By on February 23, 2009

The federal stimulus bill delivered unto America’s nascent plug-in electric vehicle industry some $12.5 billion of your hard-earned tax money for plug-in vehicles and infrastructure. I mean, why not? You gotta spend your way out of a recession, right? Politics aside, nothing. The details of the deal are coming to light, thanks to the plugged-in cheerleaders at Plug In America. The website congratulates all those who helped the government distort the market on their behalf, especially themselves.

Therefore, the historic bill, which has a tax credit of up to $7,500 per vehicle, has the potential to stimulate the sale of more than one-and-a-half million plug-in vehicles.

The President has called for one million plug-ins by 2015, and while Plug In America would like to reach that number even sooner, this provision will do wonders in helping us to meet Obama’s goal.

* $2 billion for advanced battery manufacturing,
* $2B A credit of $2,500 to $7,500, depending on size of battery,1 for electric-drive vehicles under 14,000 pounds GVWR sold after December 31, 2009:

o The credit will phase out by maker. Each maker will get 100% credit for 200,000 vehicles, and all additional vehicles sold in the first quarter after the quarter containing the date at which the manufacturer hits the 200,000 limit. The “phaseout” period begins in the following quarter.
o In the first and second quarter of the “phaseout,” all electric-drive vehicles sold by this manufacturer get 50% of the previous credit.
o In the third and fourth quarter of the “phaseout,” all electric vehicles get 25% of the previous credit.
o After the fourth quarter, there is zero credit for electric drive vehicles from this manufacturer.
o There does not appear to be a termination date for this portion of the bill (unlike the low speed and conversion kit terminations, you could take until, say, 2015 to get to your 200k).
o There does not appear to be a limit to the number of vehicle manufacturers that can qualify for this process.

* 10% separate consumer tax credit for 2-3 wheeled vehicles (up to $25,000 for a $2500 tax credit). This incentive helps the most affordable and already available vehicles including electric motorcycles and enclosed 3 wheelers like Aptera, Persu Mobility, and Myers Motors. Vehicles must have a minimum of 2.5 kWH or battery energy. Sunsets 12/31/2011.

* 10% credit for low speed electrified vehicles, up to $2,500 until December 31, 2011.

* 10% credit for conversion kits up to $40,000 credit until December 31, 2011. To qualify, conversion kits must still meet Clean Air requirements.

* $1.7B 30% credit for advanced energy investments, such as plug-in vehicle manufacture,

* $54M for tax credits on Alternative Refueling Property (including EV/PHEV charging)

(they raised the limit from 30% and $30,000 to 50% and $50,000 until 1/1/2011)
(also increased the residential refueling property tax credit to 50% capped at $2000)
(This is a TARP modification)

* $400 million for deployment of plug-in infrastructure and vehicles.

* $300 million to regional deployment of electric drive and alternative fuel vehicles.

* $300 million for the federal purchase of commercially available high-efficiency vehicles (including hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery electric vehicles) to remain available until September 30, 2011.

* $10 million additional for administration of Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturer Loan Program and $6 billion additional to Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee program which could go to plug-ins.

And: $6 billion goes to for grants under the EISA (Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007) for the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturer Grant Program which was approved but wasn’t funded before. This program provides grant funding like the loan funding to help automakers retool to make much more fuel efficient vehicles like EVs and PHEVs.

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11 Comments on “Plug In America! $12.5 Billion for PHEVs and Infrastructure...”

  • avatar
    Brian E

    *Sound of toilet flushing*

    Watching all that money swirl around sure is stimulating!

  • avatar

    Sounds like a “shovel-ready” project to me.

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    $19 billion subsidy to create an alternative to imported fuel: 1980, President Carter, Synthetic Fuels Corporation.

    Goal: fuel independence by 1990.

    You or your parents’ tax money was spent alright: vendors, politicians, and Synthetic Fuels Corporation staff all got their jollies.

    But the oil from coal President Carter wanted to subsidize was too expensive for real life, too expensive to compete with good, abundant petroleum.

    Anyone wanna bet on what energy will fuel the cars of 2020 after the Obama subsidy has been spent and the beneficiaries of the subsidy have gotten their jollies?

  • avatar

    @ RF

    At least it’s going to something, ANYTHING, that might have a measurable ROI.

    (Jollies aside – there’s no shortages of those for Corporations on the taxpayer take).

  • avatar

    The electric Trabant is the best you can hope for. It is impossible to stuff a gallon of gas worth of energy into a battery of the same size.

  • avatar

    “all those who helped the government distort the market on their behalf”

    Like this isn’t happening with oil? You think Exxon/Mobil’s $50B profit wasn’t sucked straight out of Americans’ pockets with full and complicit market “distortion” by 50 years of government tax and energy policy? That’s the bailout of the century, and it goes on.

    I’ve got no problem discussing which distortions / subsidies one favors, but let’s not pretend that any horse in this race isn’t getting one hell of a push….

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    Under current gasoline tax policy, EV users are tax cheats, since they don’t pay gasoline taxes, but still use the roads.

    Plus they are getting huge subsidies to boot.

    Am I missing something here?

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    Ya…that’s change.

    We’ll take a fossil fuel such as gasoline, that is still relatively cheap and easy and replace it with….

    Plug in, slow, 20 minutes of driving – 20 hours to charge, expensive cars. That derive their fuel from your home’s power, which is derived from…

    …coal…another fossil fuel, only it costs more per mile for electricity than it does gas.

    This isn’t moving forwards, this is moving backwards. Anyone see the Tesla on Top Gear? It drove for 20 minutes. The Honda Clarity, powered by hydrogen, is a move forward.

    Not these hippie mobiles.

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    «The Honda Clarity, powered by hydrogen, is a move forward»

    You sure?

    Currently hydrogen is an energy transport, not a source of energy: we manufacture hydrogen either from electricity (50% coal) or from natural gas.

    There sure ain’t no such thing as a free lunch, and change to hydrogen sure ain’t much of a change at all.

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    Gasoline is the fuel of the future.

    That is all.

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    So, would you be willing to forego all the government meddling and incentives for YOUR favorite programs in exchange for the others doing the same? Or do you just want to make an argument that this is somehow “fair” because you believe that the oil companies have been propped up by uncle sugar for years, so we should do the same for electrics? BTW, if you want to put military expenditures in the credit column for oil companies, think again. It’s a consumer bailout, not a corporate subsidy.

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