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As we noted over the weekend, the Stimulus Bill that moved through Congress contains a lot of help for plug-in vehicles. As you might expect, the advocacy group Plug In America is quite pleased that President Obama signed the bill today (see full statement after the jump). While there is PHEV love in the bill - including $2 billion for advanced battery technologies - hard-hit PHEV-hopeful cities like Flint, Michigan don't necessarily see a lot of help now that the Chevy Volt's future in the city is uncertain. In fact, aside from a tax credit worth up $2,500 to for pure electric low-speed vehicles, cleaner vehicles (i.e., hybrids) available on the lot today don't get a lot of help. HybridCars says that plug-in hybrid conversions can qualify for a tax credit of up to 10 percent of the cost of the conversion, if it's done by an authorized firm before the end of 2011. The bill also allows people who earn less than $125,000 individually, or $250,000 jointly, to deduct the sales tax on a new car. Quite a bit there, but is it enough? What's your take?

[Source: WaPo, Plug In America, HybridCars]

PRESS RELEASE:

Plug In America Hails Plug-in Electric Car Aid in Stimulus Bill
Consumers to Benefit from Tax Relief, More Green Jobs

Plug In America hailed the stimulus bill that President Obama signed today, having helped shape plug-in vehicle provisions in the bill through nationwide grassroots activism and legislative advocacy.

"This bill, which invests more than $2 billion in plug-in technology, will put vastly more numbers and kinds of plug-in electric vehicles on the road," said Plug In America legislative director Jay Friedland. "It will help create jobs and spur spending by incentivizing consumers to purchase the cleanest-running vehicles made today and those just around the corner."

As the stimulus bill moved through Congress, Plug In America's supporters sent some 62,000 email messages to their representatives coast to coast. The nonprofit organization urged a significant increase in the number and types of vehicles covered by a plug-in vehicle tax credit. It won expansion of the tax credit from 250,000 vehicles industry wide to 200,000 vehicles per manufacturer, and the inclusion of two- and three-wheeled electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid conversions.

Eight major auto companies have announced the manufacture, with delivery dates, of highway capable all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles. Therefore, the historic bill, which has a tax credit of up to $7,500 per vehicle, has the potential to stimulate the sale of up to one-and-a-half million plug-in vehicles.

"The President has called for one million plug-ins by 2015, and while we'd like to reach that number even sooner, this provision will do wonders in helping us to meet Obama's goal," Friedland said. "It also gives the auto companies tremendous incentive to accelerate their delivery."

Plug In America helped shape an amendment by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) extending a 10% plug-in car tax credit to all-electric motorcycles, three-wheeled enclosed electric vehicles, Neighborhood Electric Vehicles, and plug-in cars that have been converted from gas cars or hybrids such as the Toyota Prius. Some of these vehicles are already for sale and are the most affordable clean vehicles available.

The amendment passed the Senate with broad bipartisan support, 80-16, showing a unified commitment to get plug-ins on the road.

"This bill makes an investment in our future in electric plug-in vehicles by making sure we create the right incentives for investment in this kind of manufacturing," Sen. Cantwell said in her Senate floor speech. "... we are going to create economic opportunity now...create jobs for the future and [get] us off of our foreign dependence on oil."

Plug In America also worked closely with a bipartisan group of senators including Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and with plug-in hybrid organizations including CalCars.org, and a coalition it created of plug-in vehicle businesses from coast to coast including A123/Hymotion, Aptera, Brammo, Electric Motorsport, Mission Motorcycles, Myers Motors, Persu Mobility, Plug In Conversions Corp., Vectrix, and Zero Motorcycles.

The final bill, which also boosted tax credits for plug-in vehicle infrastructure, modifies a plug-in vehicle tax credit passed into law at the end of the previous congressional session. The credit ranges from $2,500 to $7,500 for vehicles equipped with 4- to 16-kilowatt hours of battery energy. The auto companies that have announced delivery dates are GM, Chrysler, Ford, Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Hyundai and BMW.

About Plug In America: Plug In America is leading the nation's plug-in vehicle movement. The nonprofit organization works to accelerate the shift to plug-in vehicles powered by clean, affordable, domestic electricity to reduce our nation's dependence on petroleum and improve the global environment. For more information: http://www.pluginamerica.org.


