US Representative Judy Biggert (R-IL-13), Reps. Edward J. Markey (D-MA-7), Jerry McNerney (D-CA-11), and Anna Eshoo (D-CA-14) introduced legislation designed to fast track the deployment of electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid technologies.
The Electric Drive Vehicle Deployment Act will provide grants to help regional communities establish themselves as models for the successful development, installation, and deployment of advanced electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure, including public charging stations. The bill also offers consumer incentives for the purchase of EVs, promotes utility modernization to accommodate EV deployment, provides assistance for the installation of charging infrastructure, and encourages domestic production of EV components.
According to the bill’s sponsors, the legislation recognizes that major infrastructure challenges are complex, requiring flexibility and adaptation in different regions. It authorizes the Secretary of Energy to competitively 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 a consumer benefit of 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. In addition, it extends to 2014 federal tax credits for the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charging equipment for individuals (up to $2000) or businesses (up to $50,000 for multiple equipment purchases).
Finally, the bill 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.