Action packed end of legislative session - tell your legislator thank you for keeping the future for ZEVs strong!
Dear Plug In America Friends,
Hot news! The action you took last week on telling your legislator to oppose AB 1964was effective – the bill died in the California Legislature on Wednesday night when the session ended for the year. Instead, the Legislature passed SB 838, which means that anyone who purchases a plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) can apply for and get a green decal to drive in the HOV (carpool) lane – without the restrictions AB 1964 had. The expiration for the decals is now January 1, 2019, the same as for the all battery-electric vehicles (BEV). And last but certainly not least, SB 32 passed, which cements a 40% reduction in GHG emissions by 2030 for California. This sends a clear market signal for these clean vehicles that California is firmly committed to reducing GHG emissions beyond 2020. Please take a moment to tell your Legislator thank you below!
Now for the lukewarm news: the Legislature also passed an updated budget, AB 1613, which includes $133 million for the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP). While this funding is lower than we’d like, the funding has the concrete benefit of getting the rebates flowing again. And, new additional income caps for claiming the rebate will take effect Nov. 1, 2016, per SB 859. Plug In America will continue to work with legislators to optimize the CVRP for all consumers as the special legislative session on transportation gets underway.
The fall will continue to be action packed for EVs. Not only is National Drive Electric Week just 9 days away, but more importantly, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) will be reviewing a requirement that 15% of new vehicle sales be from zero-emission vehicles by 2025, called the ZEV Mandate. A crucial vote will be taken at the CARB meeting in December that will determine the pace of EV adoption in California and other states. Plug In America will be reaching back out for your support for a strong, favorable review of the ZEV Mandate later this fall.
Thank you again friends - and be sure to tell your Legislator thank you below!
Policy Director, Plug In America
Read our support letter for SB 32 here.
Take Action to Keep Strong ZEV Policies in CA - Oppose AB 1964!
Dear Plug In America Friends,
Although September and National Drive Electric Week are right upon us, the California Legislature is still in full swing until August 31. As you may have seen in the news, it's been a very busy month so far with debates centered around California's landmark cap and trade program. Caught up in the mix of all the political discussions are zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) and AB 1964. While initiated with good intention, the bill would slow the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in California as it currently reads.
Here's the breakdown. The good - AB 1964 would remove the limit of 85,000 green HOV decals for plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles to access the HOV lane, and set a new, much higher target. Those who purchase an EV between January 2018 - January 2019 will have access to the HOV lane until January 2021, and those who purchase after January 2019 will also have access for 3 years. This gives anyone purchasing a PHEV some certainty that a freen decal will be available, and he/she can use the HOV lane.
The bad - the bill only extends the green HOV decal program for PHECs, but not the white decal program for pure battery electric vehicles (BEVs), which are cleaner than PHEVs and have zero tailpipe emissions. If nothing changes, drivers of BEVs will not be allowed to access the HOV lane after January 1, 2019. This is just backwards policy, and will not help California achieve the state goal of 1.5 million ZEVs ont he road by 2025. And, as EV drivers, we know that access to the HOV lane can tip the scale in favor of purchasing a BEV. AB 1964 will no doubt slow the growth of the BEV market.
There's more bad - AB 1964 will adversely affect the market for PHEVs by placing an additional income restriction on who is eligible for the green decal. Rather than cause this market uncertainty when EV sales represent just 1.7% of California new car sales in 2015 (a tiny portion), we urge the removal of the income restriction, and suggest that additional incentives be put in place for the low-income and used vehicle market.
We need to act before the day ends on Thursday, August 25, 2016 to keep strong ZEV policies in place in California - ones that build off of California's past strong leadership on EVs. Tell your legislator to oppose AB 1964 today!
Thank you for your support,
Policy Director, Plug In America
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Help us pass CT Senate Bill 3 - allow direct to consumer sales in Connecticut
Please contact your legislator (below) or, better yet, visit your representative to voice your opinion on Senate Bill 3.
This is a critical bill, which will determine the future of electric vehicle (EV) sales in Connecticut. This bill would allow EV manufacturers, such as Tesla, to sell vehicles directly to their customers. However, this is not only a “Tesla issue.” Dealer licensing limitations affect every new electric automaker; even a small homegrown startup like Elio Motors. This bill is an important opportunity to expand the variety of EVs available in Connecticut, and avoid the need to travel to another state to buy a car.
Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff introduced SB3 in February and the bill is currently under consideration by the Senate. Connecticut Senators need to see support from EV drivers from all manufacturers to show that the state is ready for electric vehicles.
We invite you to get involved, and let legislators in Hartford know exactly why allowing Tesla to sell its cars is not only good for the Connecticut economy, but also for the state's long term environmental goal of reducing emissions and dependency on oil.
Please write, call or visit your Senator using the form below (just enter your address).
You can also Tweet these Senators:
As a driver, you want more EV model choices and to obtain these vehicles easily within your own state but, remember to communicate clearly, politely, and respectfully with legislators. Personal attacks are not constructive, and should be avoided. Make your message count!
Plug In America
Thank NY Leadership for EV Rebates in NY
Here’s your chance to thank Governor Andrew Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie, and Senate Temporary President John J. Flanagan for including electric vehicle rebates in the New York State budget (BILL NO A09008C / S06408-C).
This budget funds important environmental initiatives throughout New York, including an incentive program to encourage electric vehicle adoption. The new budget will fund $2,000 rebates on electric vehicle purchases, and will be an integral part of the Cuomo Administration’s plans to reduce air pollution 80% by 2050 and put more than 800,000 zero-emission vehicles on the roads in New York State by 2025.
Please fill out the form below to access a suggested letter which you can personalize before sending.
It is important to recognize our leaders when they take the right steps and make them aware that people are paying attention. We appreciate your support for efforts to grow EV adoption in New York.
