U.S. House passes Moving Forward Act
07.02.2020 - by Plug In America
U.S. House passes Moving Forward Act

In a major victory for electric vehicle (EV) drivers, on July 1, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H. R. 2, the Moving Forward Act. The major package is essentially a wish list that Plug In America has had for federal EV policy, including all of the following:

  • Sec. 90431 – Federal EV tax credit: Increases the cap on the Section 30D federal EV tax credit to a total of 600,000 credits per auto manufacturer (versus the current 200,000 credits) – essentially, this will let the tax credit work for more drivers for a longer period of time.
  • Sec. 90432 – Used EV tax credit: Creates a new tax credit for buyers of used EVs, providing more options to consumers who are low-income. The credit is capped at the lesser of $2,500 credit or 30% of the sale price.
  • Sec. 33333 – Expanding Access to EVs in Underserved Communities: Requires that the Department of Energy conduct an assessment of the barriers and opportunities for deployment of EV charging stations in underserved communities and disadvantaged communities.
  • Sec. 33332 – EV Charging Station rebate program: Creates a new rebate program for installing EV charging stations at multi-unit dwellings, workplaces or commercial locations that are open to the public for at least 12 hours a day.
  • Sec. 1211: Accessibility, Rest Areas and Signage: Requires that EV charging stations that are funded through the Highway Trust Fund (and all other areas under title 23) to be usable by the majority of EV drivers. Also allows for EV charging stations at Interstate rest areas or park & ride locations. And, calls for the Department of Transportation to update the EV signage manuals in order to provide uniform signage to locate EV charging stations.
  • Sec. 50002 – U.S. Postal Service to go electric: Requires at least 75% of any new vehicles purchased by the U.S. Postal Service to be EVs. And, each post office location open to the public must have at least 1 charging station by 2026. The fleet of medium and heavy-duty trucks must also be at least 30% electric by 2030.
  • Sec. 33340 – U.S. Federal fleet to go electric: Requires that beginning in FY 2025, at least 50% of the vehicles purchased for the federal fleet must be EVs (and the other 50% must be alternative fueled vehicles).
  • Sec. 33338 – Funding for State Transportation Electrification Plans: Calls for funding for State Energy Transportation Plans, which must include plans to deploy a network of EV charging stations, reduce fossil fuels and improve air quality by transportation electrification.
  • Sec. 33337 – Utilities and Transportation Electrification: Requires states to consider allowing for measures to encourage deployment of EV charging stations by utilities, including letting the utility recover investments in the EV charging stations.

Unfortunately, the bill is unlikely to pass the Senate, due to larger politics at play. However, we remain thrilled that these policies have made it this far, making it more likely that these will be passed in the future. We especially appreciate the more than 1,500 Plug In America supporters who responded to our urgent action alert and contacted their U.S. representatives within 24 hours. Our collective voices are making an impact in Washington, D.C. and Congress is finally taking EVs seriously!

Please stay tuned, because there may be opportunities to put some of these policies into must-pass legislation later this year and we will need your help!

13 comments on “U.S. House passes Moving Forward Act”
  1. Guylaen "Guy" O'Connor says:

    Joel, Nick, and the rest of the gang
    (yes we have the same surname. No, we’re not related. Distant cousins perhaps.)

    THIS IS F*CKING AWESOME.

    Great job everyone. Seriously. This is a helluva lot of work and y’all need some caffeine after this, I’m sure. Well deserved.

  2. Guylaen O'Connor says:

    Replying to; Dearest HSharp

    Maybe nobody who picks up their mail from the post office spends enough time there. BUT THE CHARGERS ARE TO BE FOR THE MAIL VANS. IN THE BACK. The place where normal people aren’t even allowed.

