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real clear policy

14 February 2019

Electric Vehicles Are The Right Turn for America, By Roberta Combs, president & CEO, Christian Coalition of America, & Michelle Combs, president, Young Conservatives for Energy Reform

The EV federal tax credit was designed to incentivize a shift from traditional gas-powered vehicles to electric, and reduce our exposure to the fluctuating global fuel markets. It has only done so to a limited extent. Taxpayers purchasing EVs receive a $7,500 tax credit, but there is a catch — the 2008 provision imposes a limit on the number of qualifying vehicles eligible for the tax credit to 200,000 EVs per manufacturer. Unfortunately, this is a limit U.S manufacturers are getting closer to hitting every day. Keep reading →


morning consult

13 February 2019

A Reformed Electric Vehicle Tax Credit Is a Step Forward, By Joel Levine, executive director of Plug In America

The auto industry is changing, and the future is electric. A reformed tax credit is critical to establishing a strong domestic market capable of producing affordable electric vehicles that can compete on a global scale. Inaction will bring recent advances to a grinding halt, and America will voluntarily step down from its historic role as a leader in the automotive industry. Keep reading →


the detroit news

31 January 2019

Opinion: EVs shine at Detroit auto show, By Trevor Francis, spokesperson, EV Drive Coalition

The success of the EV market in America can be credited in great part to the 2008 electric vehicle federal tax credit. Ultimately, the EV federal tax credit was designed to incentivize a shift from traditional gas-powered vehicles to electric. Battery powered vehicles are more expensive than their established combustible engine counterparts. The original intent of the EV tax credit was to help bolster the upfront cost of this emerging technology until EVs are mature enough to make it on their own in the market. Keep reading →


san francisco chronicle

17 January 2019

Reform tax credit for electric vehicles, By Heidi Sickler, director of energy and environmental policy for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group

Many U.S. electric vehicle manufacturers have already hit this cap, leaving buyers with a smaller pool of vehicles with tax credits to choose from. Fewer consumer options result in less innovation, fewer new models, less consumer attention. Ultimately, this slows the shift to an electric vehicle fleet that California must make to address climate change because 80 percent of our carbon emissions come from passenger vehicles. Keep reading →


The mercury news

21 December 2018

Opinion: Congress must reform federal electric vehicle tax credit, By Anne Smart, vice president for public policy for ChargePoint

In its current form, the credit provides American drivers with a $7,500 incentive to purchase a qualifying electric vehicle. The credit begins to phase out once a manufacturer sells 200,000 vehicles, creating uneven incentives and essentially limiting the pool of available vehicles. If the plug-in vehicles tax credit goes unchanged, or worse completely repealed, consumers will see less vehicle choice, with many EV models out of reach. Keep reading →



17 December 2018

Car makers fight to protect, expand EV tax credits to consumers, By Charlsy Panzino

The EV Drive Coalition, with support from such automakers as Tesla and General Motors, wants to lift the 200,000 cap so more car buyers can receive the full tax credit. “We want to expand the cap so that the most popular EVs on the market remain available to consumers,” coalition spokesperson Trevor Francis said in an interview. Failing to do so would make it harder for consumers to buy the vehicles they want, Francis said, which could affect EV sales for automakers. “We’re hoping to reform the credit to not only recognize the value of electric vehicles in the marketplace but also not punish early adopters on the manufacturing side and allow consumers to have the choice we believe they should have where they can purchase the vehicle of their choice,” Francis said. Francis said the coalition is not seeking new legislation but is instead pushing for modifications in the existing legislation, which phases out the incentive once an automaker sells 200,000 EVs. Keep reading →



14 December 2018

The Koch Brothers’ Last Ditch Attempt to Kill the Electric Vehicle Tax Credit, By Dana Drugmand

Encouraging EV Expansion: On the other side of the issue, automakers and utilities are banking on a future of increasingly electrified transport and have lobbied in support of extending the EV tax credit. Companies like GM, Nissan, and Tesla have teamed up with advocacy groups and other EV interests to form the EV Drive Coalition, which is urging Congress to lift the cap and maintain the credit in order to “level the playing field.” Keep reading →


associated press

11 December 2018

GM Fights Feds to Keep $7,500 Electric Vehicle Tax Credit, By Richard Lardner

GM joined forces with Tesla and Nissan as well as several consumer and environmental groups to broaden its lobbying push even further. The EV Drive Coalition, which was launched in November, urged lawmakers in an open letter last week to put a provision in the must-pass government spending bill that does away with the 200,000-car limit. "Eliminating the per-manufacturer cap will level the playing field for all EV manufacturers and spur innovation among domestic manufacturers, ensuring America's leadership in the hyper-competitive, global auto market," the coalition said. Keep reading →


