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  • Urge Atlanta City Council to Vote YES for the “EV Ready” Law

    Dear Plug In America Friends, 

    We need your help right now! Today, Monday November 20, 2017, the Atlanta City Council will be voting on a proposed ordinance that would require 20% of all new commercial parking structures and all new single-family residential homes in Atlanta to be “EV ready”. This means that they will be equipped with the conduit and wiring need to install EV charging stations, and not have to perform costly retrofits! 

    Tell the Atlanta City Council to vote YES for the “EV Ready” law!

    The ordinance 17-O-1654 passed out of Committee last week, but is now encountering some pushback from building groups who don’t want to make their buildings EV ready. We need your voice NOW to help the law get across the finish line! Not only is this ordinance smart and reasonable planning, but also an investment in green jobs. And, this “EV Ready” law incentivizes EV deployment, as having access to charging is critical to putting more EVs on the road. 

    Show your support right now by completing the information below. 

    Thanks friends, 

    Katherine Stainken 

    Policy Director, Plug In America

  • The pressure is on for the Senate – leave the EV tax credit alone!

    Dear Plug In America Friends,

    Last week we saw the House of Representatives introduce their Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, H.R. 1, that would repeal the $7,500 federal electric vehicle (EV) tax credit this December. You’ve been making your voices heard loud and clear on the House side in response to this bill, and some Representatives have definitely taken note of this! A new version of the bill will be released on Thursday, called the Chairman’s Mark, and we will be able to take our next steps accordingly once we see the new bill text.  

    But for now, we need your voices again on the Senate side, to prevent the EV tax credit from being included in the Senate version that will be introduced next week! 

    Tell your Senator to leave the EV tax credit alone!   

    We can’t back off now – I can’t convey enough how critical it is for your voice to be heard. While some automakers care about the EV tax credit, many would trade in this credit for a lower corporate tax rate they could get through the tax reform process.       

    Plug In America works for the EV driver, not the automaker. If you can make a donation today to help our work, please do so – even the smallest amount helps! 

    Thank you – please share this action alert widely! 

    Katherine Stainken 

    Policy Director, Plug In America

    Key points to remember: Abruptly ending the $7,500 federal tax credit for EVs will be catastrophic for the electric car market, as EVs make up less than 1% of light-duty vehicle sales in the U.S. This federal tax credit is a key incentive that helps consumers make the switch to driving electric. Abruptly ending the credit this December will rock these purchase decisions. This is absolutely terrible, as new makes and models of EVs will become available to more than 40% of the total U.S. car market in January 2018 thanks to clean air regulations that require the automakers to sell more EVs.  

    This credit already has a cap on when it will expire – when each automaker has sold 200,000 EVs. There’s absolutely no need to end the credit now as part of the House or Senate tax reform legislation. If anything, for all the benefits that EVs provide – fuel savings for consumers, technology and innovation leadership in the U.S., electric grid benefits, clean air, reduced healthcare costs, improved national security – Congress should be talking about an extension or expansion of the credit.  

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  • Killing the Electric Car? Not on Our Watch.

    Dear Plug In America Friends,

    Help stop Congress from trying to kill the electric car! Just this morning, Chairman Brady of the House Ways and Means Committee introduced the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, H.R.1. The bill calls for the repeal of the $7,500 federal electric vehicle (EV) tax credit, effective December 31, 2017. 

    Help us stop this now! 

    Let’s be totally clear. Abruptly ending the $7,500 federal tax credit for EVs will significantly hurt the electric vehicle market, as EVs make up less than 1% of light-duty vehicle sales in the U.S. This federal tax credit is a key incentive that helps consumers make the switch to driving electric. Abruptly ending the credit this December will rock these purchase decisions. This is absolutely terrible, as new makes and models of EVs will become available to more than 40% of the total U.S. car market in January 2018 thanks to clean air regulations that require the automakers to sell more EVs.  

    We need you to send a message to your Representative and Senators right now and tell them to leave the $7,500 tax credit alone. 

    This credit already has a cap on when it will expire – when each automaker has sold 200,000 EVs. There’s absolutely no need to end the credit now. If anything, for all the benefits that EVs provide – fuel savings for consumers, technology and innovation leadership in the U.S., electric grid benefits, clean air, reduced healthcare costs, improved national security – Congress should be talking about an extension or expansion of the credit.  