Support Avista's Pilot to Install Hundreds of EV Charging Stations in Eastern Washington
On March 10th, the Washington State Transportation and Utilities Commission (WA UTC) is taking action. Let the Commission know your opinion now!
The WA UTC will be acting on Avista Corporation’s (the Spokane area’s investor owned electric utility) request to implement an Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE aka Charging Station) Pilot Program that will allow them to install Charging Stations on their customers’ property for virtually no cost in exchange for the their agreeing to allow Avista to collect data about their EV charging habits.
Avista’s full EVSE Pilot Program request document submitted to the WA UTC is available at: WA UTC Docket UE-160082 Avista Request.
Please use the form below to access a suggested letter in support of Avista’s request which you can personalize before sending it. It is important that the WA UTC hear from Plug In Electric Vehicle (PEV) advocates such as yourself before the Commissioners act on Avista’s request.
Last year, Plug In America and the Seattle Electric Vehicle Association members supported the legislation which now allows investor owned electric utilities to makes this type of request to the WA UTC.
Additional ways you can participate include:
- Make a statement in-person by attending the WA UTC’s March 10th Open Meeting starting at 9:30 a.m. until noon at the UTC headquarters: Room 206, 1300 S. Evergreen Park Drive S.W., Olympia Washington. (Before traveling to Olympia, you should check to make sure that Avista’s request is still on the agenda by clicking on this link: Docket UE-160082 to the UTC’s website, then clicking on the number 160082 below the word "results" and finally clicking on Schedule when the status page for UE-160082 opens.)
- Participate by phone by calling in during the meeting. Please call 360-664-1234 for instructions the day before the Open Meeting.
Thank you for your support and taking time to act!
Support Opening Up EV Sales in Connecticut
Please contact your legislator (below) or attend the hearing tomorrow to voice your opinion on Senate Bill 3 that will determine the future of EV sales in Connecticut.
On March 2nd at 10:30AM at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, the Transportation Committee is holding a public hearing on a bill to allow Tesla to sell its cars in Connecticut.
This is great news as we have an opportunity to voice our support. This goes way beyond Tesla, or any single manufacturer. State legislation around Tesla can set a precedent for *every* new electric automaker.
SB3, before the Transportation Committee chaired by Rep. Tony Guerrera needs to see support from EV drivers from all manufacturers to show that the state is ready for electric vehicles.
We invite you to get involved, and let legislators in Hartford know exactly why allowing Tesla to sell its cars is not only good for the Connecticut economy, but also for the state's long term environmental goal of reducing emissions.
The hearing is only the first step to opening up Connecticut. Its informational for the Committee and there will be no vote until later the next week when the Committee meets to review testimony (oral and written) from the hearing. As a result, there is time still to influence beyond the hearing.
- Attend the hearing: March 2nd at 10:30AM at the Legislative Office Building 300 Capitol Avenue, Room 2E, Hartford, CT 06106
- Write to email@example.com showing your support for electric vehicles in the state.
As drivers, you want more plug-in vehicle model choices and to obtain these vehicles easily and, within your own state but, remember to communicate clearly, politely, and respectfully with legislators. Personal attacks are not constructive, and should be avoided. Make your message count!
Plug In America
Oppose Utah Bill Limiting EV Sales
UPDATE: The date of the hearing was moved moments before the start yesterday, it's unclear why, however, the new date is TODAY 3/3 at 4PM at Utah House Business & Labor Committee, 445 State Capitol, Salt Lake City. If you can attend, you can help us defeat this bill.
If you cannot attend, you can still write to your legislator below letting them know your opinion on this.
Utah HB384 wasn't a bad bill. It made it possible for Tesla to open up its existing service centers, which have contributed to Utah's economy. But now the bill has morphed into something bad. The latest draft proposes acute restrictions, such as disallowing inventory stored anywhere in the state. This means even a demo car couldn't be sold.
If passed, the bill would set a precedent and prevent Tesla, which does not use a traditional franchised dealer model, from selling its cars directly to Utah drivers. Tesla was already able to operate in Utah, but this bill will put an end to that.
We want to be clear that this is not only a “Tesla issue.” Dealer licensing limitations would likely affect every new electric automaker; even a small homegrown startup like Elio Motors.
Plug In America is alerting its supporters in Utah that this bill, is up for discussion
tomorrow, Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016, UPDATE: The new date is TODAY 3/3 at the same location: 445 State Capitol, Salt Lke City - House Business and Labor Committee. We encourage drivers to contact their legislators now using the form below.
As drivers, you want more plug-in vehicle model choices and to obtain these vehicles easily within your own state. As drivers, you may not appreciate anti-competitive behavior. Please let your legislators know by contacting them today!
Thank you for supporting all electric vehicle sales in Utah,
Plug In America
FIX WASHINGTON STATE’S EV SALES TAX EXEMPTION
The current session of the legislature is scheduled to adjourn in a little over a week. Please act now!
Last Wednesday, Washington’s Senate Transportation Committee held a hearing on HB 2778, which fixes the EV sales tax exemption that the Legislature extended during last year’s session. The exemption can provide up to 9.8% off of the purchase of a plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) or plug-in hybrid (PHEV) with 30 miles or more of electric range. In current form, the bill will exempt the first $35,000 of purchase price for cars up to $38,500 and up to $42,500 for longer-range cars.
Since the hearing, no further Senate Transportation Committee actions have been scheduled. The Committee’s action is required prior to the full Senate voting on the bill.
Please fill out the form below to quickly identify your Washington State Senator and to access a suggested letter which you can personalize before sending.
Thank you for taking action today to support EVs.
Jeff Finn, Treasurer
Plug In America
JJ McCoy, Legislative Director (volunteer)
Seattle Electric Vehicle Association