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Obama has set the US an ambitious electric-vehicle goal for 2015

A panel of experts said Wednesday that President Barack Obama is unlikely to attain his goal of putting 1 million electric vehicles on American roads by 2015.

“Automakers and suppliers do not have sufficient production targets, and the demand from consumers is not yet robust enough to hit the 1 million target,” the panel said in a press release.

The group, which is led by former Ford Motor executive Gurminder Bedi, has produced an 80-page study sponsored by Indiana University on the outlook for the US electric-vehicle industry.

The panel said Obama’s goal is achievable by the end of the decade and it issued a series of recommendations that would help boost acceptance of electric vehicles in the country. Among these are a demonstration programto familiarize potential buyers with the cars; improvements in the recharging infrastructure; and accelerated research to lower the cost of batteries

The report comes as the US administration and Congress are preparing a fresh push for electric vehicles. Obama, in his State of the Union address on Jan. 25 said: “With more research and incentives, we can break our dependence on oil with biofuels, and become the first country to have a million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.”

Separately, legislation has been introduced to double the 7,500 dlr tax credit now available to buyers of a plug-in electric vehicle. And the White House has announced a community incentive program for the development of charging stations.

A full copy of the report is available here: