U.S. electric cars
Secretary Steven Chu noted that over 1,800 Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations have been installed under the Recovery Act to date -- a statistic designed to address growing concerns over rising fuel costs and dependency on foreign oil.
As electric vehicles trickle into the United States' automobile market, consumers are beginning to see the viability of the electric car; and, according to independent research firm E Source, 85 percent of Americans are willing to buy one.
energyNOW! anchor Thalia Assuras sits down for a one-on-one meeting with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. The administration has put forward ambitious proposals to upgrade America’s planes, trains, and automobiles: high-speed railways, a million electric vehicles on the road by 2015, and the expansion of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) fuel efficiency standards.
Just a week after Nissan shipped the Leaf, its first plug-in all electric vehicle to select markets in the U.S.