- Posted December 28, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Plug-And-Drive Cars? I Think Not
President Barack Obama has a goal of 1 million electric cars on America's highways by the year 2015. With the push of the Administration and all the hoopla over green energy, one would think this should be an easy goal to obtained. But not so according to a new report from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. The study makes that goal unlikely to be met any time soon.
Sure there are some drivers in cities such as San Jose, San Francisco, Chicago and Boston ready to jump on the plug-and-drive car bandwagon, but those are the exceptions. Drivers in cities such as Indianapolis, Detroit and Nashville are less open to the idea of the expensive, but energy-saving automobiles.
The President has touted, for example, the Chevrolet Volt. In fact US embassies around the world have replaced their fleet of official vehicles with the Volt. The President remarked he may buy a Volt once he leaves the White House. But consumers are not so enthused.
Cost seems to be a major stumbling block for Americans concerned with the limited size of their wallets. Another factor that is keeping drivers from rushing to the showroom to pick out an electric car is the short range of miles before a recharge is needed. Then there's the lack of charging stations. Hybrids, with a backup gasoline tank, are more favored.
Should there be such a big push on the electric vehicles?
You can read more about the study by going to: http://insideindianabusiness.com/newsitem.asp?id=57237
The full IU study with the cities surveyed can be read at: http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/23610.html
From the Cornfield, I know our environmentalists friends say it should not matter, but the economics is a factor. Until the cost can be brought down and the driving range expanded, I doubt there will be a big demand for the plug-and-drive vehicles any time soon.