Energy Bill Includes Sherman's Language Promoting the Use of Plug-in Vehicles
Today, the House of Representatives is considering the Comprehensive American Energy Security and Consumer Protection Act(H.R. 6899) which includes legislative language authored by Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA) to promote the use of plug-in electric vehicles, both plug-in hybrids and pure electric.
Congressman Sherman's amendment states that for any newly-constructed residential buildings to qualify as meeting "green" building standards, such structures will need to have appropriate electrical outlets with the capacity to recharge an electric passenger vehicle in the garage or carport. Today, many residences do not have outlets with the capability to charge an electric vehicle where that vehicle would normally be parked.
"We need to promote alternate energy sources for the vehicles we drive. If green' vehicles are to flourish on our roadways, we need to have the proper residential infrastructure in place so that drivers can recharge their vehicles at home," Sherman said. "This legislation will help create the required infrastructure to support expanded use of electric vehicles."
Once passed, the Comprehensive American Energy Security and Consumer Protection Act willgo to the Senate for its consideration.