Today, Congressman Dale E. Kildee, Co-Chair of the Congressional Auto Caucus, introduced legislation to establish battery recharging stations in the parking areas of the House of Representatives. This legislation will help make clean-energy electric vehicles - like the Chevy Volt -- more accessible to consumers and help incentivize their use, all at no cost to the taxpayer. Congressman Kildee was joined by Representatives John Dingell (D-MI), Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), Sander Levin (D-MI), Gary Peters (D-MI) and Tim Ryan (D-OH) in introducing the bill.
"Two years ago there was a feeling of uncertainty surrounding the auto industry. Today, there is a feeling of confidence, accomplishment and energy about the future of our auto makers -- and electric cars like the Chevy Volt are leading the charge. By establishing charging stations in the Capitol we will make owning electric vehicles more accessible for consumers and set an important example to encourage other employers and localities to install charging stations. These cars are helping reenergize the domestic auto industry, helping our local economies in Michigan and throughout our nation. I am committed to the strength of the domestic auto industry, and electric cars are a critical part of the future of American auto manufacturing," said Congressman Kildee.
Under Congressman Kildee's bill, users of the charging stations would pay fees to build and maintain the stations, thereby costing the taxpayers nothing. This bill is part of a government effort to support electric vehicles to help support our domestic auto industry, help our environment and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.