Feeds

Obama: 1m electric cars on US roads by 2015, please

$7000 tax break pondered

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

'Leccy Tech Presumably choosing to do it not because it is easy but because it is hard - well, hard-ish - the Obama White House yesterday declared that it “hopes” to create a $7000 tax credit for the purchase of alternative vehicles and get one million plug-in hybrid cars – or any cars capable of 150mpg or more - that's 186+ in Imperial mpg - on US roads by 2015.

Of particular interest to the folks at Ford, Chrysler and General Motors will be the comment that said hybrids and 'leccy vehicles will be “cars that we will work to make sure are built here in America”.

It's all part of a plan for the US to "eliminate current imports from the Middle East and Venezuela within ten years", "ensure ten per cent of electricity comes from renewable sources by 2012 and 25 per cent by 2025”, and “implement an economy-wide cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 per cent by 2050.”

President Obama and GM chief

Obama and GM's Rick Wagoner: Volt for you, Mr President?

More details of President Obama's vision for the next four years can be found an the new White House website, which went live at noon yesterday just as Dubbya sloped out of Washington DC.

It was also announced yesterday that Fiat has acquired a 35 per cent stake in troubled US car maker Chrysler. The deal doesn't involve any cash changing hands but does give Chrysler access to Fiat's small-car platforms, an area in which it is very weak, and Fiat access to Chrysler's US distribution network, an area where it is even weaker.

There's no news on whether or not Chrysler's ambitious 'leccy car plans played any part in sparking Fiat's interest, but at least the deal should see Chrysler stay in business long enough to benefit from the new President's interest in matters green and electric. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM
Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?
Our LOHAN spaceplane ballocket Kickstarter climbs through £8000
Through 25 per cent but more is needed: Get your UNIQUE rewards!
Software bug caught Galileo sats in landslide, no escape from reality
Life had just begun, code error means Russia's gone and thrown it all away
LOHAN tunes into ultra long range radio
And verily, Vultures shall speak status unto distant receivers
NASA to reformat Opportunity rover's memory from 125 million miles away
Interplanetary admins will back up data and get to work
SpaceX prototype rocket EXPLODES over Texas. 'Tricky' biz, says Elon Musk
No injuries or near injuries. Flight stayed in designated area
Galileo, Galileo! Galileo, Galileo! Galileo fit to go. Magnifico
I'm just a poor boy, nobody loves me. But at least I can find my way with ESA GPS by 2017
prev story

Whitepapers

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup
Learn why inSync received the highest overall rating from Druva and is the top choice for the mobile workforce.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.