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Panel Claims U.S. Can’t Meet White House Goal of Putting 1 Million Battery Cars on the Road by 2015

President still intent on shift to clean power for cars.

by on Feb.03, 2011

The White House wants 1 million battery cars, like this Ford C-Max Energi, on the road by 2015.

President Barack Obama, during a visit to Penn State today,  laid out more of his broad plan for the nation to switch to clean energy, a move that would, among other things, place heavy emphasis on putting at least 1 million battery cars on the road by 2015.

But a blue-ribbon panel, put together by Indiana University, warns that the administration won’t be able to meet its goal of shifting motorists into hybrids and battery-electric vehicles that quickly.

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“The production intentions of automakers are currently insufficient to meet the 2015 goal,” argued the report, “and even the current plans for production volume may not be met.”

Pres. Obama has made energy a cornerstone of his policies, and has authorized billions of dollars in grants and low-interest loans to promote energy efficiency and a shift away from imported oil.  Much of that money has gone to the auto industry, where it is supporting efforts to set up lithium-ion production facilities, develop even more advanced batteries, and help manufacturers put on the road vehicles that can use the new technologies.