Uncle Santa left a few small presents under the tree for EV advocates this year, in the form of provisions included in a federal transportation bill that was approved earlier this month.
The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST), signed into law by President Obama, authorizes a vast array of highway and public transportation projects, including a mandate for the DOT to designate corridors for EV charging and hydrogen, natural gas, and propane fueling on US highways (via Green Car Reports).
The corridors, which will be chosen based on strategic importance, expected demand and the location of existing infrastructure, must be designated by December 2016, after which officials will set goals for the actual deployment of infrastructure.
Another measure authorizes the General Services Administration to install charging stations at its facilities for use by federal employees and the general public, who will have to pay fees for charging, with the aim of eventually making the stations self-sustaining.
The federal tax credit of up to $1,000 for home charging stations (and 30 percent of the cost for businesses, with a maximum of $30,000) has been renewed. The existing tax credit of up to $7,500 for plug-in vehicle purchases remains unchanged.
Source: Green Car Reports