PHEV Tax Credits In Jeopardy, Warns Plug in America

Group asks citizens to express support for plug-in hybrid tax credits, which it sees as being in jeopardy in Congress.

Published: 04-Feb-2009

Thousands of clean-vehicle supporters have already responded to this morning's Plug In America action alert warning that tax credits for all types of plug-in vehicles may be removed from the stimulus bill in Congress.

“Send a strong message to your representatives in Congress and the President telling them that you want plug-in electric vehicles to be successful along with the truly green jobs they can create,” urges Plug In America legislative director Jay Friedland (view alert at

Plug In America, in collaboration with several EV companies, has been working with Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), John Kerry (D-MA), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Bill Nelson (D-FL) to get plug-in vehicle tax credit language into the stimulus bill.

In jeopardy is the doubling to 500,000 the number of Electric Vehicles (EVs) and Plug In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) eligible for a tax credit of up to $7,500, and the expansion of a separate consumer tax credit to PHEV conversions and two- and three-wheeled EVs, which are the most affordable and widely available EVs on the road today.

These provisions are contained in S.271, the Freedom Act of 2009, an extension of the Freedom Act of 2007, sponsored by then-Sen. Barack Obama, Sens. Cantwell and Hatch. Despite bipartisan support that includes backing from Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), as well as Hatch, the stimulus-bill tax credits are in jeopardy.

EV companies working on the grassroots effort with Plug In America include Brammo, Aptera, Persu Mobility, Zero Motorcycles, Myers Motors, Electric Motorsport, HumCycles, Vectrix, A123/Hymotion and Plug In Conversions Corp.

“Show Washington just how serious you are about wanting affordable plug-in vehicles on the road now,” Friedland writes. “…It is time to ask Congress to advance the next generation of transportation options. Each and every voice they hear will make a difference.”

About Plug In America: Plug In America is leading the nation’s plug-in vehicle movement. The nonprofit organization works to accelerate the shift to plug-in vehicles powered by clean, affordable, domestic electricity to reduce our nation's dependence on petroleum and improve the global environment. For more information:

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