Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) issued the following statement today in recognition of National Plug-In Day, September 23, 2012. National Plug-In Day is a nationwide observance drawing global attention to the environmental, economic and other benefits of plug-in electric vehicles through simultaneous events staged around the country. Over 60 cities across America are expected to participate this year.
"Electric vehicle deployment will reduce air pollution and CO emissions, save consumers money on fuel costs, create domestic jobs and eventually help integrate more variable renewable energy into the grid," Rep. Eshoo said. "This National Plug-In Day is an opportunity to highlight eliminating our dependence on foreign oil, and for the U.S. to become a global clean energy leader by showcasing the latest electric drive technology."
Rep. Eshoo has been a staunch advocate in Congress for the development and deployment of electric drive vehicles. During the 111th Congress, Rep. Eshoo introduced a bill that would establish a program under the Department of Energy to integrate plug-in electric drive vehicles in regions across the country. It allows individuals or groups of state and local governments to apply to the Energy Department for financial assistance in furthering the regional deployment of plug-in electric vehicles. This legislation was included in the House-passed American Clean Energy and Security Act. In March 2012, President Obama included electric vehicle deployment components of Rep. Eshoo's bill in the "National Community Deployment Challenge" to spur deployment of clean, advanced vehicles around the country. Rep. Eshoo's electric vehicle deployment legislation has also been included in H.R. 1875, Building Our Clean Energy Future Now Act, to End Tax Breaks for Big Oil, and Lower Gas Prices, and H.R.1685 the Electric Drive Vehicle Deployment Act.