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      • 4 Months Ago
      When you spend that much of the tax payer's money on anything and everything you can imagine the unexamined wording for, there is a high probability that at least one or possibly even two good things will get shoved in there between the miles and miles of finely printed fraud and abuse that is the abosolute rape of Lady Liberty, A.K.A. "The Stimulus".

      I suppose that we, the victim of this legislative sex crime, can at least take solace in the fact that our rapist doesn't have any STDs. And no, I wouldn't call that "praise".
      • 4 Months Ago
      A gigantic pork digested turd of a bill that will put a drag on our economy for at least 30 years. I guess no one bothered to ask "what kind of change".
      • 4 Months Ago
      Eight major auto companies have announced the manufacture, with delivery dates, of highway capable all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles. Therefore, the historic bill, which has a tax credit of up to $7,500 per vehicle, has the potential to stimulate the sale of up to one-and-a-half million plug-in vehicles.

      This is definitely the direction that America needs to go. Combine this with the funds for the smart grid and we will have a huge jump in efficiency. All of the billions of dollars we spend on gasoline will be produced here in America with a combination of renewable sources and clean coal which are both funded with this bill.

      Congratulations to America and President Obama!
      • 4 Months Ago
      This whole stimulus bill is ridicules. It does nothing to create long term jobs. These are all short term projects that they want to do. What are all of these people working on these projects going to do once everything is fixed? They will be jobless without any where to turn and the economy will go back down. If we are going to throw money around, lets throw some into creating jobs outside of the government. One job resource that could us a jolt of life is our manufacturing industry. I was reading articles over at americanboom.com about how much of this problem could have been avoided if we had not outsourced all of our manufacturing to China. We need to stop relying on the government to bail us out and start bailing each other out. If we support companies that employ Americans then maybe they will not move to China.
      • 4 Months Ago
      Dear Leader just rammed through the largest piece of pork in history, and got Congress to sign off on it without a single legislator in either house actually reading it before the vote. Not to mention that Obama lied about posting the bill on the internet for at least 48 hours before a vote.

      The problem with government 'stimulus' is that most of it will line the pockets of government bureaucrats and the favored few that Obama owes for buying him his new job. So the net result is that the 'stimulus' will be worse than doing exactly nothing for those of us without cushy government jobs or Illinois Democratic Party connections. You can rest assured that "green" energy initiatives will actually do worse with the Porkulous Bill than they would have without it.

      BTW, did you know that every Democrat that has been elected to the Illinois Governorship since 1960 has either been impeached, or spent time in prison? When you play with a tarbaby, you get tar on you.
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      www.chl-tx.com Thanks, BHO, for the tremendous boost you have given my business!
      • 4 Months Ago
      credit is just like Crack’s evil twin
      • 4 Months Ago
      Here is a great video regarding Porkzilla:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKKHSAE1gIs
      • 4 Months Ago
      Don't worry, the Statists comrades will get their redistribution. In a year or 2 when they are paying $10.00 (or more) for a loaf of bread after waiting an hour in line just like the Soviet's did, they will blame “conservatives” for collapsing the fiat currency with endless social programs and a huge military empire.

      Any child knows It is counter productive to steal from the producer only to give to the non-producer. After a while, the producer get's tired of being punished and all production stops. This is why socialism ALWAYS lowers a nations quality of life.

      Hello… “Works” programs are a short-term job. What will these poor people do when the projects are done, the money/credit is gone and bread is $10.00/loaf?

      We MUST create and EXPORT hard goods and import other people’s money again and we must get the yoke of the military-industrial complex and giant gov't off our necks if we are to have a change of surviving as a nation!

      Apparently, repeating the same mistakes over and over again is “progressive”.

      I always thought that doing the same thing over and over while each time expecting a different result was the definition of insanity...

      Welcome to “change”. I “hope” We, the people survive this…
      • 4 Months Ago
      "Enough"? The stock markets seemed to think it was way too much, dropping about 4% today.

      Generally when one hits bottom, the best solution is to stop digging. I'm guessing our elected servants don't believe we've hit bottom yet, but they're apparently determined to get us there ASAP.