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U.S. Senate committee passes high-tech vehicle legislation

Sunday, July 25, 2010 - 23:00

The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources met last week for a markup of Senate Bill (S.B.) 3495, “The Promoting Electric Vehicles Act of 2010”; S.B. 2843, “The Advanced Vehicle Technology Act of 2009” and S.B. 679, “The Heavy Duty Hybrid Vehicle Research, Development and Demonstration Act of 2009.”

The committee did not finalize its work on S.B. 679 and will address this bill at a later committee meeting. Both S.B. 3495 and 2843 were reported out of the committee.

“The Promoting Electric Vehicles Act of 2010,” sponsored by Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., introduced last month, aims to reduce the United States’ dependency on foreign oil and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to information from the Automotive Service Association (ASA).

The main component of the bill is Title I, “The National Plug-In Electric Drive Vehicle Deployment Program,” which aims to:

• Reduce the use of petroleum by accelerating the deployment of plug-in electric-drive vehicles in the United States.

• Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by accelerating the deployment of plug-in electric-drive vehicles in the United States.

• Facilitate the rapid deployment of plug-in electric-drive vehicles.

• Achieve significant market penetrations by plug-in electric-drive vehicles nationally.

 

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