    Now that that’s cleared up…

  3. Terry Robb says:

    My representative Vicky Hartsler voted no on move forward. She is unaware that 2 Walmart employees Springfield MO her district are dead from pollution. Feb 2019 Austin Holt 21 and Bethany Weens 26 were pronounced dead from auto exhaust. They never had chance to say we can’t breathe. Vicky Hartsler please wake up we have the technology to end auto exhaust. All senators wake up it is time to end auto exhaust. Technology is a huge strength of America. However with technology there is constant change that we have seen on computers and smart phones. This technology controls electric motors in all our industry. Those electric motors can drive all autos. It is time to wake up senators and be free from OPEC and Russian oil forever

  4. Larry Hill says:

    I would like to see legislation promoting access to charging infrastructure in residential situations like condominiums. My owners’ association won’t even let me wire my private garage parking space to my own meter. Some claim fear of fire hazard, not minding the presence of a potential bomb under each ICE!

  5. Daniel Hofer says:

    It would be a dream if the Senate flipped to blue this fall, but even if not we can still keep it alive until that happens.. Thanks for being part of this terrific legislation.

  6. Rob Bowers says:

    Too bad this bill was overtly partisan, overly broad with a lot of stuff to oppose. A narrower bill, specific to EVs might have a better chance.

    The Fed Tax Credit remains dysfunctional, favoring those with higher incomes, and permitting car makers to continue jacking up MSRP at consumer expense (higher registration, sales tax, insurance). Ideally, the credit would go directly to manufacturers, benefitting all buyers, regardless of income. Doing so would allow them to lower MSRP, and simplify things considerably for consumers and IRS. As a manufacturer credit, a random 600K unit figure is less important, it could be indexed to market realities to extend long enough to keep EVs profitable to make. And, it could favor US made EVs.

    A fiscally sound approach might even levy surcharges on ICE along the lines of the gas guzzler tax, but applied to all private passenger and light commercial vehicles classes. The surcharges need not be draconian initially given the large share ICE vehicles have in the marketplace, and could be implemented by car makers. So, GM for instance would add a surcharge to the MSRP of each ICE car or truck they sell, based on fuel efficiency. Then, they take credits from these surcharges for each EV unit sold and remit the balance to IRS for use on Infrastructure described below.

    The Used EV tax credit is admirable, particularly if it could be applied at the point of sale.

    Mandating USPS and Federal fleet electrification is not necessary, these agencies should be able to see the operational and maintenance savings to justify switching, they don’t really need to be forced or assisted in converting. Education may be all that is needed to spur changes in fleet buying behavior.

    Utilities face a giant risk if unable to address demands EV charging will put on their systems. With minimal federal oversight, providing funding through utilities for charging infrastructure could be more effective than directly with EVSE owners.

    Utilities could use portions of the funding from the ICE surcharges above to create distributed storage in order to offset demand spikes caused by EV charging, making the grid more robust at the same time. Requiring utilities to set aside certain amounts to assist homeowners, multifamily unit complexes, workplaces, and commercial interests with charging equipment in order to offset peak demands would seem a win\win strategy. Some of that effort is, and could continue to be self-funded as it is in the utilities best interest to shift demand in order to manage cost.

    Bottom line, forcing change will result in resistance. Encouraging change through policies that defuse resistance points could be a far more effective way to stimulate changes in buyer behavior. By using incentives instead of mandates, there will be far less resistant to the changes we all envision, and perhaps a quicker transition to the end state.

  7. Velietrash says:

    so Mr. McConnel probably won’t even allow for debate, if it even gets to that stage. Guess calling your State governor and both of your Federal Senators is just a waste of time. Really? the Glass is more Half-FULL than it ever was! you assume the worst, do nothing, and I
    I guarantee you it WILL be a self-fulfilling prophesy. Please have a frank conversation with your ‘ICE’ driving friends and promote the idea that if for no other reason, having fresher air in major cities( recent benefits actually SEEN when drivers stayed home in the beginnings of the Pandemic), and accessing electric company power grids during the night when they have to keep generators turning -at a loss in some cases. This is an expanding growth area which Power Companies RECOGNIZE as a growing market. Keep your Senators’ public access number in your Cell Phone. Offer to dial it- hand it to them- and urge them on to leave an insistent voicemail. Do it with grace- persuade. Don’t demand. Articulate the urgency in a few well-chosen words. Just please, PLEASE, don’t write this bill off with apathy. I know that there are two Senators from Florida who will be pestered, yet again, by one of the registered voters in their State. Please feel free to do likewise- and repeatedly. You never know when the moment comes when a staffer points out that……”……… there’s been a lot of calls about xxxxxx and inquiries about the MOVE ON bill.” —–but you can be the ‘squeaky wheel’ in the hopes that moment might happen.

