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  • Tell Gov Christie to stop blocking the bridge to our electric future!

    Governor Christie's Tesla ban must not stand!

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie recently said “We have a...problem in this country because government is trying to control the free market.” In Chris Christie’s New Jersey, that’s true!

    Tesla Motors is the first successful new American car company in decades. And it’s electric. Yet the Christie-controlled New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission recently kicked Tesla out of the state!

    Legislation is being offered in the New Jersey Legislature to reverse this decision.

    NJ A2986 & S1898 will prevent Christie from blocking the bridge to our electric future. The bill opens up the market and allows electric vehicle manufacturers like Tesla to do business in the state.

    Please use the form or link below to demand that Governor Christie sign the bill!

    Overturning Christie's ban on Tesla in New Jersey will let other states know we will not allow them to block the electric cars that are our future.

    If Governor Christie doesn't act, Tesla will be unable to sell in New Jersey after April 15th! Speak up and challenge Christie to support the future!

    Thanks for taking action!

    Richard Kelly
    President, Plug In America

  • Help Tesla Keep Its Stores Open in New Jersey

    The public outcry following the New Jersey Motor Vehicles decision to deny Tesla from maintaining their stores has been tremendous.

    Assemblyman Timothy Eustace has drafted a bill (A2986) that would permit Electric Vehicle manufacturers to sell directly to consumers whilst the company and the market grows. (See full bill here)

    Please take a moment to let your legislators know that you support this type of bill by filling out the form below.

    Thanks,

    Michael Thwaite
    Vice President
    Plug In America

  • Help us Move HB2711 to the Full Senate

    Help us move Washington State's HB2711 to the full senate for a vote.  The main provisions of this bill spell out the State's policy which will help assure that any EV driver is able to get immediate 24/7 access to any public charging station whether or not they have a membership in the operator's network.

    It also provides for the State to develop interoperability standards to make using a public charging station similar to one's current ability to use anyone's cash machine if the charging station operators don't do this on their own. HB 2711 has had bi-partisan support in the House as well as in the Senate Transportation Committee which passed it out with a "DO PASS" recommendation. 

    The bill is now waiting to be passed out of the Senate Rules Committee for a full vote of the Senate. HB 2711 will die in committee this session if the Rules Committee doesn't pass it out by tomorrow. Passing the Senate is the bill's last step in the legislative process gauntlet. It would be a shame to waste all of the effort expended by our Legislators and volunteers to move the bill this far. The documentation and full bill are available here.

    Please use the form below to contact your State Senator and let them know you want HB2711 moved into the State Senate for a vote, making sure that plug-in drivers can access all of the public stations, where they will find them, and how much they will pay when they do.

    Thank you!
    Jeff Finn
    Washington State Legislative Director

  • Help us reach out to Governor Brown and pass six(!) major plug-in vehicle bills and let them become law!

    Over the last two weeks the California Legislature has sent an unprecedented six plug-in electric vehicle bills to Governor Jerry Brown's desk.  Now we need your help in getting them over the finish line.  What Plug In America has accomplished during this legislative session, working with a variety of coalitions and partners, sets an impressive new standard for making the state of California more EV friendly.  It also helps create a framework we can leverage in other states and at the Federal level. What happens in California with EVs will spead to the rest of the country, so please make your voice heard to Governor Brown.

    The bills include:
       
        SB286 & AB266 - Extension of HOV access for plug-ins until 12/31/18 - a critical EV market incentive
        SB359- Saves the CA CVRP Rebate Program and provides additional funding to last through June 2014
        SB454 - EV Open Access - Charge at any paid charging station with a credit card, and know the price you'll pay
        AB1092 - EV Building Standards - Moves the process forward for EV charging to be included in CA building code 
        AB8 - $2 billion for long-term state alternative fuels funding, including significant funding for EV related projects 

    Please urge Governor Brown to sign all six bills.  Even better, ask him to sign them on National Plug In Day to show his support for all of the EV consumers who are plugging in!

    Please use the form below to contact the Governor to let him know you want all of these bills to become law.  You can also take the opportunity to inform your state legislators that this is happening and that you would like to see legislation that supports EVs in your state.  Feel free to add your personal story to the letters.

    Thank you for your support and for taking the time to act!

    Jay Friedland
    Legislative Director
    Plug In America

  • Help us reach out to Governor Brown and pass six(!) major plug-in vehicle bills and let them become law!

    Over the last two weeks the California Legislature has sent an unprecedented six plug-in electric vehicle bills to Governor Jerry Brown's desk.  Now we need your help in getting them over the finish line.  What Plug In America has accomplished during this legislative session, working with a variety of coalitions and partners, sets an impressive new standard for making the state of California more EV friendly.  It also helps create a framework we can leverage in other states and at the Federal level. 

    The bills include:
       
        SB286 & AB266 - Extension of HOV access for plug-ins until 12/31/18 - a critical EV market incentive and extremely important for improving California's air quality
        SB359- Saves the CA CVRP Rebate Program and provides additional funding to last through June 2014
        SB454 - EV Open Access - Charge at any paid charging station with a credit card, and know the price you'll pay
        AB1092 - EV Building Standards - Moves the process forward for EV charging to be included in CA building code 
        AB8 - $2 billion for long-term state alternative fuels funding, including significant funding for EV related projects 

    Please urge Governor Brown to sign all six bills.  Even better, ask him to sign them on National Plug In Day to show his support for all of the EV consumers who are plugging in!

    Please use the form below to contact the Governor to let him know you want all of these bills to become law, and also take the opportunity to thank your State legislators for setting an example to the rest of the country and the world.  Feel free to add your personal story to the letters.

    Thank you for your support and for taking the time to act!

