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.
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