Posts Tagged: Legislation

Oregon explores replacing gas tax with per-mile road tax

US drivers are using less fossil fuel, a trend that’s certain to continue, as fuel-economy standards get stricter and plug-in sales grow. That’s a good thing. However, road maintenance is funded by gas taxes, and less fuel burned means less tax revenue. That’s a bad thing. “Fuel efficiency is getting better and better, which is… Read more »

Plug-in vehicle legislation update: New rebates and waiting lists in California, Utah expands EV credit

New $2,500 California rebate program for public agencies located in Bay Area Air Quality Management District  The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) announced a new rebate program, on April 3, for public agencies that purchase or lease electric vehicles. Highlights of the program include: Approved public agencies can receive $2,500 vouchers for purchasing or… Read more »

Eight US states aim to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025

Governors from eight states have announced an initiative to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles (defined as EVs, PHEVs and fuel cell vehicles) on the roads in their states by 2025. These states – California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont – are among those that have already adopted the California Air… Read more »

New York to offer $19 million in vouchers for electric trucks

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the $19-million New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program, which will subsidize the purchase of electric, hybrid and alternate-fuel commercial trucks. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), together with the non-profit organization CALSTART, will be managing the program. The program will include two voucher funds…. Read more »

UK to invest 500 million pounds to support EVs and hydrogen vehicles

The government of the UK has announced that it will invest £500 million ($763 million) between now and 2020 to support “ultra-low emission vehicles” (ULEVs), including electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and fuel cell electric vehicles. This is in addition to £400 million in investment previously committed. The announcement appears in a new plan from the… Read more »

Sign the White House petition to allow direct Tesla sales in all 50 states

A White House petition asks the federal government to intervene in the ongoing war between Tesla Motors and trade associations representing auto dealers, by blocking states from requiring that cars be sold only by third-party dealers. The Obama administration promises to review and respond to any citizen petition that garners 100,000 signatures within a month. The petition… Read more »

New York State Assembly shelves anti-Tesla legislation

Earlier this month, the Texas legislature declined to take action on a pair of bills that would have favored Tesla Motors by carving out an exception to the state’s ban on direct retail auto sales. This week, the New York State Assembly made something of a mirror image move, ending its legislative session without advancing two bills… Read more »

Auto industry groups protest Zero-Emission Vehicle mandates

Two auto industry lobbying groups, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers, have petitioned the EPA to reconsider California’s Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) requirements, Automotive News reported. The new rules, most of which begin to take effect in 2018, would require automakers to sell an estimated 1.4 million EVs, PHEVs and/or hydrogen… Read more »