By Eric Loveday ·
May 07, 2012

Plug-In Vehicle Tax Credits for 2011 Could Hit $150 Million

US consumers are eligible to receive up to $150 million in federal and state tax credits for the 18,000-plus electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles purchased in 2011.

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By Brad Berman ·
March 08, 2012

President Obama Pivots to "All Of The Above" Clean Vehicle Message

Yesterday, the White House proposed spending $1 billion to assist 15 communities in the deployment of advanced-technology vehicles. He announced that $3.7 billion would be set aside for tax credits for clean cars, and that the incentive for an electric car could increase from $7,500 to $10,000. But those numbers distract attention from a major shift in focus away from plug-in cars as the marquee solution, to a portfolio of technologies and fuels, including vehicles running on compressed natural gas. Conspicuously absent was any mention of President Obama's goal of putting 1 million electric cars on U.S. roads by 2015.

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By Eric Loveday ·
February 16, 2012

Washington Senate Passes Bill to Charge Electric Vehicle Owners a $100 Annual Fee

If Washington state lawmakers agree, owners of electric vehicles would be charged $100 per year to make up for the lack of paying gas tax. The bill was passed by the Senate, and now heads to the House.

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By Brad Berman ·
February 15, 2012

President Obama Proposes $10,000 Electric Vehicle Incentive

The Obama Administration wants to boost government incentives on electrified vehicles from the current $7,500 to $10,000. The increase is a provision in Obama's proposed $3.8 trillion budget for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1. The Wall Street Journal and others claim that Obama's budget has little chance of passage. Regardless, the proposal draws a line in the sand declaring that EV tax credits (even at the current $7,500 level) will be defended against Republican attacks.

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By Brad Berman ·
January 31, 2012

Kansas Representative Pitches 1 Cent Per Kilowatt-Hour Tax on Plug-in Vehicles

Officials in Kansas are concerned that if too many of the state's residents switch to electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles, then revenue from the gas tax will no longer be sufficient to keeps Kansas' roads in pristine condition. State Representative Tom Sloane (R-KS) proposed a contradictory solution that assumes a large increase in EV adoption, while simultaneously discouraging consumers to purchase vehicles that use electricity as fuel.

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By Brad Berman ·
January 03, 2012

Republican Congressman Calls for Cancellation of $7,500 Plug-in Vehicle Tax Credit

Republican Congressman Mike Kelly represents Pennsylvania's 3rd congressional district, but earns his living selling vehicles at Kelly Chevrolet-Cadillac, a dealership located in Butler, Penn. Last week, Kelly introduced legislation calling for the cancellation of the US' $7,500 plug-in vehicle tax credit. Kelly, openly critical of the Chevy Volt, says that "gambling hard-earned taxpayer dollars in green projects and industries that are more politically than performance driven."

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By Brad Berman ·
January 02, 2012

Three Plug-in Vehicle Incentives Expired with New Year

The new year's parties are over, and we begin the second full year of a growing electric car market. Unfortunately, we start 2012 minus three plug-in vehicle incentives that expired at the stoke of midnight on Dec. 31.

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By Brad Berman ·
December 20, 2011

California Calls for 1.4 Million Electric Vehicles by 2025

Earlier this month, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) proposed a new package of tough clean vehicle standards, which the agency calls the Advanced Clean Cars program. The program, aimed at vehicles manufactured from 2015 to 2025, is a mash-up of existing standards that currently are separately tracked. The target to keep your eye on is CARB’s goal for electric vehicles. Starting in 2018 and running through 2025, CARB proposes a target of selling enough zero emission vehicles (ZEV) to put 1.4 million of them on the road by 2025.

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By John Gartner ·
October 05, 2011

EVs Provide ‘Wheels-to-Workers’ Value

When comparing a plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) to the venerable gasoline car, most of the talk surrounds the “well to wheels” comparison, which gauges the environmental impact of the vehicle and its fuel usage. But what of the differences in job creation, or the “wheels to workers” value of shifting the fuel from largely imported fossil fuel to nearly entirely domestically supplied electricity?

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By Zach McDonald ·
September 09, 2011

Federal Funding for EV Infrastructure Spreads to Communities

An early criticism of the federal government’s investment in electric car infrastructure was that it focused too narrowly on a few locations. But yesterday the US Department of Energy announced 16 projects to support EV adoption in 24 states and the District of Columbia—in an effort to encourage adoption more broadly across the United States.

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