    Contact your Representative and Senators below– ending the $7,500 EV tax credit will NOT happen on our watch. 

    Thank you – please share this action alert widely! 

    Katherine Stainken 

    Policy Director, Plug In America

  • Rigging the system against EVs: EPA plans to slash #CleanerCars standards

    Dear Plug In America Friends,

    Like you, we’re committed to a future where electric cars are the norm and the transportation sector is 100% electric, and clean. One of the ways that we’ll get to this future sooner is with strong federal fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emission standards. As the standards become stricter over time, automakers are encouraged to include more plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) within their fleet of new passenger and light-duty trucks for sale in order to meet the standards. These automakers can also receive extra credits for each BEV or PHEV sold to make compliance easier. (See page 8 of the EPA factsheet here or more info here.)

    In 2012, the U.S. secured strong federal fuel economy and global warming emission standards. The standards are reducing America’s oil consumption, saving consumers money at the gas pump, and protecting public health and the environment. And, we’ve seen more makes and models of BEVs and PHEVs come onto the scene than ever before, driving the U.S. to nearly 665,000 BEVs and PHEVs on the road today.

    Unfortunately, new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is trying to roll back and weaken these clean car standards. This is an extreme waste of taxpayer dollars – the EPA has already worked with the automakers and other stakeholders to develop them, and conducted an extensive technical analysis and review process before implementing them. Pruitt's decision to reopen the review of these standards at the behest of the automakers is just undoing a process that was already done, and done well. 

    At the end of the day, Pruitt’s irresponsible actions are a danger to our health, our wallets, will slow down the EV market and U.S. auto innovation. It’s up to us EV drivers to tell Pruitt that there is a thriving and growing market for clean cars today, and the technology is there to help automakers meet these clean car standards. The evidence: the Chevy/GM Bolt and Volt, the Nissan LEAF, the Ford Focus Electric, the Kia SOUL EV, the Tesla Model S…just to name a few. And, most importantly, drivers want these cars!

    Tell Pruitt to stop attacking vehicle efficiency standards that reduce pollution, save us money and drive forward technology and innovation like EVs. Take action by completing the information below.

    Please share this action alert if you can. 

    Thank you!

    Katherine Stainken

    Policy Director, Plug In America

  • Show Your Support for Electric Vehicles!

    Dear EV Friends,

    Want to see more plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) on the road? Sign the petition below to urge your Senators and Congressional Representatives to support smart EV policies that will accelerate the transition to clean transportation!  

  • Oppose AB544 Unless Amended! Help New AND Used EV Purchasers!

    Dear Plug In America Friends, 

    Patience – and time – is running out. Tomorrow, Tuesday July 11, AB 544 will be heard in the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee. And unless the bill is amended, we believe that this sub-optimal bill should be opposed. This is our last chance to make changes before the bill heads to the Senate floor. 

    On the surface the bill looks ok – it sunsets the current HOV decals as planned for January 1, 2019. New electric vehicles that are essentially purchased after this date will have access to the HOV lanes, but only for three years, with the entire program to sunset in 2025. A new requirement is also put into place that forces consumers who qualify for the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) to choose between the rebate or getting access to the HOV lanes. 

    We’re asking for small but substantive changes. You can read our detailed letter here, which clearly states the changes needed to the bill. In short, our 3 changes are:

    1. Allow for used EVs to be eligible to apply for HOV lane access. The way the current HOV program is allows for the HOV decal to pass on with the vehicle into the used car market; the bill would change this so no decals are passed through to used EV drivers.

    2. Allow for HOV decals with current drivers to sunset January 1, 2022. CalTrans isn’t concerned that EVs are crowding the HOV lanes, so early adopters should have access to the lanes for longer than 2019 while the market ramps up.

    3. Remove the language that states that drivers must choose between the CVRP and the HOV decal. California needs to maintain strong policies that help all consumers make the switch to electric, and now is not the time to ramp down policies or make consumers choose. 

    These three small changes would create an optimal policy for all Californians. 

    Take action now at the link below and let your Senator on the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee know that this bill must be amended before it leaves the committee! 

    Thanks friends, 

    Katherine Stainken 

    Policy Director, Plug In America

  • New Report Shows Georgia + EVs = Big Economic Benefits!

