Those who watched the State of the Union address last night and have an interest in autos may have noticed a conspicuous absence; Barack Obama failed to mention his goal of putting 1 million EVs on the road by 2015.
Obama last mentioned the figure in 2011, stating
At the California Institute of Technology, they’re developing a way to turn sunlight and water into fuel for our cars. At Oak Ridge National Laboratory, they’re using supercomputers to get a lot more power out of our nuclear facilities. With more research and incentives, we can break our dependence on oil with biofuels, and become the first country to have 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.
Since then, the figure has been absent from the address. In 2012 did see Obama promise to “…not cede the wind or solar or battery industry to China or Germany…” Well, we all know what happened to A123 Systems.