Opinions on Plug-In Vehicles

The US government is intent on its plan to see 1-million plug-in vehicles on the road by 2015, but the latest trends from automakers suggest that this may not happen. 

While hybrids, plug-in hybrids and EVs have been gaining popularity, they still make up a small percentage of the market, and automakers are not betting on them for a large leap in sales.

The latest fuel-saving tech has been coming in gasoline engines rather than electrics, using larger transmissions, stop-start technology, direct injection and turbocharging just to name a few. This is the way automakers are leaning, as there isn’t as much markup on a fuel-efficient gas engine cars, while hybrids and EVs cost a premium to purchase.

While gasoline engine tech grows, the government is still waiting for its million plug-ins by 2015, and is doing everything in its power to get there. Tax credits of $10,000 are now offered on electric vehicles, and other perks like HOV lane access are available for electric car owners. The government is also ramping up its spending in research and development of electric technologies.

It seems that the industry is not turning the way the government would like, but there is not much that can be done in the short term to change it. Until the electric charging infrastructure can offer an EV that has all the same convenience of a gasoline car, EVs just won’t be realistic.

[Source: Auto News]