    Dear Plug In America Friends,

    It’s high time to change the scene for electric vehicle (EVs) adoption in Georgia. Only two years ago, Georgia was second in the nation in terms of overall EVs on the road, with an average of 1,000 EVs registered each month. Now, that number has dropped to fewer than 100 new EVs registered each month. Georgia is viewed as so unfriendly to EVs that even Electrify America - the group that will administer the VW emissions scandal settlement funding - didn’t include Georgia as one of the recipients in their first round of settlement funding. This absolutely needs to change. 

    Plug In America and a team of EV supporter groups released an analysis today performed by The Greenlink Group that assesses the economic impacts of a reduced annual license fee to $50 and a $2,500 tax credit for all EVs in Georgia

    Here’s what you need to know: reducing the license fee and implementing a tax credit would result in $54 million dollars in increased income to the state, 951 full time jobs and $100.4 million in gains to Georgia GDP. There is nothing negative about this. 

    Policymakers in Georgia cannot ignore these economic benefits. Plus, let’s not forget all the other benefits EVs bring: improved air quality and reduced healthcare costs, fuel savings for drivers, and improved national security due to reduced dependence on foreign oil.

    We need your help to get the word out NOW and keep the pressure on Georgia policymakers all summer long as we gear up for the fall to move these policies through the legislature. Check out the new Electrify the South website for more info. 

    Take action now to contact your Georgia Representative and Senator, telling them about the big economic benefits EVs bring to Georgia! Please share this action alert if you can. 

    Thank you!

    Katherine Stainken

    Policy Director, Plug In America

  • Help Bring Back the Electric Motorcycle Federal Tax Credit Now!

    Dear Electric Motorcycle Riders,

    Electric motorcycles may only have 2 or 3 wheels, but they pack just as much punch in terms of benefits and value as the 4-wheeled vehicles. They're fun to ride, save money, and are convenient to charge and maintain. They also reduce reliance on foreign oil and thus promote national security. And, most importantly, they represent significant job creation with American manufacturing. Electric motorcycles are simply a win-win-win for everyone. 

    Policymakers should be doing much more to accelerate the adoption of electric motorcycles. Members of Congress in particular must support policies that encourage the purchase of these vehicles, like the Section 30D(g) 10% federal tax credit for alternative fueled 2-wheeled vehicles that expired at the end of 2016. 

    We need you to contact your Senators and Representative to help us deliver this simple message: we need the federal tax credit back. Enter your zip code below and click the link to send this message to your Members of Congress.

    Thank you, 

    Jay Friedland 

    Senior Policy Advisor, Plug In America

  • Say YES to Expanding EV Infrastructure with AEP Ohio’s EV Infrastructure Plan!

    Dear Plug In America Friends,

    We all love our electric vehicles. They're fun, fast, save us money and reduce dangerous air pollution, in addition to many other benefits. But what you may not know is that the build-out of more EV charging infrastructure is one of the most effective incentives to deploy more EVs in Ohio.

    Right now, AEP Ohio has an EV infrastructure plan before the Ohio Public Utilities Commission as part of a larger application (16-1853-EL-AAM) under its Electric Security Plan that would do just that: it would allow for AEP Ohio to install 250 public Level 2 chargers, 25 DC Fast Chargers and 1,000 Residential Chargers (L2) over 4 years. All of the charging stations would be purchased and owned by AEP Ohio, though the utility would recover the costs of the investment in the charging infrastructure across all ratepayers – similar to how costs for upgrading and improving the electric distribution systems are recovered. The 250 public Level 2 chargers and DCFC stations would also offer free charging to drivers for an initial phase. AEP Ohio is also proposing to conduct a pilot program on an EV specific rate plan for consumers and businesses.

    This is very positive momentum for EV adoption in Ohio, a state with no specific EV policies to promote adoption (i.e. no purchase incentive, access to HOV lanes, registration incentive, etc). The plans also complement the Smart Columbus plans on transportation electrification. But we need your help to tell the Ohio Public Utilities Commission that electric vehicle drivers support AEP Ohio’s EV Plan, and to not delay approval of their plan!

    Take action now at the link below and let your voice be heard! Comments need to be in by Tuesday, April 25th. Tell the Ohio Public Utilities Commission that you support AEP Ohio’s EV Infrastructure Plan.

    Thanks friends,

    Katherine Stainken 

    Policy Director, Plug In America

  • Say YES to Expanding EV Infrastructure with HB 17-1232!

