09/19/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

McCain, Obama Race To Promise More Plug-In Cars, Clean Driving

As the fight for the White House turned into an all-out energy policy battle this summer, both Senators John McCain and Barack Obama have thrown their weight (inflated tires aside) behind plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). While Detroit and Japan race to deliver mainstream electric cars to market for fleet sales as soon as early 2010, Obama has called for 1 million PHEVs on American roads by the year 2015, on the heels of McCain's initiative to jump-start research for the vehicles' batteries.

"Both candidates have been actively approaching us," says Greg Martin, a spokesperson for General Motors, whose Saturn Vue plug-in and much-hyped Chevy Volt extended-range electric vehicle are expected by late 2010. "They've been very good at reaching out and wanting to come see us, and we've welcomed them in."

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