    Jay Friedland
    Legislative Director
    Plug In America

  • Help us pass SB454!

    Help us pass California SB454 - the EV Open Access Act.  SB454 has a simple purpose, to allow consumers with plug-in cars to use electricity as a transportation fuel in a similar or better way than those who are still driving gasoline cars are able to access gas stations today.   

    Can you imagine pulling into a gas station and not knowing whether or not it will take your credit card and not knowing how much the gas is going to cost? Well today, tens of thousands of California drivers of electric vehicles often face these exact challenges.  Now, the young industry that provides public EV charging has made tremendous progress in the last several years with help from $115 million in Federal grants and over $20 million in funding from the state of California via AB118 funds from the California Energy Commission and local air districts.  SB454 will help give consumers more confidence which will in turn ensure that the market grows and prospers. 

    Please use the form below to contact your State Senator and let them know you want SB454 to pass, making sure plug-in drivers can access all of the public stations and knowing how much they will pay when they do.  

    If you have a personal story, either positive or negative about how you have used California's public charging infrastructure, please include it in your request to your Senator. 

    If you are close enough to Sacramento, you can make an even bigger difference. Come participate in the legislative process and tell your story about public charging. you will only have one minute to speak, but letting the State Senators know that you care about access and transparency in public EV charging will have a major impact. the hearing is at 9:00 am on Tuesday, April 30th at the Senate Capitol in Room 3191. You can also listen to the hearing live here.

    Here's a copy of SB454 if you want to read more. 

    Thank you for your support and for taking the time to act! 

    Jay Friedland
    Legislative Director
    Plug In America

  • Please Encourage your Representative to approve SB5849 in Washington State

    Thanks to your help, SB5489 passed the Washington Senate this week. Now it is in the House, and we need your help to ensure that it passes there too.

    Have you ever pulled in to a public EVSE in need of a charge...and found a gas vehicle blocking the charging spot?

    Plug In America, partnering with Seattle EV Association, needs your help to ensure SB 5849 is approved in the full Washington House likely this week. 

    This bill requires signage and pavement markings for charging spots, and creates a $124 fine for cars blocking electric vehicle charging stations. Please send a note (below) to your Representative encouraging him/her to pass it. It can be in your own words, but you could note that it encourages plug-in vehicle adoption by:

    1. Helping to safeguard unobstructed and timely access to charging stations by operators of plug-in electric vehicles,
    2. Protecting private property owners’ as well as taxpayers’ significant financial investments to provide Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) for the public’s use,
    3. Educating the general public about the fact that parking in a charging space is an act as inconsiderate as parking in front of a gasoline pump or in a handicap space, and
    4. Discouraging non plug-in vehicles from using the charging space for other than its intended purpose through the imposition of a financial penalty in an amount similar to those assessed for handicap space rule infractions.

    Approving this bill will strikingly reduce the worst part of owning a plug-in: being blocked from charging stations. This will encourage plug-in adoption, which will in turn have a huge effect on our state economy and environment.

    Please send an email (below) to you representative urging them to approve SB5849.

    Thank you,

    Jay Friedland
    Legislative Director
    Plug In America

  • Please Encourage your Senator to approve SB5849

    Have you ever pulled in to a public EVSE in need of a charge...and found a gas vehicle blocking the charging spot?

    Plug In America, partnering with Seattle EV Association, needs your help to ensure SB 5849 is approved in the full Senate (likely this week.) 

    This bill requires signage and pavement markings for charging spots, and creates a $250 fine for cars blocking electric vehicle charging stations. Please send a note (below) to your Senator encouraging him/her to pass it. It should be in your own words, but you could note that it encourages plug-in vehicle adoption by:

    1. Helping to safeguard unobstructed and timely access to charging stations by operators of plug-in electric vehicles,
    2. Protecting private property owners’ as well as taxpayers’ significant financial investments to provide Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) for the public’s use,
    3. Educating the general public about the fact that parking in a charging space is an act as inconsiderate as parking in front of a gasoline pump or in a handicap space, and
    4. Discouraging non plug-in vehicles from using the charging space for other than its intended purpose through the imposition of a financial penalty in an amount similar to those assessed for handicap space rule infractions.

    Approving this bill will strikingly reduce the worst part of owning a plug-in: being blocked from charging stations. This will encourage plug-in adoption, which will in turn have a huge effect on our state economy and environment.

    Please send an email (below) to you representative urging them to approve SB5849.

    Thank you,

    Jay Friedland
    Legislative Director
    Plug In America

  • Oppose the Annual License Tax on EVs

    We oppose the Annual License Tax on electrically powered vehicles currently proposed in Virginia General Assembly Bill HB2313 and need help to prevent it from becoming law. So, we’re asking supporters of cleaner air, lower fuel costs and increased American energy independence to contact their representative in the Virginia legislature and Governor Bob McDonnell to oppose the fee.

    The logic behind this tax – that the fee is needed to offset losses in gasoline tax revenues – holds no merit.  The number of electric vehicles on the road at this time is not significant enough to produce anything more than a negligible impact on Virginia’s state budget. EV owners are willing to pay their fair share, but with a more balanced policy that doesn't penalize plug-ins. This penalty is nothing but a blatant attack on innovation and clean transportation.

    But the bigger threat is the stigma that Virginia is going to create around EVs – that there are more special taxes and fees associated with these cars. The market for EVs is not strong enough yet for these types of add-ons.

    The time to speak out about this is now – we need your voice heard in order to defeat this. Please show your opposition to HB2313, please contact your representative in the Virginia legislature and Governor Bob McDonnell to veto the Electric Vehicle Fee in HB2313. Enter your zip code below to find your representatives.


    Thank you for your support!

    Jay Friedland
    Legislative Director
    Plug In America