Frederick Smith, president and CEO of FedEx Corp. and a member of the Energy Security Leadership Council, said that electrifying light-duty vehicles "as rapidly as possible" should be one of the country's main strategies to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil.
Of the just under 19 million barrels of oil used in the United States each day -- about 20 percent of the global demand -- 70 percent goes toward transportation, said Smith. And while U.S. oil dependence remains high, fuel prices are climbing.
Former General Motors Vice Chairman Robert Lutz echoed Smith's call for increased electrification of transportation in the United States but denounced the way EVs have been portrayed by the environmental community and criticized by right-wing pundits.
"To me, the unfortunate thing is that because electric cars are very closely associated with the left-wing environmental green movement and to combating global warming and reducing CO2, the idea of vehicle electrification triggers this visceral reaction on the part of conservatives, which is, 'If it's electric, it must be a product of the Democratic left-wing environmental machine, and therefore, we hate it,'" he said.
For Lutz, EVs are not really about curbing greenhouse gas emissions or saving money at the pump. "What these vehicles are about is shifting portions of the American mobile sector onto a more efficient and domestically produced power source," he said.
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