PHOTO CAPTION: President Barack Obama celebrates 2012 re-election victory in Chicago.

Obama 2nd Term Predicted to See Continued Clean Tech Push

Edmunds senior editor John O'Dell sees policies that will continue to promote research, development and introduction of wide range of clean energy initiatives, including electric cars and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

Published: 08-Nov-2012

SANTA MONICA, California — As President Obama begins to shape his legacy after Tuesday's re-election, his agenda could include a renewed push to promote electric cars — and a greater interest in hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.

Obama did not spell out any plans for the auto industry after waging a successful re-election campaign, but he earlier had set a goal of having 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015. The $85-billion auto- industry bailout and the renewed health of General Motors and Chrysler appeared to be a major factor in Obama's re-election.

The president's clean-energy vehicle agenda is expected to rev up in his second term.


Buyers of plug-in cars like the Volt would benefit from $10,000 tax credit under new White House proposal.

The new subsidy level represents a 33 percent jump from the current $7,500 government payout for each plug-in car buyer.

President Obama enters Marine One helicopter. Photo credit: AP Photo/Gerry Broome

The report groups the efforts into five main categories from increasing energy independence to next generation innovation.

Although Volt program began under previous Republican Administration, President Obama has championed electric vehicle technology.

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