Congressman
Edward J. Markey
 
Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 1, 2010 - Bipartisan bills aimed at promoting the rollout of electric vehicles in the United States have been simultaneously introduced in the Senate and Representatives

The Electric Drive Vehicle Deployment Act of 2010 in the Representatives and the Electric Vehicle Deployment Act of 2010 in the Senate provide a range of measures to encourage the rapid deployment of electric vehicles, including incentives to consumers to purchase electric vehicles, support for selected communities to demonstrate the widespread deployment of electric vehicles, and incentives for the deployment of charging infrastructure.

Specifically the Representatives bill proposes a competitive award of $800 million to five different communities around the country, with the objective of deploying 700,000 electric vehicles in those communities within six years, and at least $2,000 in additional consumer incentives for the first 100,000 consumers purchasing electric vehicles in these communities.

The Representatives bill was introduced by Edward J. Markey along with Judy Biggert, Jerry McNerney, and Anna Eshoo.

“The Electric Drive Vehicle Deployment Act will lead to a surge in job creation, help consumers, recharge our economy and greatly enhance our national and environmental security,” said Markey.  “The catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico is yet another reminder that it’s time for America to start driving toward a clean energy future, and electric vehicles can help power the way.”

The Senate bill was introduced by Byron Dorgan, Lamar Alexander, and Jeff Merkley.

“I have always believed in pursuing new and innovative ways to provide for our country’s energy needs, especially as we work to reduce our reliance on imported oil,” said Dorgan. “(This legislation) is a logical move that will strengthen our national security and improve our air quality, while relying on our abundant electricity supply to fuel our cars.”

The goal of the bill is to put the U.S. on a path to electrify half its cars and trucks by 2030, which if achieved, would cut the country’s demand for oil by about one-third.