Obama’s Electric Car Fail

Posted: September 16, 2016 by oldbrew in Politics, predictions, Travel

Donna Laframboise does the unthinkable and waves one of the US president’s promises – or predictions – under his nose, pointing out its hopeless failure to come true. Trying to get people to limit their travels to 100 miles or so is about as likely to succeed as nailing jelly to the wall.

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Only 40% of Obama’s electric cars are on the road. None meet the 150-mile-per gallon standard he promised.


Last year 17.5 million cars, SUVs, and light-weight trucks were sold in America. A mere 115,000 of those (two-thirds of one percent) were electric vehicles. Let’s press the rewind button back to the 2008 presidential campaign trail, in which Barack Obama declared:

we will help states like Michigan build the fuel-efficient cars we need, and we will get one million 150 mile-per-gallon plug-in hybrids on our roads within six years. [bold added]

In March 2009, two months after he became President, Obama delivered a speech at the Southern California Edison Electric Vehicle Technical Center in which he similarly asserted:

we will put one million plug-in hybrid vehicles on America’s roads by 2015.

In these closing months of 2016, it’s reasonable to ask how those green promises worked out. In…

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  1. E.M.Smith says:

    My “take” on it:

    Their MPG-equivalent numbers are bogus anyway…

  2. Jerry says:

    The argument for electrically-powered cars seems seriously flawed to me. It depends greatly on where the electrical power for the cars comes from.

    If it comes from coal-burning or gas-burning electrical plants, do these plants then generate quantities of CO2 equal to those produced by conventional cars using fossil fuels?

    If it comes from hydro-electrical plants, does that mean the electrical power used for cars takes electrical power currently used in other ways — and so requires more replacement electrical power from coal or gas?

    This sounds like a problem for Systems Engineering in which the complete system must be defined and analyzed to determine if there is a net gain for electrically-powered cars. The result might well depend greatly on the efficiency of the utilized power: electrical versus hydro-carbon.

  3. oldbrew says:

    @John Silver
    The GWPF may be a bit off the pace with that story, if Soros is on board.

    George Soros Bails Out Musk With $305 Mil SolarCity Investment

  4. John Silver says:


    The $305 will not last longer than the time of negotiation:

    “The combined SolarCity and Tesla, which we think will have a cash burn of a$1 billion a quarter, will constantly need access to capital markets.” “To burden your own balance sheet with that kind of business … strikes us as the height of folly.”