The U.S Secretary of Energy is widely known for his straightforward comments. Many of which make headlines from time to time. Recent comments from Chu included asserting that electric vehicles are inevitable and even wildly stating that all cars should be E85 capable. Additional ramblings have centered around the importance of hydrogen vehicles and reassuring the public that the government is serious about hydrogen.
Now a new comment is floating around. According to an unnamed source who was in attendance at a recent meeting discussing alternative fuels, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said, "If it were up to me, I would put every cent into electric cars."
This recent comment, if true, shows that there is a disagreement amongst some in Washington, D.C. Recently, the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee reinstated the hydrogen vehicle funding indicating that perhaps the government believes that fuel cell vehicles are key to the future. Perhaps Chu disagrees, but nonetheless the funding continues.
The DOE has awarded numerous loans to companies with the intent of producing electric vehicles so it seems as though they have future interest in both EVs and fuel cell powered vehicles. Chu's statement simply asserts his view, a view that is shared by many right now.