This week, President Obama announced a "National Community Deployment Challenge" to spur deployment of clean, advanced vehicles in communities around the country. The electric vehicle deployment components of this plan are similar to legislation Rep. Eshoo has introduced in the 111th and 112th Congress.
"I'm very pleased that the President has integrated my electric vehicle deployment legislation into his 'all of the above' approach to address rising gas prices," said Rep. Eshoo. "The U.S. can address its dependence on oil and become a global leader of technology to electrify the transportation sector if we develop innovative technologies. Electric vehicles do this. I hear from hundreds of individuals, entrepreneurs, and companies that are ready to work on next generation technologies and solutions for a clean energy future."
In the 111th Congress, Rep. Eshoo introduced, H.R. 1742, the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Act, to promote the deployment and integration of electric vehicles across the country. This bill passed the House as part of H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act.
On May 3, 2011, Rep. Eshoo also partnered with Reps. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Judy Biggert (R-Ill.), and Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.), to introduce H.R.1685, the Electric Drive Vehicle Deployment Act. Companion legislation was introduced by Senators Merkley (D-Ore.), and Alexander (R-Tenn.).
President Obama's plan calls for a new $1 billion National Community Deployment Challenge to spur deployment of clean, advanced vehicles in communities around the country. It would also improve the current advanced vehicle tax credit by expanding eligibility for the credit to a broader range of vehicle technologies, increasing the amount from $7,500, up to $10,000.