The Hill

10 December 2018

How to Reform the Federal Electric Vehicle Tax Credit, By Bob Perciasepe, president of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)

Travelers on the road this holiday season may have noticed a growing number of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at parking garages, rest stops and elsewhere. It would be fair to assume the market for electric vehicles is exploding. Looks can be deceiving though. At 2 percent of the U.S. auto market, the EV market is still maturing. Consumer awareness is growing by leaps and bounds, but consumer adoption has yet to reach the same level. Keep reading →



10 December 2018

Here’s Which Automakers Will Suffer if Trump Ends Electric Car Tax Credits, By Jim Gorzelany

Tesla, GM, Nissan, and other companies recently formed the EV Drive Coalition, which is lobbying Congress to extend the credits and give them a fixed end-date after five years. Critics say the current sales-based system essentially penalizes automakers that were at the forefront of EV development and invested heavily in the technology early in the game. The Coalition says there are 300,000 jobs in 48 states dedicated to building, selling, and servicing electric cars that could be adversely affected if the credits are canceled. Keep reading →


seeking alpha

10 December 2018

Automakers Lobby to Save EV Incentive, By Clark Schultz

Automakers General Motors (GM +0.2%), Tesla (TSLA +1.6%) and Nissan are part of the EV Drive Coalition lobbying organization that also includes several consumer and environmental groups. The coalition group is urging Congress to put a provision in the government spending bill that does away with the 200K-car limit for EV tax incentives. "Eliminating the per-manufacturer cap will level the playing field for all EV manufacturers and spur innovation among domestic manufacturers," reads a letter sent to Congress last week by EV Drive. Keep reading →


the daily caller

10 December 2018

Congress Debates Whether More Tax Dollars Will Go Towards Add-Ons for Luxury Electric Cars, By Michael Bastasch

GM and Tesla already hit the 200,000 production mark, and the two companies are part of the EV Drive Coalition, which is also made up of electric vehicle trade associations and environmental groups. The Coalition called federal electric vehicle subsidies “a significant purchase factor for car buyers” and “essential to the continued development of the EV market.” The Coalition also challenged the argument that electric car subsidies primarily benefit the wealthy. “We reject that argument. So does the data,” Trevor Francis, spokesman for the EV Drive Coalition, told The DCNF via email. “The EV tax credit benefits all consumers at all income levels,” Francis said. “EVs are cheaper to keep on the road, also benefiting all income levels.” Keep reading →



6 December 2018

White House Proposal to End EV Tax Credit Comes Under Fire, By Chris Teale

Automakers like Tesla and GM have opposed that legislation, while utilities have written to members of the U.S. House of Representatives arguing the cap must be lifted to encouraged more EV purchases nationwide. That view was echoed in another letter last month led by the EV Drive Coalition. "[Because] of the 200,000-per-manufacturer cap, which some automakers are beginning to reach, consumer choice is constrained, limiting the pool of electric vehicles from which to choose," the letter reads. "Lifting the cap will ensure consumers maintain equal access to purchase the car they want." Keep reading →



30 November 2018

Tesla increases standard battery Model 3 waiting time by a month, By Shankar Narayanan

Tesla frequently updates the delivery and order timeline of Model 3, and the latest update will inevitably result in some heartbreak. The electric car maker expects to make standard battery Model 3 available in four to six months. Keep reading →


The Detroit News

29 November 2018

Opinion: Reforms Needed for Federal EV Tax Credit, By Mike Alaimo, executive director of Clean Fuels Michigan

Clean fuels vehicles aren’t just the future, they’re here now.

In fact, alternative fuels vehicles support almost 300,000 American jobs, including thousands in Michigan. Keep reading →


Times Free Press

29 November 2018

VW Chattanooga an option for electric vehicles, official says, By Mike Pare

Volkswagen is "all in" when it comes to electric vehicles, an auto analyst said Thursday as the carmaker eyes its Chattanooga plant as a production site option.

