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Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources heard testimony on expanding the presence of electric cars in America. In short, the hearing gave plug-in vehicle supporters a chance to tell lawmakers what they think of this new breed of vehicles. There was a lot said in favor of plug-in vehicles, even if the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers did send a representative to voice some of the group's concerns about the bill under discussion (the Promoting Electric Vehicles Act of

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.

Back during the Clinton era, Federal funds in the U.S. favored plug-in hybrids research. The money shifted during the Bush administration to hydrogen fuel-cell research. Candidate Obama pledged to have 1 million plug-in hybrid electric vehicles on American roads in six years, and the DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has taken Obama's pledge seriously. The general trend for federal money is not back to plug-ins. The stimulus package included $2 billion in grants (at least) f