  8. HSharp says:

    I’m sorry but there are some bad parts of this legislation. For example The provision that all post office locations open to the public would be required to have a charging station is a bad idea. Almost nobody spends enough time at a post office to be worth plugging in. Furthermore, your post office is virtually always near your home so you probably wouldn’t need to plug in there. The postal service has far greater priorities. For the same price as those charging stations they could do a lot more to support and improve sustainability with other more productive projects.

    I’m a strong advocate for EVs and support PIA but not all of this legislation is sensible.

  9. Terry M Robb says:

    Everybody that is a member of PIA should call their senators for a passing of moving forward act

  10. Mike Scott says:

    Both encouraging and discouraging. This bill is guaranteed to die in Mitch McConnell’s Senate.
    Hopefully more progressives will replace the current “seat warmers” next year and we can get things like this and other Green New Deal items before it’s too late.

  11. Pete Bremy says:

    The bill is awesome, but a major victory? The Democratic majority House passing it was pretty much a slam dunk. Good luck now getting McConnell to even read it, so no worries about Trump not signing it. I’m no political expert, but I can only hope the bill can survive until next January.

  12. Elizabeth Neerman says:

    Sounds great! Thank you for working to push through this legislation. Perhaps if we can replace our useless NC senators with rational and hard working senators we will be able to push this through the Senate next year. There are, however, two more issues I didn’t see addressed in the legislation description above:
    (1) Public EV charging stations should accept a swipe (or tap) of any valid credit card to pay for the use of the charging station (similar to current parking meters). The usage charges should be reasonable (as opposed to profiteering rates), or covered by the state. Currently, in the Raleigh, NC area, many of the public access charging stations require that the user sign up on line (or via phone app) with the charging station company, and provide personal and credit card information, to get a special card to use to access these charging stations. I really don’t want to give out my personal information to that many additional companies, nor do I wish to be besieged by a huge influx of telemarketer calls due to the charging station companies selling my personal info. So at this time I am unable to use those charging stations for my EVs. (I own one 100% pluggable EV, and one pluggable EV hybrid/duel fuel which runs as an EV around town and only uses gas on long trips. We will be buying another EV hybrid in the next couple years, when a suitable small EV pickup truck comes on the market.)
    (2) NC adds a huge increase to my EV state registration tax for my EV vehicle (over $150 per year per EV) which gas vehicle owners do not have to pay. They claim is it to compensate for not paying gas tax, but I never paid that much in gas tax per year even before I had the EVs. It is a punitive tax against EV owners set by GOP state legislature to discourage people from buying EVs. This anti-EV biased tax should be abolished. EVs cause far less damage, wear and tear on the roads than gas powered vehicles. They should not be forced to subsidize the petro-fuel industry or pay more than our fair share of road taxes. We have already paid higher state sales taxes on the more expensive EV sales prices, and in return for all these extra taxes, NC has not yet installed an adequate number and distribution of public charging stations to support the number of EVs being driven in this state.

  13. Gary K. Tomita says:

    Great job.
    The Senate is another story.
    Holding up important legislation for years. This is not government for/of the people. The multi -millionaires in Congress worry more about the lobbyists than the general population in America. Special interests, personal gains, are more important than saving our environment or endangered species: humans, turtles, wolves, bison, insects, or small businesses.
    I did my share by installing PV, and buying an EV. Our State Legislature “Sunset” our parking incentives, and put a $50 surcharge on all “classified EV’s”. In Hawaii EV’s represent “1.1% of the 1,074,945 registered passenger vehicles in the state.” (Nina Wu, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Business,, PG B5, col 1-6, 7/2/20).

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