"Volkswagen is making a big commitment," Michelle Krebs of Autotrader said about the German car company's plans to spend billions of dollars worldwide to assemble a wide range of battery-powered vehicles. Keep reading →


Next-Gen Transportation

28 November 2018

New Coalition Fights for EV Tax Credit Reform, By Betsy Lillian

The EV Drive Coalition, a group with a focused goal to reform the federal electric vehicle (EV) tax credit, recently announced its official launch.

The EV Drive Coalition brings together a diverse group of industry, consumer and environmental stakeholders with a single unifying mission: encourage passage of legislation reforming the federal EV tax credit to ensure that it works better for more consumers for a longer time frame and spurs increased growth of the U.S. EV market. Keep reading →



27 November 2018

Trump threatens to strip GM of a tax credit it's about to lose anyway, By Tom DiChristopher

President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened to strip General Motors of a tax credit that makes its electric vehicles more affordable for car buyers, escalating a dispute with the automaker over its plan to halt production at several American plants.

There's just one problem with the threat: GM is on the verge of losing the tax credit anyhow. Keep reading →



27 November 2018

[VIDEO] GM and Tesla lobby to raise electric vehicles tax credit level

CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports on General Motors and Tesla lobbying to raise the tax credit on electric vehicles and Axios's interview with Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Watch →



27 November 2018

Trump Threatens to End GM Electric-Car Subsidies, Without Saying How, By Ryan Beene and Ari Natter

GM, Tesla Inc. and Nissan Motor Co. formed a coalition earlier this month to lobby to have the purchase subsidy extended. Tesla surpassed 200,000 cumulative EV sales in the U.S. earlier this year, and Bloomberg NEF analysts project that GM will probably exceed that mark this quarter. Keep reading →


MI Tech News

27 November 2018

Auto Coalition Formed To Save Electric Vehicle Tax Credit

Tesla, GM, and Nissan, have joined forces with other players in the electric vehicle space to launch a coalition to reform and recharge the electric vehicle tax credit. Several other well-known companies are part of the coalition including, ABB, ChargePoint, Plug-in America, Proterra, and Volta. Keep reading →


Utility Dive

27 November 2018

Energy storage industry pushes for clarity on tax credit eligibility, By Robert Walton

Earlier this month, Tesla, GM, ChargePoint and other electric vehicle advocacy groups called for Congress to continue federal tax credits supporting emissions-free car sales. Proponents say there is support on both sides of the aisle, but they must also beat back legislation proposed by Senator John Barrasso, R-Wyo., that calls for eliminating the credit altogether. Keep reading →


Inside EVs

19 November 2018

Tesla Joins GM and Nissan in Lobbying to Lift the Cap on the Federal EV Tax Credit

The $7,500 federal EV tax credit is probably not the most efficient way to encourage EV adoption – it mainly benefits higher-income taxpayers, and it doesn’t provide any incentive for auto dealers to get interested in selling plug-in vehicles. However, it’s better than no incentive at all, and there’s little doubt that it has encouraged a substantial number of EV purchases. Keep reading →


Clean technica

19 November 2018

People, It’s Time to Buy An EV!, By Carolyn Fortuna

Currently, electric vehicles (EVs) comprise nearly 2% of the automotive market in the US, and, because so many automakers are now beginning to manufacture EVs, market share growth is occurring. Vehicle electrification policies can contribute at least 1% of cumulative emission reductions to meet a 2-degree target through 2050. What will it take to inspire more people to buy an EV? Keep reading →


Electronics 360

16 November 2018

Tesla, GM and Nissan Among Coalition to Reform Electric Vehicle Tax Credit, By Peter Brown

Automotive OEMs, electric vehicle (EV) charging vendors and clean fuel companies have formed a coalition to encourage legislation that reforms the federal electric vehicle tax credit to spur growth of clean fuel vehicles.

The original EV tax credit, which goes to consumers not manufacturers, helped create awareness as well as grow the EV industry, which is still in its infancy. The EV Drive Coalition is advocating to lift the current tax credit cap on the number of consumers who can take advantage of the credit through each manufacturer. Keep reading →


Car Buzz

16 November 2018

Tesla, GM, and Nissan Have All Teamed Up Against the Government, By Jared Rosenholtz

The three automakers want their EV tax credit back.

