It feels like just last week that we were all eagerly awaiting the arrival of 2010, the year of the plug-ins. And here we are today, 2010 is nearly over and we have production EVs from major automakers on the road. Let's take a look at a few of the plug-ins that went into production this year:
There's nothing quite like a seasonal boat parade party to rev up ye old holiday spirit, and this year's lineup of extravagantly lit and decorated vessels gliding past our Huntington Harbor home was no exception. My husband Howard and I took advantage of the nautical spectacle and hosted not one, but two boat parade parties.
Just wanted to let you know that the tax bill with the EV infrastructure tax credit extension passed the House late tonight 277-148.
It extends the EV infrastructure tax credit for one year until 12/31/2011 at pre-stimulus levels.
This means that the tax credit on an EV charger is 30% up to $1,000 for consumers and 30% up to $30,000 for businesses rather than 50% up to $2,000/50% up to $50,000 as it has been for the past two years.
I've got a LEAF for a few days. Very exciting. I'll have a full report soon. But I've got to mention one frustration I've encountered. Restricted charge stations.
Today, Plug In America launched our fourth PSA, Clothes, which uses clothing as an analogy for vehicle maintenance. Compared to other fuel types, electric cars need very little maintenance, meaining less waste in the landfill and more money in your pocket. In the 45 second clip, electric simply puts on new shoes, while gasoline requires a whole new wardrobe-- and it isn't cheap!
With all of the talk about the coming electric cars, I'd like to share ten reasons why we should be excited about finally having an electric choice in affordable, practical, freeway-capable cars. My wife and I have been driving pure electric vehicles for over two years now, we no longer own a gas car, and don't plan on ever owning one again. Now that we're used to driving electric, we have no interest in going back to gas. Here are ten reasons why.
Last year the US Government approved tax credits for EV charging infrastructure of 50% up to $2,000 for individuals and $50,000 for businesses. Unfortunately this tax credit expires 12/31/2010. Just as plug-in cars are about to get on the road is absolutely the wrong time to end this tax credit. Plug In America is working with members of Congress to get this tax credit extended. But now we hear that the infrastructure tax credit extension may be scaled back or eliminated from the 2010 tax extenders bill.
Plug In America's third PSA, "Hype," ran on national television today, from start to finish. This is a historic first for us. Sure, we've been on the big screen ("Who Killed the Electric Car?") and our protests and talking-points covered by local TV news. But whodathunk FOX would be the first network to go so far for not-so-little-old us?