Automakers, utilities call for federal task force on electric vehicles

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    Automakers, utilities call for federal task force on electric vehicles

    David Shepardson / Detroit News Washington Bureau

    Washington -- Automakers and the nation's utility companies urged the Obama administration to do more to boost the growth of electric vehicles.

    In a letter today to President Barack Obama, the heads of trade associations representing automakers, utility companies and battery companies urged the administration to establish a task force to help smooth the road for thousands of electric vehicles that will hit the streets starting later this year.

    "We believe that the critical, immediate next step for the Administration is to provide the necessary coordination of the growing federal, regional and private efforts," said the letter signed by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the trade group representing General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co., Chrysler Group LLC, Toyota Motor Corp. and seven others.

    Also backing the effort were the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, the Electric Drive Transportation Association and the Edison Electric Institute -- a group representing public electric companies.

    "By taking these steps, the administration can ensure that federal agencies set long-term, consistent policies that encourage electric drive vehicle and infrastructure deployment," said alliance CEO Dave McCurdy.

    The groups called for a "National Electric Fuel Task Force, to provide a necessary forum for public and private sector information exchange, and to collaboratively address challenges to large scale deployment of plug-in electric drive vehicles and the necessary infrastructure."

    The groups called for the task force to be led by the Energy Department, and include federal and state regulators; utilities; environmental groups; vehicle, fueling and grid officials; and consumers groups.

    The groups also called for an interagency working group to coordinate federal efforts. It would "provide greater coordination of federal expenditures related to electric drive technologies and of regulatory efforts across the federal government."

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    Re: Automakers, utilities call for federal task force on electric vehicles

    You know what?... I am actually surprised by the weekly avalanche of news on EV's. There's still so much that needs sorting out... still, most car makers seem to have big plans for launching EV's or hybrids.

    Personally, I think we haven's seen the end of the ol' fossil fueled engine. Efficiency can be boosted considerably. And then there are hopeful developments like the unusual engine Ecomotors recently got funding for.
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    Re: Automakers, utilities call for federal task force on electric vehicles

    Oh, a federal task force.

    We have a deficit task force.
    Let me explain their 1300-page report/conclusion, which will come out after November for some odd reason: We need higher taxes to reduce the deficit.

    Now let me take a wild one on the electrical fluid task force:
    We need more subsidies for 'lektrik vee-hick-lls.
    We need more subsidies for the utility companies.
    We need more subsidies for po folk to buy electric cars.
    We need more subsidies for R&D for electric vehicles, and in order to find more ways to get more subsidies.
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    Re: Automakers, utilities call for federal task force on electric vehicles

    Yes! A task force!....thats exactly what we need....how about a EV czar?

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