Plug In America urges Congress to take action on EVs


Plug In America urges Congress to take action on EVs

Plug In America recently sent a letter to members of Congress with specific requests to promote electric vehicles. During these difficult times, strengthening our commitment to electric transportation will improve public health through clean air and stimulate our economy by creating American jobs.

The requests include extending the federal EV tax credit, establishing a credit for used EVs, improving charging infrastructure, and leading efforts on EV battery recycling. View a summary of our requests below and read the full letter here.

  1. Promote clean air and encourage adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) among consumers:
    1. Pass HR 2256/S 1094, the Driving America Forward Act, which brings PEVs to price parity with gas vehicles and gives Americans the choice of which PEV to drive.
    2. Pass HR 5161, the Affordable PEVs for Working Families Act of 2019, which creates a new credit for buyers of used PEVs, providing more options to consumers who are low-income.
    3. Pass a “Cash for Clunkers” style program, similar to the Clean Cars for America Act, to encourage drivers to retire their dirty polluting gas cars and instead reward them with an incentive to purchase a clean PEV.
    4. Ensure that no punitive fees are placed on PEV drivers.
  2. Create shovel-ready jobs by accelerating PEV infrastructure policies:
    1. Extend the Section 30C Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit out to 2025 and create thousands of jobs.
    2. Pass HR 2616 /S674, the Clean Corridors Act of 2019, which creates a grant program through the Department of Transportation to award grants to certain government entities and planning organizations to install PEV infrastructure along designated fuel corridors, leading to job opportunities for road workers, electricians, utilities and also meeting the needs of PEV drivers with adequate highway charging.
  3. Lead by example in the transition to transportation electrification:
    1. Pass HR 5545, the New Opportunities to Expand Healthy Air Using Sustainable Transportation Act of 2020, which would establish minimum targets for the acquisition of new vehicles to federal fleets to be PEVS.
    2. Install charging infrastructure in the parking lots for House and Senate Members and staff as a part of an updated “Green the Capitol” Initiative and align the Capitol’s complex with the District of Columbia’s transportation electrification goals.
  4. Promote clean air through converting dirty buses to clean electric buses:
    1. Pass S 3373, the Low or No Emission Bus Access Act of 2020, which would extend funding at $165M annually for FY2021-2025 for this competitive grant program for the purchase of electric transit buses and supporting infrastructure.
  5. Prepare for an electric transportation future and create new jobs in battery recycling:
    1. Pass S 3356, the Battery and Critical Mineral Recycling Act of 2020, to lead the global effort on recycling batteries from PEVs and bring jobs back to the U.S. in this sector.
  6. Encourage American manufacturing and competitiveness with the global PEV industry:
    1. Pass HR 5860, the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program Reform Act (ATVM), which would modify the loan program to cover all types of zero-emission vehicles manufacturing and reform the loan application process to boost PEV manufacturing in the U.S.

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