For Immediate Release
Ellen Carey
Director of Media Relations
ecarey@secureenergy.org
direct: 202.461.2382
May 3, 2011

EC Praises Bipartisan House Electrification Legislation

WASHINGTON – The Electrification Coalition (EC) today commended Republicans and Democrats in the House for introducing legislation designed to advance the widescale deployment of electric vehicles. The Electric Drive Vehicle Deployment Act of 2011, sponsored by Representatives Judy Biggert (R-IL), Ed Markey (D-MA), Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Jerry McNerney (D-CA), echoes Coalition recommendations by proposing a path forward in which geographic areas would compete to be selected as electrification “deployment communities,” in which a wide array of financial incentives are employed so that all of the elements of an electrified transportation system are deployed simultaneously.

“Vehicle transportation is in transition, and we must engage the free market to help bring about this change to eliminate the dangers of oil dependency,” says Andy Taylor, Chairman and CEO of Enterprise Holdings and a member of the Electrification Coalition. “Cars and trucks that power our dynamic, mobile economy do not need to be entirely dependent on petroleum today. Arguably, the timing for this legislation is ideal as we need the job creation it will bring, and businesses and consumers will embrace alternative transportation if the infrastructure is in place to support it. Ultimately, we should – and can – control the fuel supply that drives our vehicles, our economy and our future.”

The legislation would provide funding for 10 deployment communities, which would be chosen in a competitive process. Each community would receive temporary, targeted incentives to support the deployment of vehicles and infrastructure, including a minimum of $2,000 in incentives for consumers who purchase vehicles. The bill also extends and expands the current tax credit for charging infrastructure, provides loan support for manufacturers of electric vehicle components and for the use of advanced batteries in stationary locations, includes provisions to support the use of electric vehicles in the federal fleet, and funds smaller grants for areas not chosen as deployment communities.

The Electrification Coalition, launched in November 2009, is committed to promoting policies and actions that facilitate the deployment of electric vehicles on a mass scale in order to combat the economic, environmental, and national security threats posed by our nation’s dependence on petroleum. The EC’s 2009 Electrification Roadmap proposed a set of policies in which geographic areas would compete to be selected as electrification deployment communities, in which targeted, temporary financial incentives are employed so that all of the elements of an electrified transportation system are deployed simultaneously.

On May 27, 2010, Republicans and Democrats in both the House and the Senate introduced legislation that largely echoed the Roadmap. A version of the legislation was approved by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on an overwhelming bipartisan 19-4 vote on July 21. After November’s mid-term elections and again in 2011, both President Obama and Senator McConnell have stated their belief that electric vehicles represent an area in which Republicans and Democrats can agree.

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