A pair of identical bills, the "Electric Drive Vehicle Deployment Acts," are expected to be introduced in the U.S. Congress today that would provide up to $11 billion in additional funding to spur deployment of electric vehicles (EVs). The hope is to get up to 4 million EVs on the road by 2017, a very audacious goal. The money would primarily go to about five to eight regions that are considered electric-vehicle friendly, which presumably means places like California, New York and some other southern states with significant urban populations.

The funds would be earmarked for additional purchase subsidies for EVs as well as installation of charging infrastructure. The latter may prove to be the more important issue in the near term as limited-range EVs will be mostly used in urban areas where users often don't have a garage. The bills in the House of Representatives and Senate have both Democratic and Republican co-sponsors and may stand a better chance of passage following the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

[Source: Green Car Advisor]

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