Beijing poised to rethink electric car policy
Beijing appears to be rethinking its singular focus on electric vehicles to reduce fuel consumption and improve air quality as it becomes increasingly clear that its targets for mass producing electric vehicles in China were unrealistic.
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#1 Aug 23, 2011
I would agree that the timetable is too aggressive on the number of electric vehicles expected to be on the road by 2015. President Obama shared the same vision as expressed in his State of the Union Address in January 2011. According to the Institute for Energy Research, by March 2011, a total of 1,101 electric vehicles had been sold in the U.S. "At the pace of 350 vehicle sales per month, a whopping 16,800 electric vehicles will be on the road by 2015." That is far from the 1 million cars President Obama and China were expecting by 2015. The ambition to move this effort forward and reduce fuel consumption is commendable, but the hurdles to broad consumer adoption are ample including ease-of-use and simply cost. Interesting was yesterday's article on VW's efforts to launch a singleseater microcar in the Financial Times. The purpose and practicality of this vehicle remains unclear. Can only be a marketing tool for VW
VW: The Microcar A Marketing Tool?
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