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Thursday, 26 August 2010 18:02

Senate Committee Passes High Tech Legislation

The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources met July 21 for a markup of Senate Bill 3495, “The Promoting Electric Vehicles Act of 2010”; S.B. 2843, “The Advanced Vehicle Technology Act of 2009” and S.B. 679, “The Heavy Duty Hybrid Vehicle Research, Development and Demonstration Act of 2009.”

The committee did not finalize its work on S.B. 679 and will address this bill at a later committee meeting. Both S.B. 3495 and 2843 were reported out of the committee.

“The Promoting Electric Vehicles Act of 2010,” sponsored by Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., introduced in June, aims to reduce the United States’ dependency on foreign oil and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The main component of the bill is Title I which aims to:
● Reduce the use of petroleum by accelerating the deployment of plug-in electric-drive vehicles in the United States.
● Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by accelerating the deployment of plug-in electric-drive vehicles in the United States.
● Facilitate the rapid deployment of plug-in electric-drive vehicles.
● Achieve significant market penetrations by plug-in electric-drive vehicles nationally.
● Establish models for the rapid deployment of plug-in electric-drive vehicles nationally, including models for the deployment of residential, private and publicly available charging infrastructure.
● Increase consumer knowledge and acceptance of plug-in electric-drive vehicles.
● Encourage the innovation and investment necessary to achieve mass-market deployment of plug-in electric-drive vehicles.
● Facilitate the integration of plug-in electric-drive vehicles into electricity distribution systems and the larger electric grid while maintaining grid system performance and reliability.
● Provide technical assistance to communities across the United States to prepare for plug-in electric-drive vehicles.
● Support workforce training across the United States relating to plug-in electric drive vehicles.

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