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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
Last month, Germany reported a shocking 21 percent improvement in auto sales, and the greatest driver in the uptick was a used vehicle scrapping plan that pays drivers 2,500 euros ($3,150) to remove their old car from the road. With new car sales in most other countries down by at least that much, it was widely speculated that other governments would look closely at Germany's new system to see if it would be worth adopting in their areas.
When the big stimulus bill was passed this week, the number that rose to the forefront was a $2 billion investment for plug in vehicles. But, if you add in all the additional plug-in help for things like infrastructure, the actual plug-in stimulus package is closer to $12.5 billion, according to Plug In America's legislative director Jay Friedland. We've taken a look at some of these monies before, but Friedland made a nice list of exactly how much money is available for what. For example, the $