Posts Tagged: Plug-In Vehicle Incentives

EV industry fights congressional plans to abolish federal EV tax credit

The latest salvo in the US government’s war on technology is contained in a House bill with the Orwellian title of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which would eliminate the federal tax credit for EV purchases. There’s good reason to believe that killing the tax credit could cripple America’s nascent EV industry. In Denmark,… Read more »

Oregon legislature approves new EV rebates (and new fees)

The Oregon House and Senate have approved a $5.3-billion transportation funding package that includes point-of-purchase rebates for EVs. Governor Kate Brown is expected to sign the legislation within the next few days. The bill authorizes $12 million each year for six years to fund rebates for the purchase or lease of a new EV or… Read more »

Oregon legislators consider sales incentive for EVs

Oregon legislators are considering a bill that would establish a $1-million fund to provide a $250 incentive to automobile sales staff who sell electric vehicles to Oregon residents (it exempts sales at exclusively electric dealerships). The bill (HB 2514) addresses two interrelated issues, according to its sponsor, Representative Phil Barnhart. First, $250 would be a… Read more »

Con Edison offers rewards for smart EV charging

EV owners in New York City and Westchester County can earn gift card rewards by participating in a new Con Edison program. The utility has partnered with charging specialist FleetCarma to offer a program called SmartCharge New York that will pay EV owners to charge their vehicles at off-peak times. The program is open to… Read more »

New wave of state legislation aims to penalize EV drivers

Several US states impose a yearly fee on owners of electrified vehicles, and the state-level anti-EV movement is now shifting into high gear, with financial backing from oil industry groups. As Gina Coplon-Newfield, Director of the Sierra Club’s Electric Vehicles Initiative and co-author Maggie Newshan write in a recent article, Wyoming, Colorado, Virginia, Nebraska, Missouri,… Read more »

Romania’s new government to increase EV purchase incentive to 10,000 euros

  Romania’s Social Democratic Party plans to extend the existing Rabla program of EV incentives to 2020, and increase the value of the purchase incentive to 10,000 euros for each EV. The Rabla program, which was launched last year, currently provides vouchers worth 1,100 euros for the purchase of a hybrid and up to 6,000… Read more »

What are the leading EV markets in the US, and how did they get there?

A new white paper from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) examines the leading regional markets in the US for EVs, and analyzes the policy actions that support their success. The assessment includes state policy (regulation, purchasing incentives), local policy (parking and lane access incentives, building codes), utility actions (charging infrastructure incentives, preferential charging… Read more »

UK government extends Plug-In Van grants to larger trucks

The UK government has announced an investment of an additional £4 million ($4.9 million) to the Plug-In Van grant scheme, extending eligibility to larger electric vehicles. Electric trucks above 3.5 tons will now be eligible for grants of up to £20,000 ($24,300). The grant amount is automatically deducted from the price of the vehicle by… Read more »

California Clean Vehicle Rebate Project reformed to benefit lower-income consumers

Considering the high prices of most EVs, policymakers are keen to find ways to help lower-income consumers afford them. To this end, California’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP), which has issued over $335 million in rebates for more than 157,300 vehicles since 2010, has revised its eligibility rules. For lower-income consumers, CVRP rebates are increasing… Read more »

Proposed legislation lets employers offer pre-tax transportation benefits to EV drivers

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… Read more »