Hillary Clinton favors an almost identical increase in fuel efficiency standards, but her plan offers an array of incentives for hybrid buyers and manufacturers. One such proposal would give a tax credit of up to $10,000 toward the purchase of a plug-in hybrid or the retrofitting of an existing hybrid to incorporate plug-in technology. Clinton also wants to add 100,000 plug-ins to the federal fleet and help cities and states pay to do the same.
John McCain favors establishing “a national challenge to improve the cost, range, size, and weight of electric batteries for automobiles,” and flexible fuel technologies, but he has yet to unveil a detailed energy plan. It is worth noting that McCain was the only major Republican candidate to discuss climate change with any urgency during the primaries, and that he has consistently called for a decreased dependence on foreign oil while opposing drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Many of these proposals would have us hitting around 55 MPG by 2030. But like with much of what the candidates offer, you have to close your eyes and click your heels three times and just hope that when the details are filled in later, it’ll be as good as it sounds.