    Dear Plug In America Friends,

    We need your help!! Right now, House Bill 17-1232 is on its way to the Senate Committee on State, Veteran and Military Affairs for a vote on this Wednesday, April 26th. The bill has already passed through the House with support, but this Senate Committee will be particularly difficult. We need you to take action and contact your Senator!

    House Bill 17-1232 would allow for utilities in Colorado to engage in and promote the building of more EV charging infrastructure. The utilities would be allowed to recover the costs of the investment in the charging infrastructure across all ratepayers – similar to how costs for upgrading and improving the electric distribution system are recovered. This bill also aligns with the goals of Charge Ahead Colorado, which aims to put more EVs on the road in Colorado to improve air quality.

    This bill is key to future EV adoption in Colorado because:

    1. Utility investment in EV charging infrastructure is key to getting a statewide network that allows drivers to get anywhere in Colorado.

    2. Colorado needs to embrace new technology like EVs. HB 17-1232 is an important step.

    3. Alternative fuel vehicles help reduce our demand for oil from unfriendly countries. Particularly for Colorado Springs, a town with a strong military presence, we owe it to our soldiers to increase our national security and decrease the chance of putting them in harms way by making it easier for consumers to adopt alternative fuel vehicle.

    If you live in the following Senate districts, making a call in to the office expressing your support for HB 17-1232 would also help immensely! 

    Take action below and let your voice be heard! Tell your state Senator in Colorado to support HB 17-1232 to expand EV infrastructure!

    Thanks friends,

    Katherine Stainken 

    Policy Director, Plug In America

  • Put Used EVs on the Road with SB 79!

    Dear Plug In America Friends,  

    Thanks to the Zero Emissin Vehicle (ZEV) Mandate, we have more than 275,000 of these clean vehicles on the road in California today - way more EVs than any other state has on their roads. Since the vehicles are mainly leased on three year terms, California is also unique in that it technically has two EV markets: one for new vehicles, and one for used vehicles. 

    There are plenty of purchase incentives that exist to encourage consumers to purchase new EVs, like the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP), or the Enhanced Fleet Modernization Program (EFMP) & Plus-Up Project which provides funding for retirement of a dirty vehicle and replacement with a clean one. These policies have certainly helped to put more EVs on the road, even with uncertainty in funding availability. 

    But what about for used EVs? The CVRP only applies to new EVs. The EFMP and Plus-Up Project does apply to used EVs, but only for certain Californians in the South Coast Air Quality Management District & San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, and is also subject to funding availability, creating a start/stop nature to the programs.   

    A new bill being introduced in the Senate, SB 79, provides an exemption from state sales tax for the purchase of a used EV. It’s an easy policy for consumers to understand and for used car dealers to implement – one that also isn’t subject to funding uncertainty and is available to all Californians. And, to ensure the removal of the dirty, polluting cars from the roads, the potential buyer must turn in a gas vehicle from model year 2009 or older. This 1:1 retirement and replacement will effectively help California meet its climate goals. See our factsheet on SB 79 here. Moreover, SB 79 also helps to achieve the goals of Charge Ahead California, which aims to increase access to ZEVs for disadvantaged, low-income and moderate income communities, as these communities are more likely to purchase a used EV versus a new one. 

    The bill had a successful hearing in the CA Senate Government and Finance Committee, and moves on to the Senate Environmental Quality Committee this Wednesday, April 19th. Show your support for the used EV market by contacting your state Senator now at the link below. Support SB 79 today!

    Thank you! 

    Katherine Stainken

    Policy Director, Plug In America

  • Say YES to Expanding EV Infrastructure with HB 17-1232!

    Dear Plug In America Friends,

    We all love our electric vehicles. They're fun, fast, save us money and reduce dangerous air pollution, in addition to many other benefits. But what you may not know is that the build-out of more EV charging infrastructure is one of the most effective incentives to deploy more EVs in Colorado. The number of EVs on the road in Colorado has grown over 85% in the last 3 years alone, and more EV charging infrastructure is needed to keep pace with this exciting and rapid growth!

    Right now, House Bill 17-1232 would do just that: it would allow for utilities in Colorado to engage in and promote the building of more EV charging infrastructure. The utilities would be allowed to recover the costs of the investment in the charging infrastructure across all ratepayers – similar to how costs for upgrading and improving the electric distribution system are recovered. This bill also aligns with the goals of Charge Ahead Colorado, which aims to put more EVs on the road in Colorado to improve air quality.  

