His goal? One million electric cars on the road by 2015.
Why won't that happen?
From the Washington Post article:
The federal government is already offering incentives as high as $7,500 for consumers to buy plug-in cars and putting up $2.4 billion for battery and electric-car manufacturing.(1) They're extremely expensive.
But even with that encouragement, the public's adoption of electric vehicles could be slow.
The $32,780 Leaf and the $41,000 Volt cost far more than a comparably sized car with a gas engine , which typically sells for $20,000. The battery range of the Leaf, which is all electric, is less than 100 miles , and places where batteries can be replenished are sparse at best . Also, it can take hours to recharge .
As a result, many automakers have balked at making the investments to mass produce plug-in vehicles.
(2) They're extremely inefficient.
(3) They're extremely inconvenient.
(Not to mention the fact that (4) they're extremely ugly.)
Other than that what's not to love?
Obama predicts we'll see one million electric cars on the road in four years.
I predict we'll have to go to a museum to see them at all.