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US Reps. Biggert, Markey, McNerney, & Eshoo introduce Electric Drive Vehicle Deployment Act

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.

Comments

SJC

In this city they could buy two Fusion hybrids and three Escape hybrids and have them retrofitted with more batteries to run mostly on electric. Will they do this?...no because they do not have the money to buy them and incentives probably won't do it either.

Reel$$

The point of the legislation is to provide grants for building public charging stations. Which is a good idea. Even if most early adopters will charge at home or office - SEEING high profile infrastructure installed around town - reinforces the EV message. What's that message? There IS an alternative to buying another gasoline burning car.

These guys have got the vision. Some of this funding should be used to install low and zero carbon stations. And if they can get solar people and municipal recycling departments to cooperate in capturing energy - they will be installing the world's first zero-carbon network of EV charging stations.

Setting up a PV charge station with outfits like Envision would fast track some of the solar component. http://envisionsolar.com/project-portfolio/

And following on Toyota Ballard's PEM FC utilizing H2 from landfill waste would make another high profile charge station worthy of a lot of green ink.

Beyond that would be a NG fueled SOFC demonstration installation where the local gas utility (often the electric util too) subsidizes the installation of a low carbon recharge point. Bloom Energy might be a candidate.

Finally, as we are seeing it now in the mainstream - a charge station demonstrating LENR such as Blacklight Power or Andrea Rossi's E-Cat 12kW system. The energy demand on Earth is going to grow greater at a faster rate than ever before - we will need a broad and DIVERSE portfolio of energy solutions to meet this demand.

The four Representatives that have sponsored this legislation are deserving of the title - they are Representing the best interests of their people. Congratulations - now get it signed!

HarveyD

Reel$$....I agree with you on this one. Politicians from all parties should support faster deployment of electrified vehicles and charging stations.

Can this very small group get the wide support required to get any legislation through? That's a good question.

SJC

We have one charger by a bus station left over from the 90s as a monument to stupidity.

SJC

Here people drive SUVs and large pickup trucks. An EV charge station would be about as popular as a Texas salad bar.

Reel$$

SJC, you made me LOL! I watched a video of a guy driving his Volt in real life... Well, he calls OnStar to guide him to the nearest charge point... gets there and it's the old paddle charger for the EV1!

SJC

Yeah, Back to the Future part four. I like EVs and I like public chargers, but let's not make this a political feel good football. Do what we can to promote advancement without looking like fools.

If city, county, state and federal government agencies want to buy PHEVs, then fine. We have lots of vehicles running around checking on construction codes, business licenses and everything else. If people see them driving PHEV vehicles, then the air is cleaner and there is less oil imported.

Look at it as a public relations effort. Once they see PHEVs for city use and hybrid buses for Dial a Ride and other efforts, maybe more people will consider a hybrid. Make it a patriotic issue, they could have bought a large SUV, but instead they bought a Tahoe hybrid, Escape hybrid or Highlander hybrid. Small steps can lead to big progress.

Aaron Turpen

So lemme get this straight.. we're over $14 trillion in the hole, our current budget is putting us another trillion in the red every year.. and these guys are trying to create new grants?!?!

Where is this money coming from? I wish I could run up limitless credit card debt like Washington does. I'd live high on the hog too and throw money around like it was nothing.

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