Any attempt to establish a plug-in vehicle segment in the U.S. could fail unless the government steps up to the plate, says Rodney O'Neal, chief executive officer of Delphi Automotive. O'Neal claims that vehicle cost, limited range and the lack of a reliable electrical grid could hinder the adoption of plug-in automobiles.
In a speech at the 2011 SAE World Congress, O'Neal said that regulators and elected officials need to get on the same page, claiming that they often present conflicting messages in regards to the goals of the electric vehicle industry. Is the nation's top priority energy independence, asks O'Neal. Is it clean air? O'Neal claims that "policymakers have created a muddled mission, with alternative powertrains and traditional internal combustion engines in competition with one another" and that difference of opinion, according to O'Neal, runs counter to Obama's goal of one million plug-in vehicles on U.S. roads by 2015.

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]

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