Most know House Resolution 6899 as the offshore drilling bill, but it also contains the plug-in tax credit that Toyota complained about yesterday, as well as a mandate that all gas stations offer an alternative fuel pump by 2018. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill today with a vote of 236 - 189, and the details of the plug-in tax credit are different than what Automotive News reported yesterday.
Kicking Tires reports that the tax credit would apply to any "new qualified plug-in electric drive motor vehicle" with a battery of at least 5 kWh. It would start at $3,000 and add $200 for every kilowatt hour over 5 up to a maximum of $5,000. The 2011 Chevy Volt is the only plug-in vehicle officially confirmed for sale so far, and with a 16kWh battery would max out the credit at $5,000. The bill also reveals that the plug-in tax credit would have an identical lifespan as currently available hybrid tax credits, which means the first 60,000 vehicles per company that meet the requirements would be eligible, and the credit would be reduced by 25% then 50% before being phased out. If passed into law, the plug-in tax credit would take effect after December 31st, 2008, though the first eligible vehicle won't be available for another two years.

As for the section on mandatory alternative fuel pumps, it requires that every gas station owned by a major gas company have at least one alternative fuel pump by 2018. The bill specifies "alternative fuel" as natural gas, E85 or higher, biodiesel, renewable diesel or hydrogen. Any company not in compliance by 2018 would be fined $100,000 per station, though a $50,000 tax credit would be offered to stations that choose an E85 pump. We'll let you discuss the merits of that particular provision in the comments below.

[Source: Kicking Tires]

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