The $8,000 US federal tax credit for hydrogen vehicles will expire at the end of 2014, but don't count this thing down and out quite yet. Some credits that expired a year ago were just renewed by the slow-moving 113th Congress.
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Even though plug-in electric vehicle (EV) sales were much higher in 2013 than the previous year, arguments are being made that government policies are failing. An opinion piece in Energy Policy, for example, opposes federal policies incentivizing EVs and calls them inefficient and ineffective. The main thrust of the argument is that the incentives are too focused on the mainstream and could be better targeted at niche markets and early adopters. In other words, the $7,500 federal tax credit is t
The number 13 may be considered bad fortune for the superstitious, but it's the year '14 when plug-in vehicle drivers who had been looking to get a little extra tax love from the federal government will really feel out of luck. The clock is ticking through the end of the month (and the year) on two policies aimed to spur electric-vehicle adoption. Both received one-year renewals last January as part of a budget compromise but are unlikely to get another reprieve because of ongoing contentiousnes
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With the so-called fiscal cliff looming like a New Year's Day hangover, US lawmakers were able to strike an eleventh-hour deal that should prove beneficial to couples making less than $450,000 a year. Like any piece of US legislation, though, there was enough pork stuffed inside to ensure lobbyists and well-connected constituents remain happy. As a part of the deal, a few tax credits were extended that pertain to the automotive world.
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The all-electric SUV conversions from Amp – gas-free versions of the Mercedes-Benz ML and the Jeep Grand Cherokee – now qualify for the $7,500 federal tax credit from the IRS. Amp CEO Jim Taylor said in a statement that the announcement couldn't come at a better time. "Given the recent increase in gas prices and the low operating cost of an EV, more buyers are turning their attention to EV alternatives," he said.
As a candidate, Barack Obama promised to try and get a million plug-in vehicles on U.S. roads by 2015. In his State of the Union address in 2011, he repeated that number and proposed turning the $7,500 tax credit into a point-of-purchase rebate. That hasn't yet happened, but in the President's proposed budget that was released this week, Obama took another stab at promoting plug-ins: upping the maximum credit to $10,000.
As a candidate, Barack Obama promised to try and get a million plug-in vehicles on U.S. roads by 2015. In his State of the Union address in 2011, he repeated that number and proposed turning the $7,500 tax credit into a point-of-purchase rebate. That hasn't yet happened, but in the President's proposed budget that was released this week, Obama took another stab at promoting plug-ins: upping the maximum credit to $10,000. To go along with pushing PHEVs, the budget calls for cutting more subsidies
Senate Democrat Max Baucus, the chairman of the finance committee, has scrutinized President Obama's proposal to convert the $7,500 tax credit for plug-in vehicles to a point-of-purchase rebate, according to Automotive News (sub. req.) and thinks there's a potential problem.
This'd be a sweet deal for automakers. At a kick-off event for the DC Auto Show today, Representative Sander Levin (D-Royal Oak, MI, pictured) said he will introduce a bill to increase the limit on how many plug-in vehicles an automaker can sell before the $7,500 (max) tax credit expires from 200,000 to 500,000. Sander's younger brother, Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) will introduce the bill in the Senate.