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With a plug-in hybrid credit valued up to $7,500 now on the books (get more details here), the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) is looking past next week's big presidential election and trying to gauge the political landscape. EDTA president Brian Wynne sent out an email to EDTA members describing where the 111th Congress and the new president (whoever is elected) stand on PHEVs. The good news, if you're in favor of a car with a plug, is that legislators seem to be getting behind PHEVs, with the aforementioned tax credit hopefully predicting that the EDTA can easier explain to elected representatives "how Washington can accelerate electric drive and reduce oil dependence, sustain the environment, enhance global competitiveness and increase national security." With a lot of new House members, some new Senators and a new president all coming on the scene soon, the EDTA has its work cut out in getting more money set aside for PHEVs.

[Source: EDTA]

From the EDTA:

Congressional Wrap-up

Support for -- and understanding of -- electric drive technologies has grown spectacularly in the last two years. Highlights of the 110th Congress include passage of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which authorized critical research, development and deployment programs for electric drive vehicles and energy storage efforts. House and Senate appropriators were prepared to provide funds to make (most of) them a reality. Congress passed electric drive vehicle and infrastructure credits that can help expand the industry. The Presidential nominees' energy policy platforms include key roles for electric drive transportation.

In one of their last acts before the election, the House and Senate provided a major boost to electric drive transportation. HR 1424, the financial sector recovery bill, includes the consumer credit for the purchase of plug-in electric drive vehicle credits that EDTA has been promoting through the 110th Congress.

The credit includes the key elements that EDTA worked with Senators Hatch, Cantwell and Obama to establish in S. 1617, the Freedom Act. Specifically, the plug-in electric drive vehicle credit applies to vehicles with batteries of at least 4 kWh, which qualify for a $2,500 credit. An additional $417 is provided for each additional kWh, up to $7,500 for vehicles up to 10, 000 lbs. Vehicles up to 14,000 lbs can qualify for a $10,000 credit. Vehicles between 14,000 and 26,000 lbs can qualify for a $12,500 credit. Vehicles over 26,000 lbs can qualify for a $15,000 credit.

EDTA in the 111th

We are also looking forward to working with a new Administration and new Congress to build on the important work done in the 110th Congress. In the coming months, EDTA will be sharing with them our roadmap, detailing how Washington can accelerate electric drive and reduce oil dependence, sustain the environment, enhance global competitiveness and increase national security.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd much rather see EV's succeed without any government 'help', thankyouverymuch.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Good god man, don't you realize that pretty much every leap in technology in the modern era was driven by government money? From the advancements in aviation to the internet to medicine, government investment is the way to prime the pump of technological change, and has been since the Erie Canal opened up the Ohio River Valley to investment. The air we breath is a common good, and governments are invented to protect and administer the commons. Government should be aggressively taxing polluters who damage that common inheritance, and giving breaks to innovators who preserve and protect our limited environmental resources.
        Your brand of market libertarianism belongs in the hall of the great failed ideologies of the nineteenth century. We aren't rugged individuals carving a chunk of the wilderness out for ourselves these days. Our technologies have huge consequences and they must be managed.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I would much rather see oil companies & GM succeed without government help.

        Right now you can run your oil burner and foul the atmosphere with particulates and noxious gasses for free, as much as you want, its the American way of life dontcha know. The atmosphere is a shared community resource which we all need to survive; currently 1.5 million people die each year because of air pollution.

        If you drive an EV the emissions needed to power the vehicle will be substantially reduced. This is good for society so either we should reward vehicles with very low emissions or we should tax vehicles that spew an unacceptable amount of waste into the air we breath.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "I would much rather see oil companies & GM succeed without government help."

        I wouldn't have any problem with that, either.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Check out the Case Studies page at http://www.smithelectricvehicles.com for evidence of how far an EV maker can go without any government assistance. And then imagine how much more they could do with some serious government help. Likewise the half dozen other makers of commercial EVs who already have vehicles rolling off the production lines onto the highways.

      Working in conjunction with Ford, Smith have developed an all-electric version of the F-650 which is ready for use by delivery fleets in US cities. All it needs is commitment.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Companies and individuals who emit carbon need to be taxed. That includes me with my car. My carbon foot print pales when compared to 'clean coal' power generation plants or ExxonMobile, though. Companies have been polluting the air and have not been taxed. That's why almost every major industrial country approved the Kyoto plan except our country. The UK, for example, will begin trading carbon credits THIS year.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They supported researchs on hydrogen and then niet.

      Now they support plug-in but absolutely nobody is sure it will works.

      Why they didn't just supported a simple and easy solution like natural gas that is now growing in europe and brazil for 10x less the cost?

      It's because it's administered by chevron.