Electric Car Lobbyists Push for More Federal Incentives to Strengthen Industry
Even though the U.S. has committed billions to promote the electric vehicle (EV) industry so far, lobbyists for the automakers feel further incentives are required to launch a successful campaign to introduce their new lines of battery powered vehicles. They are demanding that more federal funds be committed for public recharging stations, additional incentives for consumers who install home charging systems and tax breaks for producers of EV batteries.
According to the lobbyists, meeting President Obama's goal of generating sales of up to $1 million for alternative energy vehicles to be in operation by 2015 will not be possible under current conditions. To assure success, they want to dismiss the current limitations on CAFE guidelines that restrict the number of zero-emission vehicles like EVs that can be applied to the lower emission standards set for the industry.
Automakers are supporting the push because they fear that without the integration of recharging stations and tax cuts, the high cost of electric vehicles will cause consumers to balk at switching to EV's and cause delays in kicking off the proposed 'battery-powered evolution' that is a favorite project of the Obama administration.