Bi-Partisan Representatives Introduce New Act to Promote Electric Cars

By · May 03, 2011

Chevy Volt Production

Additional production of the Chevy Volt and other electric drive cars in the United States could boost domestic jobs.

There aren’t many initiatives that Republicans and Democrats can quickly agree upon, but deployment of electric cars is one of them. Both sides of the aisle support a strong EV future in the United States, as a strategy for job creation and reducing dependence on oil.

Electric Drive Vehicle Deployment Act (PDF: 100kb)

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Today, U.S. Representative Judy Biggert (R-IL) joined Reps. Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Jerry McNerney (D-CA), and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) to introduce the Electric Drive Vehicle Deployment Act—legislation designed to fast track the deployment of energy-saving electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid technologies.

“In my home district, researchers at Argonne National Laboratory are leading the charge on advanced vehicle battery technology, and their work is already paying dividends in terms of energy savings, American jobs, and U.S. competitiveness,” said Biggert, referring to a recent manufacturing agreement between Argonne, LG, and General Motors for the Chevy Volt.

“I’m glad to work with my colleague on a bipartisan effort to help advance the widespread use of electric vehicles,” said McNerney, who serves alongside Biggert on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee. “At a time of high unemployment, there’s great potential for job creation in this field and it’s critical that we lay the groundwork now for these new opportunities.”

The bill authorizes the U.S. Secretary of Energy to award up to $300 million to each of 10 different deployment communities around the country. These communities will then serve as domestic hubs for EV manufacturing and deployment, as well as proving grounds for best practices.

The Electric Drive Vehicle Deployment Act guarantees these consumer benefits:

  • At least $2,000 (beyond existing tax credits or other federal and local incentives) for the first 50,000 EV consumers within each deployment community
  • An extension of 2014 federal tax credits for the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charging equipment for individuals (up to $2,000) or businesses (up to $50,000 for multiple equipment purchases).

The bill also authorizes additional development, deployment and manufacturing incentives for EV technologies, including bond authority and a limited number of smaller grants for municipalities not selected as deployment communities.

“As America experiences the rise and fall of gas prices alongside the rise and fall of al Qaeda leadership and other Middle Eastern despots, it is time to tell the oil sheiks funding terror networks that America needs their oil as much as we need their sand,” said Markey, Ranking Member on the House Natural Resources Committee and senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “It’s time for America to start driving toward a clean, safe energy future, and electric vehicles can help power the way.”

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