WASHINGTON -- Joerg Sommer, vice president of product marketing and strategy at Volkswagen of America, says the automaker will invest $10 million in EV charging infrastructure by 2016.
At an event here last week, he also called on federal and state governments to do more to spur electric-vehicle sales and EV infrastructure development.
At the Electric Drive Transportation Association's annual conference, Sommer called for:
n Federal spending on EV fast-charger installations in cities and along highway corridors.
n An extension of a tailpipe emissions credit multiplier for plug-in vehicles that will shrink from the 2017 through 2021 model years.
n State and federal fleet operators to buy more plug-in hybrids and battery-electric vehicles.
"Automakers have effectively delivered electric vehicles that can satisfy the needs of most American drivers," Sommer said in prepared remarks.
"This should be a U.S. government priority."
The call for additional government support of EVs comes amid tepid demand for them, however.
According to the association, some 24 plug-in electric and hydrogen fuel cell models are on the market, and another 20 are expected to arrive through next year.