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President Obama Scales Back Goals For Electric Car Use

Jun 05, 2015

In 2009, President Obama signed an Executive Order calling for one million plug-in vehicles on the road by 2015. Lower gas prices and waning consumer interest impacted electric vehicle sales. In March, the President scaled back those ambitious goals as it became obvious that they would not be reached.U.S. consumers bought approximately 286,814 electric vehicles from 2009 to 2014, or 3% of overall sales. New Jersey sold 253 pure electric vehicles in 2012 (representing .05% of total New Jersey vehicle sales). Sales more than tripled to 905 pure electric vehicles in 2013 (representing .18% of total sales) and dropped slightly to 835 pure electric vehicles in 2014 (representing .17% of total sales).