In the US, a couple of bills supporting EV are currently under study. The two, dubbed Electric Vehicle Deployment Act of 2010, are meant to extend incentives, provide grants to selected to demonstrate deployment of electric vehicles, provide additional measures to support the research, development, deployment, and manufacturing of electric vehicles, charging infrastructure and related technologies.
The bill will provide for the following measures:
- awards of up to $800 million for communities around the country to deploy electric vehicles and related charging infrastructure
- tax credits for up to $2,000 for consumer purchases of EV chargers and up to $50,000 for businesses for installing multiple chargers
- increase of existing rebates to up to $10,000
- the support of the battery research with a $1.5 billion grant
One of the first carmakers to respond to the bill is Think, the Norwegian manufacturer of the Think City EV.
“The Electric Vehicle Deployment Act is a significant step toward electrifying cars and trucks in the U.S. and reducing dependence on oil,” Richard Canny, Think CEO said in a release.
“As shown by the BP spill off the coast of Louisiana, dependence on oil carries massive economic and environmental costs that are unaccounted for until something catastrophic happens.”
“By accelerating the deployment of electric cars and charging infrastructure, the U.S. can take a major step away from oil dependence. Clean electric drive vehicle technology is available right now and is ready for commercial deployment in the U.S.”