How Electric Car-Friendly is Your Candidate? Plug In America Has the Answer

By · November 01, 2010

Plug In America logo />

Are you rooting for electric cars? Are they an important political issue to you? Do you know how your current Representative and Senators stand on the issue? As America gets ready to vote tomorrow, non-profit electric car advocacy organization Plug In America (PIA) has taken the time to analyze how each sitting congressperson scores on a scale of EV-friendliness.

By examining five pivotal votes in the House of Representative and four pivotal votes in the Senate, PIA has given every Senator and Representative a score on a scale of 0-100%. If these votes truly represent how EV-friendly the politicians are, then there is no clearer affirmation of how broadly plug-ins are supported by a huge spectrum of political backgrounds. Out of 435 Representatives, 211 scored a perfect 100%. In the Senate the perfect score is even more impressive with 67 members receiving that honor. On the other end of the scale only 2 Senators scored 0%, whereas 98 Representatives turned up a goose egg.

"Legislation dedicated to energy issues, especially advanced automobiles, has steadily increased as Representatives and Senators realize the crucial need for early deployment of electric vehicles and EV infrastructure," said PIA in their legislative scorecard introduction. "Whether support is given based on environmental concerns or security issues, Plug In America is proud to document the steps taken by Congress to facilitate the passage of these crucial pieces of legislation."

You can read the entire report below.

How Does Your Candidate Stand on Electric Cars?

New to EVs? Start here

  1. Electric Cars Pros and Cons
    EVs are a great solution for most people. But not everybody.
  2. Seven Things To Know About Buying a Plug-In Car
    A few simple tips before you visit the dealership.
  3. Federal and Local Incentives for Plug-in Hybrids and Electric Cars
    Take advantage of credits and rebates to reduce EV costs.
  4. Guide to Buying First Home EV Charger
    You'll want a home charger. Here's how to buy the right one.
  5. The Ultimate Guide to Electric Car Charging Networks
    If you plan to charge in public, you'll want to sign up for charging network membership (or two).
  6. Comprehensive Electric Vehicle Charging Guide for Businesses
    How do you ensure that electric car owners will be happy with every visit to your charging spot?
  7. How to Use the PlugShare EV Charging Station Tool
    Locate EV charging stations and optimize their use with a powerful mobile app.
  8. Guide to Quick Charging of Electric Cars
    Add 50 to 60 miles of range in about 20 minutes. Here's how.
  9. Calculating the Real Price of EV Public Charging
    Compare the cost of charging on the road to what you pay at home.
  10. Eight Rules of Electric Vehicle Charging Etiquette
    Thou shalt charge only when necessary. And other rules to live by.