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Now is the time that automakers can get in touch with the Feds and let them know what they have in store for the U.S. market. General Motors has taken the unusual approach of being extremely transparent with the development of its Volt, which is either an extended-range electric-vehicle or a PHEV, depending on your point of view. As far as current, though not yet concrete, legislation is concerned, the Volt would be the only vehicle produced by a major manufacturer with enough battery capacity t

The Ways and Means Committee in the House of Representatives (the goofy name means they handle tax legislation) has apparently approved a bill proposed by Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) that could provide a huge boost to cars like the Chevy Volt. The bill HR 1331 would provide a tax credit of up to $6,000 to people who buy a plug-in hybrid vehicle that has a battery capacity of at least 4kWh.