    The bill had a successful hearing last week in the House Transportation and Energy Committee, passing the Committee with an 8-5 vote. The bill now moves on to the House floor, where it is expected to pass. But the Senate is where things could get sticky…so we need your help! 

    Take action now at the link below and let your voice be heard! Tell your state Senator in Colorado to support HB 17-1232 to expand EV infrastructure!

    Thanks friends,

    Katherine Stainken 

    Policy Director, Plug In America

  • Put Used EVs on the Road with SB 79!

    Dear Plug In America Friends,  

    Thanks to the Zero Emissin Vehicle (ZEV) Mandate, we have more than 275,000 of these clean vehicles on the road in California today - way more EVs than any other state has on their roads. Since the vehicles are mainly leased on three year terms, California is also unique in that it technically has two EV markets: one for new vehicles, and one for used vehicles. 

    There are plenty of purchase incentives that exist to encourage consumers to purchase new EVs, like the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP), or the Enhanced Fleet Modernization Program (EFMP) & Plus-Up Project which provides funding for retirement of a dirty vehicle and replacement with a clean one. These policies have certainly helped to put more EVs on the road, even with uncertainty in funding availability. 

    But what about for used EVs? The CVRP only applies to new EVs. The EFMP and Plus-Up Project does apply to used EVs, but only for certain Californians in the South Coast Air Quality Management District & San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, and is also subject to funding availability, creating a start/stop nature to the programs.   

    A new bill being introduced in the Senate, SB 79, provides an exemption from state sales tax for the purchase of a used EV. It’s an easy policy for consumers to understand and for used car dealers to implement – one that also isn’t subject to funding uncertainty and is available to all Californians. And, to ensure the removal of the dirty, polluting cars from the roads, the potential buyer must turn in a gas vehicle from model year 2009 or older. This 1:1 retirement and replacement will effectively help California meet its climate goals. See our factsheet on SB 79 here. Moreover, SB 79 also helps to achieve the goals of Charge Ahead California, which aims to increase access to ZEVs for disadvantaged, low-income and moderate income communities, as these communities are more likely to purchase a used EV versus a new one. 

    The bill will be heard in the CA Senate Government and Finance Committee on Wednesday, April 5th. Show your support for the used EV market by contacting your state Senator now at the link below. Support SB 79 today!

    Thank you! 

    Katherine Stainken

    Policy Director, Plug In America

  • It’s Go Time. Defend the $7,500 EV Tax Credit!

    Dear Plug In America Friends, 

    We are one month into the new Congress and a few weeks into the new Administration. Staff on Capitol Hill are hard at work writing policy on a range of issues – and for the plug-in electric vehicle (EV) industry, nothing is more important right now than tax reform. For all of us that support EVs and want to see more of these fun, fast, clean cars on the road – it’s go time.

    Right now, members of Congress are busy sifting through the tax code to figure out what stays and what goes. On the House of Representatives side, the Republican “Better Way” tax plan will be the starting point. Regardless of your personal views on taxes, any tax reform process that abruptly ends the current federal tax credit for EVs will significantly hurt the EV market. Given that the EV industry is still less than 1% of light-duty vehicle sales in the U.S., and automakers have announced a range of new EV makes and models set to come on the scene in 2017 and 2018, we need to make our voices loud and clear right now that federal support is critical in helping consumers make the switch to driving electric!  

    Plug In America is planning a full-on campaign to make sure that EVs aren’t left out of the tax reform process. We’re going to need your help more than ever before to be successful. Right now, we need you to contact your Senators and Representative and ask for three things. If you submit your zip code and click the link at the bottom, we can automatically generate a letter that you can modify and submit with just a few clicks.

    Here is what we are asking for:   

    1. Maintain the EV tax credit under Section 30D of the U.S. tax code.  

    2. Lift the 200,000 vehicle cap for each manufacturer, and set an overall EV target. The EV credit should also include the ability for the consumer to apply the credit to any loan amount for the vehicle purchase.  

    3. Extend the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property tax credit (for EV charging equipment) under Section 30C of the tax code until December 31, 2025.  

    See our factsheets on the Section 30D EV vehicle credit and the Section 30C Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property credit. Contact your Senators and Representative today with the link below. Take action now!

