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Ray LaHood’s Bullish EV Views

Outgoing US Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has bucked many stereotypes and trends within the past 4 years. He was a Republican working in a leading position in the Obama administration. Despite being Republican, he was also a strong advocate for bicycling and walking as transportation options (probably the greatest our country has ever seen) and high-speed rail. And he is also a strong believer that the future of automobiles is electricity.

Outgoing US Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Photo Credit: thisisbossi | CC BY-NC-SA

Outgoing US Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Photo Credit: thisisbossi / CC BY-NC-SA

“By 2025, all of us, every family, will have some kind of hybrid or electric vehicle,” LaHood said in his departure speech.

To be honest, that’s even more optimistic than I would venture to be when it comes to EVs. I think almost any family that owns a car will own an EV or hybrid, but there’s no way every family will own a vehicle (not including bikes)… so there’s no way that’s coming true.

But the message is clear — electricity is the future of automobiles — and I wholeheartedly support that.

Notably, LaHood has been keen on big visions for years. “We’re talking about nothing short of transforming transportation much the same way the interstate highway system did under President Eisenhower,” he wrote on his official blog back in January 2011.

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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, SCTY, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB. After years of covering solar and EVs, he simply had a lot of faith in these companies and felt like they were good companies to invest in as a portion of his retirement strategy. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.


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