Advancing EV policy in Washington, D.C.
06.06.2019 - by Katherine Stainken
Advancing EV policy in Washington, D.C.

Spring has sprung and so has EV policy at the federal level in 2019. Plug In America has been working to advance EV policy and educate more members of Congress on the benefits of driving electric and electrifying the transportation sector.

Our top priority is securing more co-sponsors for the Driving America Forward Act, which extends the federal EV tax credit to an additional 400,000 credits to be available for consumers per each automaker. You can check out the current list of co-sponsors here. If your representative is not yet a co-sponsor, we encourage you to reach out and tout the benefits of driving electric.

Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) also introduced the Electric Cars Act to extend the EV tax credit for 10 years. In addition, Merkley and Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) introduced the Zero Emission Vehicle Act of 2019, which would require that by 2030, 50% of sales of new passenger vehicles are zero emission, ramping up 5% each year after that to reach 100% of sales by 2040.  

Finally, the House Energy and Commerce Committee introduced the Leading Infrastructure for Tomorrow’s America Act (HR 2471). As part of a larger bill, sections 3430134307 are specific to EVs. The bill would establish a national policy statement that would seek to promote greater electrification of the transportation sector. The bill would also develop a model building code for residential and commercial buildings to install EV charging equipment, allow for states to encourage their utilities to invest in the transportation electrification sector and deploy EV charging stations, and provide grants to states to develop State Energy Transportation Plans that seek to promote electric transportation.

Other EV bills we’re working on include:

7 comments on “Advancing EV policy in Washington, D.C.”
  1. Deborah Tutro says:


  2. Eric Strid says:

    I’m encouraged that we’re queueing up some meaty EV bills. In addition to light vehicles, let’s create federal funding for electric buses for schools and transit, since these would cut fuel and maintenance costs as well as lots of climate and toxic emissions. Pay for it by cutting the direct subsidies we give to fossil fuels.

  3. Fred Thurston says:

    Once you drive an EV you won’t want to drive anything else. We have An EV and a plug in hybrid. We also are powered by a 10 kw solar system. Please please support the tax rebates on EVs and solar systems. They are the future but people need a little push. I would really appreciate your support for the tax incentives. Let’s be a little progressive please

  4. Jean says:

    I live in an apartment which does not allow the recharging of Electric Vehicles into an outlet. The working poor are hit the hardest and, if you could, could you craft a legislation or a petition to enact apartments to have ev charging units.

  5. Marilyn hakim says:

    I have driven an total electric car for 6 years .plan my summers trip need more quick charge stations every 100 miles on all highways. It is a dream to drive electric

  6. Emil says:

    I wish Congress would extend the $7500 tax credit on TESLA’s.
    I work for the US POSTAL SERVICE, are we upgrading of vehicles to electric?

  7. Sergio Messina says:

    Please consider the adoption of EVs as a way of not only helping the transition to sustainable energy but also for safety reasons, economical reasons without having to worry about maintenance as much as we normally do with traditional internal combustion engine vehicles. If we don’t do it for our children and grandchildren who will? On a purely economic level, China will do to us with electric vehicles what Japan did with VCRs back in the 70s -80s.

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