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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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RE: just what we need
By Noya on 1/27/2011 10:23:25 PM , Rating: 0
When Top Gear...

Nothing like making yourself sound less intelligent about the auto industry. That show is a joke and Clarkson is an ogreish buffoon. Tiff Needell is a real driver.

RE: just what we need
By dgingeri on 1/28/2011 8:28:26 AM , Rating: 2
well, your opinion of the show notwithstanding, I wasn't referring to the methods of their tests. I was commenting on how a car they were supposed to test on a wildly popular tv show ended up constantly breaking down. Even the replacement car broke down. Both times with battery problems. In the case of the Tesla roadster, there are several thousand individual batteries in the battery pack, and one dying creates a cascade across the whole pack. The Nissan Leaf has less than 1/4 of the number of batteries, but that's still a lot of batteries and a lot of points of failure.

While Nissan says you'll only have to change the $6000 battery pack every 5 years, the history of electric cars, and lithium ion batteries, says differently.

RE: just what we need
By Flunk on 1/28/2011 8:56:27 AM , Rating: 2
"Clarkson is an ogreish buffoon"

Why do you think people watch the show?

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