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Electric vehicle bill passes U.S. Senate

Electric vehicle bill passes U.S. Senate
Washington – U.S. Sens. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) announced Thursday that the bipartisan electric vehicle legislation they authored won bipartisan approval Wednesday by the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
According to the senators, the bill will reduce the country’s excessive dependence on foreign oil while creating American jobs.
The “Promoting Electric Vehicle Act of 2010,” approved in Committee 19-4, includes initiatives to increase the introduction of electric cars and trucks throughout the country, significantly reducing gas consumption and creating domestic jobs.
“Our goal should be to electrify half our cars and trucks within 20 years, which would reduce our dependence on oil by about a third, from about 20 million to about 13 million barrels a day,” Alexander said.
“Republicans and Democrats agree that electrifying our cars and trucks is the single best way to reduce our dependence on oil, and the fact that 13 Democrats and six Republicans supported this bill in the Energy Committee shows that the Senate can pass this bill as a good, bipartisan step forward to reduce our dependence on oil,” Alexander added.
If passed by the Congress and signed into law, the bipartisan “Promoting Electric Vehicle Act of 2010” would create “deployment communities” across the country, where targeted incentive programs for electric vehicles and charging infrastructure systems would help demonstrate rapid market penetration and determine what “best practices” would be helpful for nationwide deployment of electric vehicles.
The goal is to put the nation on a path to electrify half its cars and trucks by 2030, which if achieved, would cut U.S. demand for oil by about one-third.
Currently, the U.S. transportation sector is 95 percent reliant on petroleum and accounts for more than two-thirds of total national petroleum consumption.
The U.S. imported more than 60 percent of its oil in 2008 at a cost of some $380 billion – or nearly 60 percent of the total trade deficit, according to the release.
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