Obama’s Electric Car Goals Overly Ambitious, Experts Say

President Obama’s hopes to have 1 million electric cars on the roads by the end of this year are looking more dismal as the days go on. But as a 2008 presidential campaign promise, the topic has been more difficult to drop than Obama would like.

With the figures projected at around 400,000 by the end of the year, the President hasn’t even reached half of what he projected in 2008, with the goal of 1 million looking to be realistically achieved in 2018 or later.

Bloomberg recently published a news article suggesting that, similar to past promises, Obama set “overly ambitious goals for electric-car use”. This reflects the sentiments of many independent observers and industry analysts.

Experts believe that increased sales of electric vehicles in the United States, as well as in other countries, will increase if the cost of batteries steadily drops.

They also concluded that the price of gasoline will increase to cover both competition from technology and higher fuel economy restrictions projected between now and 2025.

The Long Road to Sustainability

Industry experts emphasise that due to the complexity of influencing a population to change their behaviour, spending and status quo, this transition will not happen overnight.

“The ground is being laid for an electric car future, but it’s not an electric car present,” says Daniel Beckers, Safe Climate Campaign director – a group who lobbies for greater vehicle fuel-efficiency.

There are a lot of observers who feel that the “hockey stick” rise in sales of electric vehicles will not come until these cars are competitively priced against their gasoline counterparts.

Advertisment - Learn more

This means that the Nissan Leaf base price will need to be within $1,000 to $2,500 of the cost of an Altima or a Nissan Sentra. When that time comes, average car buyers will pay more attention to electric vehicles.

EV prices need not be exactly the same price as gasoline cars, but near enough so that they will represent a feasible improvement to the average car buyer. Some say, the price difference even  could be between a base model compared to the highest trim level of a certain car model.

Money Matters – Consumers Continue to be Driven by Price

When that time comes, cost conscious consumers, will be more receptive to the promise of an electric car costing from one-fifth to one-third as much as gasoline cars.

So not all hope is lost  before they are accepted, most major innovations in technology typically experience a process of excitement, hype, disappointment, missed expectations and overall public disinterest.

This was the experience of the internet when it first came to the public domain in the mid-1990s. It was the same experience of railroads, cars, and other major advances in science and technology.

The Author

Hi, my name is Georgia and I am an editor and content creator working at Australian Solar Quotes. I have a passion for sustainable and ethical living. I want to inform and educate others on sustainable practices like using renewable energy. I invite you to join the conversation by commenting below with your thoughts.

×

michael from Glencoe, New South Wales asked for 3 quotes for solar about 5 hours ago!

Kylie from Lammermoor, QLD asked for 3 quotes for solar about 21 hours ago!

John from Tanah Merah, QLD asked for 3 quotes for solar about 21 hours ago!

James from Lota, QLD asked for 3 quotes for solar about 22 hours ago!

Tony from Kensington Grove, QLD asked for 3 quotes for solar about 22 hours ago!

Michelle from Oak Valley, Queensland asked for 3 quotes for solar about 23 hours ago!

Tanya from Kingston, Queensland asked for 3 quotes for solar 1 day ago!

Tracey from Mooroolbark, Victoria asked for 3 quotes for solar 1 day ago!

Kris from Dimbulah, Queensland asked for 3 quotes for solar 1 day ago!

Barbara from Bass, Victoria asked for 3 quotes for solar 1 day ago!

GAyle from Point Cook, Victoria asked for 3 quotes for solar 1 day ago!

Sue from Witta, Queensland asked for 3 quotes for solar 1 day ago!

Cj from Toomulla, Queensland asked for 3 quotes for solar 1 day ago!

Ilyas from Narre Warren South, Victoria asked for 3 quotes for solar 1 day ago!

Lesley from Andergrove, Queensland asked for 3 quotes for solar 1 day ago!

Sailesh from Werribee, Victoria asked for 3 quotes for solar 1 day ago!

Tanya from Beaconsfield, Queensland asked for 3 quotes for solar 1 day ago!

Anna from Seymour, Victoria asked for 3 quotes for solar 1 day ago!

matti from Innisfail, Queensland asked for 3 quotes for solar 2 days ago!

Timothy from Peregian Springs, Queensland asked for 3 quotes for solar 2 days ago!