President Obama has been touting plug-in vehicles for a while now – beginning, in fact, with his campaign pledge to get a million plug-in hybrids on the road by 2015 –but words and a bunch of federal spending aren't enough for some people. Recently, auto industry lobbyists called for more incentives for plug-in vehicles and, today, a number of business organizations are calling on the President to "establish a new National Electric Fuel Task Force to help accelerate the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles and the necessary infrastructure."
The groups – including the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, the Electric Drive Transportation Association and the Edison Electric Institute – delivered a letter to the White House today. The letter asks for a task force spearheaded by the Department of Energy that "would include federal and state regulators, standards organizations, utilities, environmental groups, consumer groups and electric drive industry stakeholders." EDTA President Brian Wynne said that the Obama Administration's support for plug-in vehicles has been good, but now it's time to step up the pace. Wynne said in a statement:
You can read the letter in full in the gallery below.The task force will promote the coordination of state and local efforts to move U.S. transportation away from oil, resulting in a cleaner environment, a more secure nation and a more competitive economy.