    (Note that after you've filled in your information and click "submit", some House and Senate offices require you to take an additional step which should pop up automatically on this same page, such as identifying which issue your message is about, and if you would like a response from the office. Be sure to complete these actions and hit "submit" again, otherwise the message won't get through to the office!)

    Thank you – go team EVs! 

    Katherine Stainken 

    Policy Director, Plug In America

    PS – If you’re really fired up and want to take even more action, please contact me directly. 

  • Slowing down on clean vehicles?!

    Friends, your voice is critical today. Leaders at ARB need to hear that Californians want them to accelerate the growth of the electric car market. 


    Right now, the staff at ARB are preparing a report for the December meeting of the ARB Board that will determine the future of the Zero-Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) Program. This program has been a major success, and helped to put over 500,000 ZEVs on the road today! ARB needs to hear loud and clear from Californians that we want to stay in the driver's seat of the clean vehicle revolution - and not succumb to the special interests that are working to weaken the ZEV Program. 


    Whatever the reason we choose to drive electric, we know that ZEVs are fun to drive, save consumers money, and stregthen our national security - all while providing cleaner air for all Californians. 

    Thank you! 

    Katherine Stainken 

    Policy Director, Plug In America

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  • Say NO to a $100 EV Road Use Fee!

    Dear Plug In America Friends,

    We know that electric vehicles (EVs) are a win-win in Oklahoma, and more and more drivers are making the switch to drive electric simply because EVs are fast, fun, convenient and save consumers money. But there are a multitude of benefits from EVs that accrue to all Oklahoma residents, regardless of who may purchase the car or the type of EV purchased. Not only do these vehicles promote national security by heavily reducing our dependence on imported fuels, but they also support jobs at the multiple Oklahoma electric cooperatives, Oklahoma Gas & Electric and the Public Service Company of Oklahoma, since EVs are powered by clean, affordable, domestic electricity. 

    Legislators in Oklahoma need to realize these benefits and support the EV industry. Unfortunately, the direction the state legislature is heading in is anything but supportive. Currently, HB 1449 would seek to impose a $100 fee on all EV drivers. Not only will this hinder EV adoption in Oklahoma, but it’s also extremely unfair, and nearly triple the cost of what other drivers of gas cars currently pay. 

    Moreover, EV drivers already pay local and state taxes on the electricity used to charge the vehicle. And for plug-in hybrid EV drivers, this $100 would be a triple tax: electricity tax, gas tax at the pump, and the $100 fee. 

    If all this isn’t enough, Oklahoma signed up to participate in Road Usage Charge West in 2015, a consortium of 14 states that are analyzing the best way to move forward with declining gas tax revenue to the state because ALL vehicles have become more fuel-efficient. Given there are only 1,500 EVs on the road today in Oklahoma, it would be premature, and punitive, to implement a $100 fee on EV drivers at this time.   

    Let your voice be heard to stop HB 1449 from passing! Take action now and contact your Senators by completing the action below! 

    Thank you! 

    Katherine Stainken

    Policy Director, Plug In America

  • Say NO to a $165 EV Road Use Fee!

     Dear Plug In America Friends,  

    As you know, California has always been a leader in promoting electric vehicles. We have purchase incentives, policies to access the HOV lanes, additional support programs for low-income and disadvantaged communities, and furthermore, the California utilities are making headway in installing charging infrastructure through EV programs – all to achieve the Governor’s goal of putting 1.5 million zero emission vehicles on the road by 2025. 

    Despite all this forward momentum, SB 1 and AB 1 – currently very much alive in the California Senate and Assembly – would seek to impose a punitive road usage fee on EV drivers. SB 1 would impose a $100 fee, and AB 1 a $165 fee. Not only will this fee hinder EV adoption in California, but the fee will do very little to address the $59 billion dollar shortfall the state needs to repair the roads in California, since there are currently only 275,000 EVs on the road in California. 

    These fees send a terrible mixed message to potential EV drivers. And while we should pay our fair share of the wear and tear for using the roads, that time is not now. Legislators need to realize that until EVs reach a certain threshold of all light-duty vehicles on the road in California, they shouldn’t be incentivized on the one hand and punished on the other. At the very least, these fees should be reduced to be on par with other light-duty vehicles.     

    Let your voice be heard to remove the $100 fee from the Senate bill and the $165 fee from the Assembly bill! Take action below! 

