Electric Drive Vehicle Deployment Act of 2010 introduced
But could it minimize plug-in vehicles?
House and Senate leaders, aka the Electrification Coalition, are introducing an $11 billion package today to help create 5 – 8 “deployment communities” that can help jump-charge the electric vehicle industry in the US.
According to the DetroitNews, however, there are still many differences between the House and Senate versions that need to be worked out before the Act is finalized. Regardless, the final Act will essentially create a competition for resources; therefore, cities with the best plans – including their own tax incentives – will become the select few “deployment communities”.
Minimally, however, any successful city will have to ensure that at least a $2000 tax credit for at least 100,000 EVs will be available. Already, California, for instance, is offering $5000 tax credits for EVs bought in that state.
Just how cash-strapped cities and states can justify such costs isn’t the only issue concerning some critics.
The legislation “risks resulting in federal resources becoming overly concentrated in a small number of communities, which could establish electric cars as boutique vehicles,” said Gloria Bergquist, a spokeswoman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.
But is there any other way?