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Going on now in Washington, D.C.: testimony before the Full Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources regarding plug-in vehicles. Specifically, the hearing is about S. 3495, the Promoting Electric Vehicles Act of 2010, and is intended to "receive testimony on policies to reduce oil consumption through the promotion of accelerated deployment of electric-drive vehicles." Hey, that sounds like it could be important.

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Brian Wynne, president of the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), was a busy man at the Washington Auto Show/EDTA Conference this week. Considering all of the attention being focused on the industry his association represents, this isn't a big surprise. But, after almost six years with the EDTA, does he see the recent intensity change in plug-in vehicles as more of a revolution or an evolution? A little bit of both, and it's playing out in a lot of ways. "There is a real accelerati

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Yesterday's second annual Green Car Summit was not nearly as fiery as last year's discussion, and maybe that's a good thing.

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As I mentioned earlier today, the FREEDOM Act language regarding tax incentives for Americans looking to convert their hybrids to plug-in versions was stripped out of the energy bill that ended up passing in the U.S. Senate. Toyota made their claim for why PHEVs are a bad idea, and in my inbox today was the newsletter from the EDTA, and it included this bit from EDTA President Brian Wynne regarding the reason that part of the bill was removed:

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