    Complete the steps below to send a message to your Assembly Representative and Senator, urging them to remove these punitive fees.  

    Thank you! 

    Katherine Stainken 

    Policy Director, Plug In America

  • Say YES to Reducing the $200 EV Registration Fee!

    Dear Plug In America Friends,  

    As you know, in 2015 Georgia took steps to punish EV drivers by passing legislation that imposes a hefty $200 road use fee. Not only will this fee hinder EV adoption in Georgia, but the fee will do very little to address highway funding needs, since EVs in Georgia represent less than 0.3% of the total light-duty vehicle market.

    HB 317 would slash the $200 fee to a more reasonable $100, effective for all payments starting on January 1, 2018. (And of course we want it to be even less than that…but $100 is certainly more fair than $200.) These vehicles provide benefits to all Georgians, regardless if the driver is in the metro Atlanta area or the more rural areas. And, the PEV market is creating good Georgian jobs at the local Georgia electric cooperatives, Georgia Power, and several automakers have facilities that support EV operations in Georgia. See our latest factsheet on Electric Vehicles in Georgia.

    Time is running out for this bill to move! It’s currently stuck in the House Transportation Committee. We need you to contact your Representative NOW and urge for a vote to be taken on HB 317 so it can move to the House floor, and then on to the Senate.

    Complete the steps below to send a message to your Representative, the Chairs of the House and Senate Transportation Committees, and the Governor’s office urging them to reduce this punitive fee!

    Thank you! 

    Katherine Stainken 

    Policy Director, Plug In America

  • Say YES to Reducing the $200 EV Road Use Fee!

    Dear Plug In America Friends,

    As you know, in 2015 Georgia took steps to punish EV drivers by passing legislation that imposes a hefty $200 road use fee. Not only will this fee hinder EV adoption in Georgia, but the fee will do very little to address highway funding needs, since EVs in Georgia represent less than 0.3% of the total light-duty vehicle market.

    HB 317 would slash the $200 fee to a more reasonable $100, effective for all payments starting on January 1, 2018. (And of course we want it to be even less than that…but $100 is certainly more fair than $200.) These vehicles provide benefits to all Georgians, regardless if the driver is in the metro Atlanta area or the more rural areas. And, the PEV market is creating good Georgian jobs at the local Georgia electric cooperatives, Georgia Power, and several automakers have facilities that support EV operations in Georgia. See our latest factsheet on Electric Vehicles in Georgia.

    Time is running out for this bill to move! It’s currently stuck in the House Transportation Committee. We need you to contact your Representative NOW and urge for a vote to be taken on HB 317 so it can move to the House floor, and then on to the Senate.  

    Complete the steps below to send a message to your Representative, the Chairs of the House and Senate Transportation Committees, and the Governor’s office urging them to reduce this punitive fee! 

    Thank you! 

    Katherine Stainken

    Policy Director, Plug In America

  • Tell Chair Morris to Schedule a Vote on HB 1335!!

    Dear Plug In America Friends,

    We all love our electric vehicles. They're fun, fast, save us money and reduce dangerous air pollution, in addition to many other benefits. But what you may not know is that the build-out of more EV charging infrastructure is one of the most effective incentives to deploy more EVs in Washington. 

    Right now, House Bill 1335 would do just that: it would allow for public utility districts to engage in and promote the building of more EV charging infrastructure, including providing incentives to residential and commercial customers for installing EV charging stations. Currently, these public utility districts, like Seattle City Light, are prohibited from doing so. This bill would immensely help Seattle achieve the goal of 30% of all light-duty vehicles to be EVs by 2030. Furthermore, this bill expands upon HB 1853 which passed last year, which allows for private utilities to build EV charging infrastructure.  


    The bill had a successful hearing last week, with Seattle City Light, SNOPUD, Benton PUD, Franklin PUD and WAPUDA all supporting the bill. But despite all the support, the House Technology and Economic Development Chair Jeff Morris has not placed the bill on the calendar for this week, meaning that HB1335 will not be voted on and will die without even having a chance! The bill must be passed out of the Committee this week to continue on in the Washington legislative process.


    Take action now at the link below and let your voice be heard! Tell Chair Morris to schedule a Committee vote for HB 1335!


