Friday, October 19, 2012

Obama blew enormous amounts of our money on crappy cars that were supposed to prevent CO2-induced bad weather: More details

For Hybrid Drivers, a Gas Pump Allergy? -
Data on drivers’ habits has been harvested by ECOtality, a start-up that is struggling to help build the nation’s charging infrastructure. Many say that a core apparatus is needed to spur mass demand for electric vehicles. In a multiyear $230 million project for which the Department of Energy is supplying half the money, the company is tracking use patterns for around 6,000 vehicles, mainly Chevrolet Volts and Nissan Leafs.
EV Project | ECOtality
In August of 2009, ECOtality was awarded a cost-reimbursement grant of $99.8 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to undertake the largest deployment of electric vehicles (EVs) and installation of charging-infrastructures in history – now known as The EV Project.

In June 2010, The EV Project was granted an additional $15 million by the U.S. Department of Energy. With partner matches – including Chevrolet and Nissan – the total value of the Project is now approximately $230 million.
...The ultimate goal of The EV Project is to take the lessons learned from the deployment of these first 8,300 EVs, and the charging infrastructure supporting them, to enable the streamlined deployment of the next 5,000,000 EVs.

To learn more about how ECOtality, Chevrolet, and Nissan are creating the richest EV infrastructure in history, visit The EV Project.
June 2012: Electric vehicles fall drastically short of Obama's 1 million goal - CBS News
(CBS News) WASHINGTON - The Obama administration invested $2.4 billion as part of its goal of putting one million electric vehicles on the road by the end of 2015. But that effort has, in part, stalled.
To get to one million, the White House pinned its hopes on 11 models of electric vehicles - including the Karma. Our CBS News investigation found that six of the 11 -- Ford Focus, Ford Transit Connect, Fisker Nina/Atlantic, Tesla Model S, Tesla Roadster and Think City -- either haven't made their first delivery, stopped production, or are already out of business.

Others aren't even close to the government's 2015 projections. For example, 36,000 Fisker Karmas and 505,000 Chevy Volts were supposed to be made. But current projections slash the Karma's 2015 number in half to 18,000 and put the Volt at one-eighth of the goal at 62,000.
Even falling far short of a million, backers say electric cars will take off as people realize how much fun and cheap they are to drive. Just to be sure, the president wants to invest $4.7 billon more tax dollars in electric vehicle incentives.

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