EV advocates support a just clean energy transition. The Mining Regulatory Clarity Act is not it.
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by Plug In America
1M ago
The shift to electric vehicles is a tremendous win for air quality, public health, energy security, jobs, and the planet. Electrifying transportation is critical to addressing the climate crisis and cutting tailpipe emissions, both of which disproportionately harm Indigenous, Black, and other communities of color. As we transition to a clean energy economy, we must update mining laws to maximize the benefits of transportation electrification while protecting communities and the environment. The mining industry has a well-documented history of social and environmental degradation that must be a ..read more
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The signs of an EV future
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by Plug In America
1M ago
As regular drivers, you’ve all seen signs along the highway pointing you to gas stations, food, and lodging. Now, you’ll be able to locate EV charging stations in the same way, using highway signage. Recently, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) updated the national manual on what kind of signage can be added along highways across the country. Notably, the new signage helps to ensure that EV drivers and EV-interested consumers are easily able to locate charging stations the same way that gas vehicle drivers can. With EVs growing in popularity, the new signage will help to raise awarenes ..read more
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2023 was a tremendous year for both EVs and Plug In America!
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by Ashley Alufohai
2M ago
Over a million EVs sold in the U.S. in a year First NEVI charging stations up and running Gasoline sales have passed their peak It’s been a busy year here on the policy team. Join us as we recap highlights from 2023 and flag big things to expect in 2024.   Clean Vehicle Tax Credits Clean vehicle tax credits kicked into high gear in 2023. New federal EV tax credits were expanded and updated, and credits for used and commercial EVs became available for the first time in January. The tax credits are pretty complicated, but Plug In America was committed to providing timely, accurate inform ..read more
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An Unsung EV Benefit: Longevity and the Battery Warranty
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by Plug In America
2M ago
Making the switch to an all-electric vehicle takes a bit of a leap of faith. Many of us had our first electric vehicle experience with cheap radio-controlled toys that ran on a couple of D batteries before quickly growing wobbly and unresponsive.  Those of us who have made the leap of faith to modern electric vehicles (EVs) have learned that there are many benefits. Aside from costing less to fuel, being much easier to maintain, having zero emissions, and being super fun to drive, we have discovered that, unlike the batteries in our old radio-controlled toys, EV batteries are pretty amazi ..read more
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From Recreation to Everyday Transport: The Growing Appeal of E-Bikes
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by Plug In America
3M ago
Imagine a transportation option that has the fun and flexibility of a bike, is a fraction of the price of a car, can park almost anywhere for free, and produces almost zero climate-changing emissions. Sounds too good to be true, right? Think again. Meet the e-bike.     A battery and small electric-assist motor on a bike frame allows riders to climb hills and reach higher speeds with each boosted pedal for less effort than a regular bike. E-bikes can reach speeds of up to 28 mph and can go 20 -100 miles on a single charge. The US Department of Energy confirms that around 50 ..read more
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National Drive Electric Week 2023 Recap: Let’s Give Them Something To Talk About
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by Plug In America
4M ago
By Zan Dubin-Scott I’m standing on the sidewalk in the sun, proudly gazing at 70-plus vehicles lined up and ready to go for a history-making event–the world’s first electric vehicle parade–when my phone rings. A group of us early adopters had organized the procession, reaching out to every EV owner we knew within spitting distance of L.A. This was 2009, a full year before the first mainstream mass-produced EVs had hit the road, so we mostly had Toyota RAV4 EVs. Little else had been delivered in any significant number.  It didn’t matter. We knew we were doing something downright groundbrea ..read more
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Starting Jan. 1, it will be easier and cheaper to buy a new or used EV
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by Plug In America
4M ago
Beginning Jan. 1, 2024, the New Clean Vehicle Tax Credit (30D) and Used Clean Vehicle Tax Credit (25E) will be available at the time of sale from your local dealer because the tax credit can be transferred to the dealer.  What does this mean? It means that when you purchase an eligible electric vehicle (EV) or Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) and if you meet the income requirements, you get the FULL amount of the tax credit up front. So depending on the vehicle, you could get $3,750, $4,000 or $7,500 off of the purchase price. This money can even be used as a down payment on the veh ..read more
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Setting New Standards for Clean Cars
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by Plug In America
5M ago
A normal vehicle releases several tons of pollutants each year, which depends on the vehicle’s fuel, fuel economy, and how far it is driven annually. Improving vehicle technology and electric vehicles saves consumers money through reduced maintenance and fuel costs and improves air quality and public health. To continue unlocking these benefits for communities by advancing vehicle technology, the U.S. federal government has worked on two programs in particular: EPA’s Light Duty Vehicle Emissions (LDV) Standards and NHTSA’s Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards.  So what are thes ..read more
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1 in 4 new cars sold in California are now electric. What’s next?
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by Plug In America
6M ago
Supporting a transition to clean, electrified transportation is one of the most effective ways that we can cut greenhouse gas emissions and reduce localized air pollution in California. Since 2007, California has funded key programs, like the Clean Transportation Program, that invest millions each year across an array of transportation projects throughout the state. California risks falling behind in achieving ambitious goals on climate change, air quality, fossil fuel reduction, and adoption of zero-emission vehicles, as funding for these programs is set to expire in 2024. Voting yes on bill ..read more
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One Year Later, IRA Responsible for Tens of Thousands of American Jobs & Billions in Investment
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by Joel Levin
6M ago
Jobs, jobs, and more jobs. The transition to clean transportation and clean energy is well underway and one thing that we’re most excited about is the thousands of jobs that are being created to support the transition. As we approach the one-year anniversary of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), we wanted to take a moment to reflect on all of the benefits already going to communities as a result of the IRA. The Inflation Reduction Act, enacted on August 16, 2022, by President Biden, is crucial legislation dedicated to curbing inflation and bolstering domestic energy production. For communities ..read more
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