    Thanks friends,


    Jeff Finn and Katherine Stainken 
    Plug In America

    Note: This message will only go to Chair Morris, but still requires you to input your zipcode.

  • It’s Go Time. Defend the $7,500 EV Tax Credit!

    Dear Plug In America Friends, 

    We are one month into the new Congress and a few weeks into the new Administration. Staff on Capitol Hill are hard at work writing policy on a range of issues – and for the plug-in electric vehicle (EV) industry, nothing is more important right now than tax reform. For all of us that support EVs and want to see more of these fun, fast, clean cars on the road – it’s go time.

    Right now, members of Congress are busy sifting through the tax code to figure out what stays and what goes. On the House of Representatives side, the Republican “Better Way” tax plan will be the starting point. Regardless of your personal views on taxes, any tax reform process that abruptly ends the current federal tax credit for EVs will significantly hurt the EV market. Given that the EV industry is still less than 1% of light-duty vehicle sales in the U.S., and automakers have announced a range of new EV makes and models set to come on the scene in 2017 and 2018, we need to make our voices loud and clear right now that federal support is critical in helping consumers make the switch to driving electric!  

    Plug In America is planning a full-on campaign to make sure that EVs aren’t left out of the tax reform process. We’re going to need your help more than ever before to be successful. Right now, we need you to contact your Senators and Representative and ask for three things. If you submit your zip code and click the link at the bottom, we can automatically generate a letter that you can modify and submit with just a few clicks.

    Here is what we are asking for:   

    1. Maintain the EV tax credit under Section 30D of the U.S. tax code.  

    2. Lift the 200,000 vehicle cap for each manufacturer, and set an overall EV target. The EV credit should also include the ability for the consumer to apply the credit to any loan amount for the vehicle purchase.  

    3. Extend the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property tax credit (for EV charging equipment) under Section 30C of the tax code until December 31, 2025.  

    See our factsheets on the Section 30D EV vehicle credit and the Section 30C Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property credit. Contact your Senators and Representative today with the link below. Take action now!

    (Note that after you've filled in your information and click "submit", some House and Senate offices require you to take an additional step which should pop up automatically on this same page, such as identifying which issue your message is about, and if you would like a response from the office. Be sure to complete these actions and hit "submit" again, otherwise the message won't get through to the office!)

    Thank you – go team EVs! 

    Katherine Stainken 

    Policy Director, Plug In America

    PS – If you’re really fired up and want to take even more action, please contact me directly. 

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  • Slowing down on clean vehicles?!

     Dear Plug In America Friends,

     

    For whatever the reason we all choose to drive electric, we know that one of the greatest benefits from EVs is the better air quality from zero tailpipe emissions. This is exactly why the California Air Resources Board (ARB) adopted a Zero-Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) Program, which requires a minimum percentage of direct ZEV sales or purchase of credits for each gasoline and light-duty truck produced and delivered for sale in California. Moreover, 9 other states have adopted this same ZEV Program for the same reasons ARB did: CT, ME, MD, MA, NJ, NY, OR, RI and VT.

     

    The ZEV Program is working exactly as it is supposed to. As of September 2016, there were 24 different EV models available in California – more than double what was available in 2010. Yet special interests are working relentlessly to put the brakes on the ZEV Program – just as we need to accelerate to a clean vehicle future.

     

    ARB will decide the future of the ZEV Program this February 2017. Leaders at ARB need to hear that Californians want them to resist pressure from special interests and accelerate the growth of clean vehicles. Whatever ARB decides will also impact those 9 other states that want more EVs too – essentially the entire EV market in the U.S.! Your voice is absolutely critical today.

     

    By strengthening the ZEV Program, California can charge ahead to a cleaner, healthier future for all Californians.

     

    Tell ARB that California should stay in the driver’s seat of the clean vehicle revolution!

     

    Thank you!

    Katherine Stainken 

    Policy Director, Plug In America

    Donate and support our work today!

  • 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 1964 was 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!

    Katherine Stainken 

    Policy Director, Plug In America

    Donate and support our work today!

     

    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, 

    Katherine Stainken 

    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.

    How:

    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!

    Thank you,

    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.)

    OR

    • 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.

    How:

    • Attend the hearing: March 2nd at 10:30AM at the Legislative Office Building 300 Capitol Avenue, Room 2E, Hartford, CT 06106
    • Write to tratestimony@cga.ct.gov 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!

    Thank you,
    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

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