Towards Petroleum-Free Cars
Patrick B. Davis is a vehicle program manager for the U.S. Energy Department. In this video, he talks about what the department is doing to advance the development of electric vehicle technology and its subsequent deployment.
He began his talk to the attendees of at Volvo Cars' Innovations Towards Zero workshop held on 9 June 2011 at the Swedish Embassy in Washington, D.C by noting that America spends (charges might be a better term) $1 billion a day on imported petroleum.
"This is an environmental issue. It's an economic security issue. It's an energy security issue. We have to address it aggressively," he states, adding that our largely petroleum dependent transportation system is responsible for 30% of the nation's greenhouse gas emissions. It is the intention of the Department to accomplish two inter-related issues: reduction of petroleum consumption and climate changing carbon emissions; this is why much of the effort focuses on various types of low-carbon solutions that include biofuels, hydrogen fuel cells and electric-drive systems.
He explains that President Obama's target of 1 million electric vehicles on American roads by 2015 isn't the end point, but the first major milestone.
"Ultimately you want tens of millions, hundreds of millions of electric drive vehicles."
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