In his State of the Union address last month, US president Obama said he is aiming to get 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015. This goal may never be achieved because automakers are quite uncertain about consumer demand.
The finding was by a panel of industry experts, who said the manufacturers’ announced production numbers and consumer demand are both on a low. The study was conducted and funded by the Indiana University.
The study panel was made up of a Ford executive, a federal energy scientist and representatives from an environmental group, academia and an industry research group. Input was also received from Nissan and General Motors who are the major plug-in car manufacturers.
Obama said that with more research and incentives, US can become the first country independent on bio-fuels. As part of this plan the government is already offering incentives of up to $7,500 for plug-in car buyers and invested $2.4 billion for battery and electric-car manufacturing.
But still the Nissan leaf or Chevrolet Volt, first two plug-in cars from major manufacturers to go on sale cost $32,780 and $41,000. Comparatively a similar sized gasoline car would cost only $20,000. The battery range for the Leaf is less than 100 miles and places from where it can be recharged are few and far in between, what’s worse is that a recharge can take up to hours.
But it was good in aiming high and reaching low than to have aimed low and never letting in the technology.