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Electric Vehicle Legislation Interesting in D.C.; Many Many Options, No Certainty

By Chambers · July 21,

Junior Senator Jeff is determined to get electric vehicle passed and has sponsored two bills broad bipartisan support to it.

On a 19-4 votewith broad supportthe Promoting Electric Act (PEVA) of 2010 was voted out of today and is now awaiting scheduling for a on the floor of the Senate before The House also has its own version of the which would have to be by that body before the bill would be signed law.

The bill’s sponsors, Byron Dorgan (D-ND), Alexander (R-TN), and Jeff (D-OR), hope that if the is passed it will put the nation on a to electrify half its cars and by 2030, lowering U.S. for oil by about one-third.

As widely the PEVA’s main goal is to set up a of deployment communities across the where, according to Dorgan’s targeted incentive programs for vehicles and charging infrastructure would help demonstrate market penetration and determine ‘best practices’ would be for nationwide deployment of electric

Originally the PEVA involved $11 in funding, but was whittled down to $6 billion as a compromise for the deficit The version that passed out of today was for about $3.6 but according to Mike Westling, Merkley’s Press Secretary, simply boils down to a issue; The PEVA was passed out of the Committee, which has no jurisdiction tax credits, so extra tax credits for the communities$10,000 per electric carwere from the bill in order to get it out of However, according to Westling, credits will be added in when the PEVA reaches the floor and the bill will be to its full $6 billion before a vote.

With President recently joining in the promotion of vehicles on several high battery manufacturing facility and this recent focus on electric vehicle legislation it seems that the plug-in is gathering a full head of as we enter the next phase of its introduction of actual production over the next two years.

Passage is Far From Certain

though the bill is now out of committee, still remain about its The auto industry has come out in of any bill that specifically a handful of communities for federal saying that it leaves the of the country in the lurch.

Kathryn director of the Alliance of Automobile also said at a recent Attempts to prejudge the market tremendous risks, and the problem is by making just a few large While the industry thinks electric cars represent promise, they don’t buy any silver bullet argument and that all promising future automotive technologiesincluding clean conventional hybrid, hydrogen cell, biofuels, and, of plug-insshould be treated equally.

the pushback from the industry, the of the bill out of committee by no means that it will have an route to being signed law. To complicate matters more, Senate Democratswho to achieve passage of a comprehensive Bill by the time Congress for recess in Novemberare now rumbling they want to include the in the Energy Bill, which delay its passage and tie it to the very and by no means bipartisan effort, that massive package of

One of the beauties of the PEVA is how broad a of support it has among both and Republicans. In fact, there is no other major issue on the right now that has anywhere that amount of bipartisan so muddling it up by putting it inside bill that has become polarizing during an election might just spell its

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Already the PEVA has been down from its original $11 to a compromised $6 billion. And there are reports that to accommodate criticism, that $6 billion be now be spread out over the entire instead of concentrated in a handful of If that turns out to be the case, you to wonder how much more it get squeezed before it becomes a effort?

But Wait, There’s Another

Potentially confusing the issue more, one of the PEVA’s original Senator Merkley, has just a bill of his own called the Oil Independence for a America Act (OISAA). This has not even been officially in the Senate yet, but details of plan can be found on his website

Cosponsored by Senators Tom Carper Tom Udall (D-NM) and Michael (D-CO), the OISAA not only the entirety of the original language the PEVA, but it also address a ton of issues. From helping establish other transportation (light rail, personal transit, etc.), to accelerating electrification, to increasing energy to setting even higher vehicle fuel economy to helping truck drivers their rigs more efficient, to increasing the use of natural gas commercial vehicles, the OISAA the gamut. In fact, it’s so that even the Natural Defense Council has seemed to approve of it .

But, although the OISAA to have the potential for broad support, its very presence may up the waters even more. I had the to talk with Merkley’s Officer, Mike Westling, about the potential for this. The are two separate bills and the Senator is this electric vehicle through both means, Westling. It’s great if we can the Promoting Electric Vehicles because that’s part of Merkley’s oil independence plan.

In case, the oil independence plan then be altered because the vehicle portion is already he said.

The bottom line is the Senator has his full support both the Promoting Electric Act that he sponsored with Dorgan and Alexander, as well as his Oil plan, and he wants to see electric progress by either means or concluded Westling.

Based on the appearance of Merkley’s after objections from the industry were raised the original PEVA, it seemed the OISAA was a direct response to the feeling that dumping all the into the EV basket was taking risk. But according to Westling, just not the case. The oil independence is something Senator Merkley has working on for quite a whileand thinking about for quite a it’s definitely not a result of any to industry’s take on the electric bill, he said.


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