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NEMA Endorses Biggert-Markey Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Bill

05/4/2011 11:00AMSign-up to receive press releases.

(ROSSLYN, Va.)—The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), on behalf of its Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment/Systems (EVSES) product section, today lent its support to HR 1685, the Electric Drive Vehicle Deployment Act of 2011. Introduced by Representatives Judy Biggert (R-IL), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Jerry McNerney (D-CA), and Anna Eshoo (D-CA), HR 1685 implements various incentives and programs to foster adoption of electric vehicles (EV) and EV infrastructure.

“Electric vehicle supply equipment is a central component of the Smart Grid and the investments made through this legislation will pay dividends—job creation, enhanced energy security, and a cleaner environment,” said NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis.

HR 1685 extends through 2014 the tax credit for the residential and commercial purchase and installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure. The credit is currently set to expire at the end of this year. The bill expands the tax credit from 30 percent with a cap of $30,000 for businesses and $1,000 for individuals to Recovery Act levels of a 50 percent credit with a cap of $50,000 for businesses and $2,000 for individuals.

"The deployment of charging infrastructure is crucial to the mass adoption of electric vehicles," said Michael Mahan, GE Industrial Solutions Product General Manager for EV Infrastructure and Chairman of NEMA’s EVSES section.“This legislation makes it more affordable for consumers, businesses, and cities to adopt this exciting new technology and to realize all the benefits it enables."

In addition to the tax provision, this bill establishes:

  • a deployment communities grant program at the Department of Energy to identify and demonstrate best practices for incorporating EVs and EV infrastructure into the grid and select communities

  • bonding authority for EV infrastructure investments

  • a loan program for manufacturers to reequip their facilities to produce EVSE or EV components

  • a program to encourage adoption of EVs by federal fleets.

  • NEMA is the association of electrical and medical imaging equipment manufacturers. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its approximately 450 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end use of electricity. These products are used in utility, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential applications. The association’s Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) Division represents manufacturers of cutting-edge medical diagnostic imaging equipment including MRI, CT, x-ray, and ultrasound products. Worldwide sales of NEMA-scope products exceed $120 billion. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has offices in Beijing and Mexico City.

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