A new organization—the Hybrid Owners of America (HOA)—launched itself today to organize and to advocate for the interests of the roughly 500,000 Americans who are driving hybrid cars and other gas/electric vehicles.
In addition to tracking federal, state, local and private sector incentives to keep hybrid car owners armed with the latest information, HOA is encouraging hybrid vehicle drivers to get involved by urging Congress and the White House to embrace a five-point hybrid-friendly agenda:
Lifting the current cap on the federal tax break for hybrid purchases;
Creating a new federal tax incentive for those who undertake a plug-in hybrid conversion;
Promoting a new federal tax break for corporations that provide direct incentives to employees who buy hybrids;
Rewarding US automakers that undertake more hybrid research and production with assistance in dealing with health care and other high-cost issues; and
Setting a target of switching over federal vehicle fleet purchases to hybrids of 10% for 2007, 20% for 2008 and 30% for 2009.