2011 Chevy Volt - Click above for high-res gallery
It's going to be awfully tough to hit President Obama's stated goal of one million plug-in hybrids on American roads by 2015. After all, that's just over five years away and there aren't actually any affordable plug-in-capable vehicles available as of today from a major automaker that meet the basic requirements of the average American household. This is slowly changing, but the clock is ticking. General Motors plans to do its part to make Obama's lofty objective a reality. Speaking to Reuters, Britta Gross, director of global energy systems and infrastructure commercialization at GM, said, "I can tell you we can definitely do the heavy lifting part of that. We definitely will lift up our end of that."
We don't doubt that General Motors truly desires to sell as many Chevy Volts as it can produce, but a number of obstacles still stand in the way of putting a million plug-ins on the road, not the least of which is the availability of large-scale automotive batteries. With that in mind, what are the chances that there will really be a million PHEVs on American roads by 2015?