Remember when we were going to have a million electric cars on America’s roads by 2015? Ah, the salad days of 2011:
“Whether we meet that goal in 2015 or 2016, that’s less important than that we’re on the right path to get many millions of these vehicles on the road,” an Energy Department official said.
Shoring up the U.S. auto industry was one of the key pillars of Obama’s first term, starting with the federally funded bankruptcies of General Motors Co and Chrysler Group LLC .
But promoting advanced vehicles has been a long-running focus for the White House, which has also pushed for more stringent standards on fuel economy that call for automakers to improve dramatically the mileage of their overall fleets.