Government Plan Ends Funding for Clean Diesel and Hydrogen Fuel Cells
The Obama administration has proposed a cut in the budget to the clean running diesel fund and the fund for fuel cells in an effort to focus the majority of funding to electric ran vehicles. The Clean Diesel program that is ran by the US Environmental Protection Agency would go from having a $80 billion budget in 2012 to zero. This new policy would also take the hydrogen fuel cell program by the Energy Department to a funding of zero, in 2010 the program had a budget of $49 million.
The goal of the plan set forth by Obama would spend all the money on electrical vehicles. Which includes increasing the manufacturing of electrical vehicles that Obama hoped to have around one million of these electric powered vehicles on the road by 2015. While also allowing for consumers to receive the $7,500 tax credit instantly at dealerships without having to wait for tax time to roll around. Which is good news for those consumers interested in purchasing electric vehicles since it would be less money out of their pocket at the time of purchase.
There has been those that are in full support of the plan, while others are doubting the success of having electric ran vehicles in a dominant force in the market. While the plan would work for those that are wanting electric ran cars, it still puts everyone else at a disadvantage. Those electric cars on the market are not designed for big families who drive SUV's or minivans. However, with the added funding to the program it could be possible for scientists and researchers to develop a way in which these people could also find vehicles to fit their large families.
The hydrogen fuel cell industry are the strongest force in debating the program stating that it would be foolish to not fund this option since it could prove to be the best option to many families. They are desperately seeking that the government reinstate their funding in order to continue their success.