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Obama Calls for Electric Cars Everywhere

By March 12, 2012

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Charging Station: Just days after Chevrolet temporarily suspended production of its Volt due to lack of consumer demand for the $40,000 plug-in, mostly-electric car, President Obama announced his EV-Everywhere Challenge intended to result in the use of advanced electric vehicles "all over America."

At an estimated cost of $1 billion, the Obama Administration's EV-Challenge will create a collaboration of the nation's "best and brightest" scientists, engineers, and businesses to address the two main problems that have so far prevented electric vehicles from appealing to consumers - high price and low range.

Also See: Chevy Volt Not a Fire Risk, NHTSA Finds

Ideally, says Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, the EV-Challenge will result in electric vehicles that are more affordable and convenient to own and drive than today's gasoline-powered vehicles within the next 10 years.

In other words, if the EV-Challenge succeeds, U.S. automakers will be producing easily-affordable electric vehicles capable of carrying 5 passengers far enough without recharging to meet the average transportation needs of Americans everywhere by 2022.

Also See: Future Dim for Plug-in Electric Cars

"The Challenge," states the Energy Department, "will involve working with industry, universities, our national laboratories and government partners to set technical goals for cutting costs for the batteries and electric drivetrain systems, including motors and power electronics, reducing the vehicle weights while maintaining safety, and increasing fast-charge rates."

According to Department of Energy (DOE) estimates, electric vehicles can be operated at far lower costs than those powered by gasoline -- generally equivalent to less than $1 per gallon. In addition, says the DOE, electric vehicles can be "more reliable, require less maintenance, and offer the same or better driving performance compared to today's gasoline-powered vehicles."

Helping With the Affordability Thing: As part of his administration's All-of-the-Above Approach to American Energy, President Obama has stated that he will try to help make electric vehicles more affordable by proposing an increase to the current $7,500 tax credit to consumers and businesses for the purchase of alternate-fueled vehicles to a maximum of $10,000.

Also See: The End of Oil?

Photo: Charging Station: "Gas Pump" of the Future? -- Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Comments

March 12, 2012 at 10:47 am
(1) raccman says:

MARXIST stubborness and idiocy ! Ignoring our needs for fossil fuels, ignoring his DUTIES to the U.S. citizenry, our Black Liberation Marxist president instead only listens to his Marxist mentors and friends as he destroys our military, our economy, and the very framework of our government !

March 12, 2012 at 12:56 pm
(2) Rebecca says:

Wow, you (above comment) are extremely brainwashed and uninformed.

March 12, 2012 at 4:17 pm
(3) onthefence says:

Yeah, I think raccman just set a record for number of times Marxist is used in a paragraph.

March 12, 2012 at 11:09 pm
(4) Concernicus says:

God only knows we need an energy policy not written by oil barons. We need electric vehicles. That being said, we cannot survive another 10 years like the past 10. Planning for the future is great. We need jobs NOW, Mr. President. How about spending that billion on jobs today.

PS…raccman, you need a new tinfoil hat.

March 13, 2012 at 10:01 am
(5) Terry C says:

Is Obama going to pay for everyone to get an electric car? Is he going to prevent the cost of the electricity needed to recharge the cars from going sky high, like gasoline has done? A lot of people cannot afford to buy new cars.

March 13, 2012 at 10:01 am
(6) jack says:

Fact we have more drilling now then in 2008. Fact the oil companies have 120 million acres under lease. Fact the Pres. just signed a treaty with Mexico opening another 1 million acres in the Gulf. Fact the Keystone Pipeline is intended to allow the refined tar sands to be shipped to the highest bidder. that is why its outlet is in the only Tax Free International Port. The Port Arthur in Texas. Fact we already have a Keystone Pipeline it brings tar sands to the midwest refiners. that fuel stay in America. Fact the Alaska pipeline is restricted to sell the oil only in America. The would be owners of the Keystone XL pipeline are gainst that. Fact last year refined oil, fuel, became America’s no 1 export. Fact Wall Street is responsible for at least .50 cents a gal increase in gas.
Raccman needs to do some homework and less listening to Rush and Foxnews.

March 13, 2012 at 10:10 am
(7) Jack says:

I do agree with Terry. We should move to natural gas in all our cars and trucks. It maybe easier to plug yr electric into yr home than building a new infrastructure to supply natural gas stations. In the long run it would be better. A mix of both electric with natural gas in reserve instead of gas maybe the answer.

March 13, 2012 at 3:49 pm
(8) raccman says:

Tin hat or whatever – having lived under every president from FDR to this poor excuse for one – it doesn’t take a PhD to figure out that he is our enemy – from within – and that if we don’t wake up soon he will be the instrument of our destruction; our military, our economy, our country ! He will soon be proven to not even be an American citizen !

March 14, 2012 at 9:02 am
(9) KymW says:

couldn’t help but leave a comment to raccman …. from an outsiders point of view (Australia … that’s way down south of you in case you can’t read a map) maybe you should be looking back a bit like the Bush + Bush era.
Think they might have destroyed your countries reputation in their short time with just about every other country. Pretty sure the GFC was helped along by them both and their greedy circles. The electric vehicle idea … well at least he is trying and we need to start somewhere. Pull you big fat head out of the sand and have a good look around. Your current president came into power when all the damage was already happening … not much to start with don’t you think. One can only imagine what you country would have been like if Al Gore had rightfully taken power instead of Bush Junior!

March 15, 2012 at 2:26 pm
(10) raccman says:

What we really need is an American-born president
who believes in our Constitution, loves our Country and respects all of its citizens, Black and White alike !
What we have is an anathema polluting our White House with his presence – and, performance !

March 20, 2012 at 12:03 pm
(11) Wayfarer1008 says:

I hate to admit it I have several friends who own electric cars “Nissan Leafs” and love them to death. The only thing is they live in an urban environment, commute a distance I can cover with my golf cart and own a gasoline car for when they want to actually go some place. I know back in the closets of the white house is some influentual environmental group pushing this adjenda. The reality is for most Americans electric cars are expensive, overly complicated and do not fill their needs.
Changing the subject slightly for all of thoes people out there that think the oil tar from the Keystone pipline is going to majically be whisked of to China the conspirancy is part of the smear campain going on to stop the project. The main reason to pump it to Texas is so it can be blended with the Gulf light crude is to make a usable product. If not its only good for paving roads and making asphalt roofing materials.

March 20, 2012 at 6:53 pm
(12) KellyJaye says:

raccmann is yoking your chain, and has an alterior motive wresting like that.

Wayfarer1008 is spot on. Terry C makes an excellent point about the effect on cost for electricity.

Dig a little deeper into your ‘facts,’ Jack. There is more than meets the eye.
BTW – it has been announced O’s debt has exceeded Bush’s debt incurred in 2 years. And what has he hit to shiw for it? Don’t say that healthcare law. All those ‘lies’ opponents tried to tell everyone before it passed? Well, those lies are actually proving to be facts.
How in the world do people still follow him? In the words of Trump, ‘You’re Fired!’ Obama!

March 21, 2012 at 1:28 am
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