Obama's Plan for One Million "Advanced" Vehicles
Next year's budget will include rebates, R&D, and charging stations to promote electric cars.Next year's budget will include rebates, R&D, and charging stations to promote electric cars.
In his State of the Union speech, Obama set a goal of putting one million "electric cars" on the road by 2015. He might not have meant to say it exactly that way. Indeed, a press release from the Department of Energy, giving details about the President's budget (which will come out in the middle of February), substituted "advanced technology vehicles" for "electric cars." Apparently, at least some hybrids (likely plug-in hybrids) will count toward this number. That's a good thing, because hitting a million electric vehicles in the U.S. by then sounds like a stretch. It took Toyota over 10 years to sell a million Priuses world wide. Electric cars have just started to be introduced, and they cost thousands more than hybrids like the Prius, which will likely slow their adoption. Plug-in hybrids can be cheaper, and they don't have the range limitations that could limit the market for pure EVs.