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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.


White House Plans For 1 Million Plug-in Hybrids

“Sparking whole new industries,” proclaims VP Biden.

by on Jan.26, 2011

The White House wants to get 1 million plug-in hybrids - like this Chevy Volt - on the road.

Saying the administration hopes to “spark…whole new industries,” Vice President Joe Biden outlined the White House goal of getting 1 million plug-in hybrids on the road.

Since taking office in January 2009, President Barack Obama has expressed strong support for the nation’s nascent battery industry – the administration providing billions of dollars of financial assistance, in both grants and loans, to spur the development of advanced batteries and the vehicles that will put them on the road.

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The White House wants to nearly double federal subsidies to buyers, make it easy for customers to collect those payments, and then provide as much as $200 million in assistance to as many as 30 cities to put in place the infrastructure to support a growing fleet of battery cars.

The payoff will be felt not just by the environment but by a nation looking to create jobs, Vice President Biden suggested, during a tour of the New York-based lithium-ion battery manufacturer Ener1.

“We’re not just creating new jobs, but sparking whole new industries that will ensure our competitiveness for decades to come — industries like electric vehicle manufacturing,” said the Vice President.