US Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has introduced legislation (S.3450) that would allow employers to give EV drivers access to the same pre-tax transportation benefits many workers receive for traditional forms of transportation such as public transit passes and parking fees.
The Electric Vehicle Credit Act would exclude benefits for EV charging from an employee’s taxable income, just as transit passes and parking fees are excluded now.
Employers would be able to offer up to $250 per month in EV charging benefits pre-tax, making their benefit packages more competitive. The bill covers both plug-in cars and motorcycles.
“As more Ohioans choose to drive electric to save on gas and reduce pollution, it’s important that employers have the opportunity to offer vehicle charging as a workplace benefit,” said Senator Brown. “Many workers are already able to exclude bus passes and parking fees from their taxable income, and offering workers using new transportation options this same benefit would help Ohio employers recruit and retain talent.”
The Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) has endorsed the bill. “Electrifying the daily commute allows employees to save on gasoline and communities to benefit from reduced pollution,” said EDTA President Genevieve Cullen. “Expanding electric vehicle charging in the workplace is an important step in moving toward smarter, cleaner electric transportation in Ohio and across the country.”