end on article .... Government not buying as many alternative fuel vehicles ... and something very wrong in numbers.... by 2015 more then 3 times the number of alternative fuel vehicles expected for sale and yet total sales of alternative vehicles rising only about 50%. Meaning a lot of models coming out will not make it.
Availability of models will improve as the U.S. auto industry expands its offering of 18 electric and plug-in car and truck models last year to 28 this year and 56 by 2015, Baum said. His previous research helped Obama set his 2009 goal of 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015, which he now says looks unlikely.
Hybrid electric models that use a battery to supplement a gasoline engine in some manner may rise to 680,000 in 2015 from 434,498 last year, he said.
In 2011, the most-recent data available, the U.S. government’s gasoline use rose to a 26-year high, increasing 2.3 percent to 52.5 trillion British thermal units, according to data compiled by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Obama has said he wants to reduce U.S. oil imports, saying promoting greener vehicles is part of that strategy. Gasoline usage has risen each year of Obama’s presidency, according to EIA data.