The Detroit News reports that two versions of the Electric Drive Vehicle Deployment Act of 2010 will be introduced today in the House and Senate. Both bills would spend about $11b by sending $800 million to $1 billion five to eight “deployment communities.” One of the EDVDA’s bipartisan sponsors, Rep Judy Biggert (R-IL) explains that these funds
will help regional communities establish themselves as models for the development and installation of the next generation of transportation infrastructure, including public charging stations
The bill is being backed by several small EV firms, like A123 Systems and Bright Automotive, under the rubric of the Electrification Coalition. And despite the fact that everyone loves a good subsidy, the mainstream automakers are not amused.
According to spokesfolks from the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which represents foreign and domestic mainstream automakers, the proposed legislation
risks resulting in federal resources becoming overly concentrated in a small number of communities, which could establish electric cars as boutique vehicles… Electric cars and their infrastructure should be available to everyone nationwide, not just people in select communities
Another sign that the big boys don’t like this bill: not a single member of Michigan’s congressional delegation has signed onto the bills yet. In an interview with EETV, the Electrification Coalition’s Policy Director Sam Ori defends the bills’ local focus as necessary to keep government costs down and maintain fiscal responsibility.
The legislation is said to require qualifying local regions to put 700k EVs on the road in six years and extend $2,000 local tax breaks for EV purchases. The federal funds would be spent to extend tax credits for purchasing home charging equipment, and funding detailed local infrastructure-building plans. And according to a late-breaking tweet from the DetN’s David Shepardson, the
Senate bill creates a $10 million prize for whoever invents the 500-mile battery
Legislation has not yet been posted online, but we’ll link to the bills as soon as they become available.