Obama puts up $2.4 bln for electric vehicles

March 19, 2009
US President Barack Obama speaks following a tour of the Edison Electric Vehicle Technical Center in Pomona, California. Obama Thursday unveiled a 2.4 billion dollar boost for electric vehicle development, vowing to compete with foreign nations in the race to be world leader on renewable energy.

President Barack Obama Thursday unveiled a 2.4 billion dollar boost for electric vehicle development, vowing to compete with foreign nations in the race to be world leader on renewable energy.

"We can let the jobs of tomorrow be created abroad or we can create them here in America and lay the foundation for lasting prosperity," Obama said on the second day of a campaign-style swing in California.

Obama said the money would be used to develop next generation plug-in hybrid and advanced battery components and would create tens of thousands of US jobs and reduce reliance on foreign oil.

He set a target of putting a million of the environmentally friendly vehicles on US roads by 2015.

The plan would also give a 7,500 dollar tax credit to people who buy plug-in hybrid vehicles, Obama said, as he toured a plant in southern California developing the new generation transport.

"The nation that leads on energy will be the nation that leads the world in the 21st century," Obama said.

"That's why, around the world, nations are racing to lead in these industries of the future."

The president bemoaned the fact that the United States lagged behind some of its key European and Asian trading partners in the race to develop new generation fuels and vehicles.

"Germany is leading the world in ," he said.

"Spain generates almost 30 percent of its power by harnessing the wind, while we manage less than one percent and Japan is producing the batteries that currently power American hybrid cars."

The funds, dispersed by the , will offer up to 1.5 billion dollars to US manufacturers who produce highly efficient batteries and 500 million dollars for firms that produce other components for the vehicles.

A further 400 million dollars will be devoted to evaluating and building the infrastructure they need to run, including charging stations and training for technicians who will be called upon to repair them.

The funds were made available under Obama's 787 billion dollar economic stimulus law.

(c) 2009 AFP

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1 / 5 (1) Mar 27, 2009
Waste of money.

Plug in vehicles do not compete with the usability of fuel and go vehicles. The reason plugs won't overtake standard combustion engines is the downtime.

I think the fastest recharge time on a plug-in is 14 or 15 hours, may be less now. Average time for a gasoline vehicle, 2 to 5 minutes.

Now the hydrogen vehicles, those show promise, as they're in the 2 to 5 minute fill and go. It fits the current lifestyle, and our current infrastructure can be modified easily to suit the vehicles.
1 / 5 (1) Jun 06, 2009

Well my EV works great and gets 250mph cost equivalent. Using used cell phone tower UPS batteries my battery cost is only $150 and should last 4 more yrs! They can be recharged in 15 minutes to 80% charged.
H2 is an expensive joke as EV's go 4x's as far on the same energy and modifying the infrastructure is $billions for it. Mine recharges from a 120vac outlet in 2 hrs.
Oil is $70/bbl 6-6-09 today and going back to 0'bbl by late 2010.

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