Pushing The Stimulus Amendment Through The Senate

Moving bills through government bureaucracy is challenging work! We, the people, should appreciate all those who participate in advancing future cars.

Plug In America helped shape amendment SA274 by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA). The amendment extends a 10% tax credit for: all-electric motorcycles; three-wheeled enclosed electric vehicles; Neighborhood Electric Vehicles; and plug-in cars that have been converted from gas cars or hybrids, like the Toyota Prius.

Sen. Cantwell said that while America leads in battery research and development, we have 0 people involved in battery manufacturing. The Chinese have over 250,000 people involved in manufacturing and over 150 partners. She continued "We are going to create economic opportunity now...create jobs for the future and [get] us off of our foreign dependence on oil." As I always say, If we won't look out for ourselves (and our economy), then who will?

Plug In America also coordinated with plug-in hybrid organizations such as CalCars.org, and a coalition that it created of plug-in vehicle sales businesses.

The final bill provided for credits ranging from $2,500 to $7,500 for vehicles equipped with 4- to 16-kilowatt hours of battery power.

The car manufacturers that have announced delivery dates for plug-ins are GM, Chrysler, Ford, Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Hyundai and BMW. To put it another way, if there are enough greenbacks, businesses give the green light to produce green cars!

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