FAILED PROMISE: Obama’s Million Electric Cars “Overly Optimistic”
Another day, another broken promise from President Obama. This time The Washington Post finds that Obama’s plans for a million electric vehicles on the road by 2015 were “overly optimistic” and despite billions in taxpayer subsidies remain unaffordable for most Americans.
PROMISE: In 2008, Obama Promised As President To Put “One Million 150 Mile-Per-Gallon Plug-In Hybrid Cars On Our Roads Within Six Years.” OBAMA: “First, we’ll commit ourselves to getting one million 150 mile-per-gallon plug-in hybrid cars on our roads within six years. And we’ll make sure these cars are built not in Japan, not in China, but right here in the United States of America.” (Sen. Barack Obama, Remarks At A Town Hall, Youngstown, OH, 8/5/08)
BROKEN: The Washington Post: “Evidence Is Mounting That President Obama Was Overly Optimistic To Pledge That There Would Be 1 Million EVs On The Road By 2015.” (Editorial, “Overcharged,” The Washington Post, 1/1/12)
- WaPo: “They Simply Pose Too Many Issues Of Price And Practicality To Attract A Large Segment Of The Car-Buying Public.” “They simply pose too many issues of price and practicality to attract a large segment of the car-buying public. More prosaic fuel-economy innovations such as conventional hybrids, clean-diesel cars and advanced gasoline engines all show much more promise than electrics.” (Editorial, “Overcharged,” The Washington Post, 1/1/12)
- WaPo: “Sales Of Electric Vehicles Were Disappointing In 2011 …” “Sales of electric vehicles were disappointing in 2011, with the Volt coming in below the 10,000 units forecast. In addition to its high price, the Volt brand is suffering from news that some of its batteries burst into flames after government road tests.” (Editorial, “Overcharged,” The Washington Post, 1/1/12)
- WaPo: Stimulus Recipient Fisker Automotive Is Recalling Its Electric Cars Over Defects In The Batteries. “Meanwhile, Fisker, the recipient of more than half a billion dollars in low-interest Energy Department loans, repeatedly delayed the introduction of its ballyhooed Karma — while repeatedly raising the sticker price. And now Fisker has announced a recall of the cars because of a potential defect in its batteries — made by A123 Systems, another large recipient of Energy Department support.” (Editorial, “Overcharged,” The Washington Post, 1/1/12)