Obama Scales Back Overly Ambitious Goals for Electric Car Use - DUH!
Co-publishers Note: What a surprise, another subject that Obama (or his advisors) know nothing about!
Brett Smith, Center for Automotive Research:The zealots, the hypesters, the enthusiasts created an environment that wasn't ever going to be a reality.
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WASHINGTON - May 21, 2015: The NADA newsletter reported that President Barack Obama's long-standing goal to have a fully fuel-efficient government fleet and 1 million plug-in vehicles on the road will not be met.
With little fanfare, the president in March scaled back the ambitious goals laid out in 2009 that sought the million units on the road by 2015 as it became clear that technology and consumer interest were not keeping pace with his ideals.
Sales and government purchases have failed to meet even lowered expectations, government sales data and U.S. sales data show. Obama cut government purchase goals on March 19, but said the government will continue to work to improve fuel economy into the future.
The U.S. bought about 24,816 electric and hybrid vehicles during Obama's presidency, or about 7 percent of government purchases in that time, according to data from the U.S. General Service Administration obtained by Bloomberg under a Freedom of Information Act request.
U.S. consumers bought about 286,814 of those models from 2009 to 2014, or 3 percent of overall sales.
NADA Source: Bloomberg Full Story