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Joe Biden was plugging upcoming EV initiatives on the road at an Indiana battery maker.  (Source: Darron Cummings Associated Press)
Biden hopes to add 300,000 more $7,500 credits

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, speaking to workers at a battery assembly plant in Greenfield, Indiana, plugged U.S. Sen. Carl Levin's (D-Michigan) plan to expand tax credits for EV buyers and make them immediate.

Under the new proposal the cap on the number of credits per electric vehicle manufacturer would be bumped from 200,000 to 500,000.  Additionally, people would receive the credit as a direct discount, rather than having to wait to get the money back when they filed their yearly tax return.

The Vice President describes, "Just like the Cash for Clunkers program. You won't have to wait."

The measure is backed by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers -- an alliance between Detroit's Big Three, Toyota Motor Corp. and eight others.  In a comment to The Detroit News, they state, "[The government] can play a critical role in developing the electric infrastructure, supporting R&D for advanced batteries and providing consumer incentives."

Along with those tax incentives to buyers, Vice President Biden was also promoting the Obama administration's budget, which will be submitted to Congress next week.  That budget contains $8B USD for investing in advanced energy technology, including electric vehicles.  Over the last couple years the Vice President has been a big proponent of investment in battery systems and electrified vehicles.

Of that, $590M USD will be applied directly to vehicle research.  That includes $200M USD to help up to 30 communities expand their electric vehicle infrastructure, by adding support for chargers, etc.

Biden's visit follows one by President Obama to green small businesses in Wisconsin, plugging alternative energy research.

The Obama administration's budget will like meet with opposition at the Republican-controlled house, but the Vice President was optimistic, remarking, "We're going to reshape what Americans drive. In turn we're going to reshape America itself." 

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Let's see here...
By Ben on 1/27/2011 6:20:21 PM , Rating: 2
Step 1 : Give away "government" money to fund special interests
Step 2 : When funds dry up, raise taxes on the middle class and the rich
Step 3 : Repeat

WTF is going on?

At some point I imagine some liberal socialist genius will suggest that we simply send our paychecks to uncle same so they can decide what best to spend it on.

RE: Let's see here...
By tanjali on 1/28/2011 8:33:11 AM , Rating: 3
I think you guys are bunch of republicans afraid of change that your leaders 0.1 of riches can lose some percentage of their “hard earned” wealth. And you like obedient puppies wave with your tails when master say something. No one ever complained about how most money is lost on non productive economy like services, banks, Insurances, non productive “Health” care, Wall Street, war makers and other leaches that live on people that produce "tangible economy" that everybody lives of. I am all pro electric, even with subsidized money, because its cleaner, including nuclear and thermo as sources, as ideal mean of energy as possible, overnights a billions of kilowatts get wasted, charge it then, just hate that battery "politic" of being expensive not reliable and so long to charge so little to go on. Just don’t tell me there are no better battery techs somewhere hidden. And yes make some more ugly small looking electric cars so people get distasted by it, more dirty politics. I mean most powerful vehicles have electric motor moving them even with diesel its more efficient.

RE: Let's see here...
By Dorkyman on 1/28/2011 11:20:09 AM , Rating: 3
Okay, I think I get your point. All us "Republican puppies" are just afraid of change, right?

And as for not complaining about all the money lost in the machinery of finance, allow me to claim that capitalism, for all its faults, has one sterling virtue: it rewards efficiency and crushes inefficiency. Unlike government, if a business is not efficient (read: profitable) then it will dry up and fade away.

Meanwhile Buffoons #1 and #2 in Washington are just clueless. #1 is book-smart and clueless, #2 appears to be just clueless.

RE: Let's see here...
By FITCamaro on 1/28/2011 12:35:58 PM , Rating: 2
I think you're a f*cking idiot who can't express a clear thought. I have no idea what the f*ck you're saying other than you think electric cars are good.

But I'll say this. Change is not always good. If something needs to change, it needs to change for the better, not the worse. Will America ever have to change how it gets its energy? Of course. But to try to force it to before both it and the technologies to which you are trying to change to are ready is not only expensive but also foolish. And spending trillions of dollars we don't have to do so doesn't change that fact.

Some day electric vehicles might be a good idea. Today they are not. Switching to bio-fuels is a far better plan. But they too are not ready. I'd be all for trying to fund research to figure out a way to mass produce bio-diesel or a synthetic gasoline which costs the same or less than gasoline. Unfortunately the powers that be have all but mandated that electric vehicles are the way they're going to go, the feasibility of them be damned. The cost of them be damned. The fact that it does absolutely nothing for our economy be damned.

On one hand they're saying we have to be less reliant on foreign sources of energy, but at the same time they're pushing us to being more dependent. Please explain to us how shutting down oil drilling and exploration makes us less dependent. No the goal is to make us more dependent so the price goes up so electrics have a better ability to compete.

And your link is meaningless. Yes in certain uses, electrics are the better way to go due to their max torque production at low rpms. That does not make them the better way to go for everything. Also those trucks are designed like the Volt. They rely on a diesel powered generator to supply the electricity they need. The only difference is they can't run only on batteries ever.

Instead, a 3650-horsepower (2723-kilowatt) diesel engine generates power for two electric motors in the rear axles. So it's more like a huge electric railroad locomotive than a conventional truck. Older giant trucks used a DC electrical drive system but this one uses AC, which is more efficient.

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