President Barack Obama recently outlined his administration’s EV Everywhere plan designed to cut gas-powered vehicle use over the next decade.
Speaking at a Daimler truck plant in North Carolina, Obama set a 2022 goal of having the U.S. produce a five-passenger electric vehicle that would provide both a payback time – thanks to lower refueling costs – of less than five years and an ability to be recharged quickly enough to provide enough range for the typical American driver. Obama highlighted Envia Systems, which he said may be able to halve the cost of an EV battery providing a 300-mile single-charge range. The DOE notes that, since electricity beats gasoline on cost to power your car including savings on fuel costs, added convenience, and reduced maintenance costs. Electricity is cheaper than gasoline to power a vehicle and EVs “can also be more reliable, require less maintenance, and offer the same or better driving performance compared to today’s gasoline-powered vehicles” this is a technology worth pursuing.
EV Everywhere is part of a plan the White House announced this week as part of its pitch for $4.7 billion to accelerate advanced-powertrain development. The Obama Administration proposed spending $3.7 billion on tax credits for alternative-fueled vehicles like compressed natural gas (CNG) cars and another $1 billion directed to a dozen or so local communities for infrastructure improvements that will speed up alt-fueled vehicle adoption. The White House specifically noted that driving an EV would save the typical American driver about $100 a month in refueling costs. Former DOE Secretary Chu also detailed the plan at the Washington Auto Show recently.
Such advances may allow automakers to meet more stringent greenhouse-gas emissions standards the White House set last year. President Obama last July reached a tentative agreement with the major automakers that would establish a 54.5 mile-per-gallon Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard for passenger vehicles – or about 40 miles per gallon in real-world EPA standards – in 2025. The White House is pushing for 5 percent annual fuel-economy increases in passengers cars starting in 2017, while light trucks would be subject to slightly less stringent standards.
As the Democratic presidential candidate in 2008, Obama set a goal of getting Americans to buy 1 million plug-in vehicles annually by 2015, and reiterated those goals in his late January State of the Union address.
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