If you haven't already placed an order for a Tesla Model 3, you won't be receiving the $7,500 tax credit that has been offered since 2009. The $7,500 tax credit goes away when an automaker sells 200,000 EVs, a mark which Tesla has surpassed and General Motors is also about to hit. Consumers certainly won't be happy about the $7,500 tax credit going away, as it will effectively make EVs more expensive to buy. Keep reading →


Green Optimistic

16 November 2018

EV Producers Working Together for a Greener Future, By Ovidius Sandru

Right now there are two different legislative efforts to change the federal tax credit for electric cars. On the one hand, you have a Republican senator who introduced a new bill to end the $7,500 federal tax credit and instead, tax them even more. On the other hand, another Republican senator proposed a new bill to remove the tax credit cap and expand it to 2022. This has all come at the same time as Tesla hit the 200,000 delivery threshold to initiate the phase-out. Keep reading →


Transport evolved

15 November 2018

You Want Electric Car Incentives to Continue – And So Do These Companies, By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield

Electric car incentives have long-been associated with high electric vehicle adoption rates. The better the incentives and perks, the more people buy electric. Combine great incentives with great charging provision (as seen in Norway) and you’ll find electric car sales can rival that of many internal combustion engined vehicles.

Similarly though, as illustrated by the U.S. state of Georgia in 2015, replacing electric car incentives with taxes (and/or) fees does the exact opposite, causing electric vehicle sales to drop off a cliff. Keep reading →


The driven

15 November 2018

Tesla, Nissan and GM Form Coalition to Lobby to Extend EV Incentives, By Bridie Schmidt

Electric vehicle maker Tesla is forming a coalition with other automakers to lobby the US government to extend the generous tax incentive that has driven the uptake of electric vehicles.

Tesla is being joined by Japanese carmaker Nissan as well as General Motors Co, to create what will be known as the EV Drive Coalition. Keep reading →


Utility Dive

15 November 2018

Tesla, GM, ChargePoint and Other EV Interests Press Congress to Continue Federal Tax Credit, By Robert Walton

A broad coalition of stakeholders have joined to fight for an extension of the federal tax credit on electric vehicles (EV), and officials at the newly-launched EV Drive Coalition say they are "laser focused" on getting this accomplished in the lame duck Congressional session. Keep reading →


Clean Technica

15 November 2018

Tesla, GM, Nissan & Rest of the EV Drive Coalition Push Congress to Rethink the EV Tax Credit, By Carolyn Fortuna

A coalition of electric vehicle (EV) companies that includes Tesla is advocating with the US Congress to expand the EV tax credit, which is already starting to phase out for Tesla.

The EV Drive Coalition, which also has the support of General Motors and Nissan, officially launched Tuesday, November 13, 2018, making visible the positive effects of the $7,500 EV consumer tax credit for the economy and environment. Keep reading →


Green Car Reports

14 November 2018

Tesla, GM, Nissan Band Together to Extend Electric-Car Tax Credits, By Eric C. Evarts

As tax credits for buyers of America's two most popular electric-car brands begin to sunset, automakers and advocates are banding together to restructure the tax-credit program and extend them.

Tesla, General Motors, and Nissan—the top three sellers of electric cars in the U.S.—have banded together with the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and the conservative Christian Coalition to form the EV Drive Coalition to advocate for the restructuring of the plug-in electric vehicle tax credit and extension of the credit limits. Keep reading →

14 November 2018

Tesla, GM & Co. Demand Tax Credit Reform in the USA

In the U.S., a new alliance of well-known e-mobility players called the EV Drive Coalition is campaigning for a reform of tax credit regulations. Current regulations entitle buyers of e-vehicles to up to 7,500 dollars in tax-credits, but limits this number to an upper limit of 200,000 e-vehicles per manufacturer. The EV Drive Coalition is calling for the abolition of this upper limit. Keep reading →


Auto Blog

14 November 2018

Tesla, GM and Nissan Lobby Together to Lift the Cap on EV Tax Credits, By Sven Gustafson

Tesla is joining rivals General Motors and Nissan in a new coalition that has launched in Washington, D.C. to urge Congress to extend federal tax credits meant to encourage sales of electric vehicles.

The EV Drive Coalition says it wants to lift the cap on the number of consumers who can take advantage of the $7,500 electric vehicle tax credit first established by Congress in 2008. Currently, the credits are available only for the first 200,000 electric vehicles sold per manufacturer. The tax credit for that manufacturer is then reduced by half every six months until it disappears. Keep reading →


Hybrid Cars

14 November 2018

GM, Tesla, Nissan Launch Coalition to Lobby for Continued EV Tax Incentives, By Evan Williams

GM, Tesla, and Nissan are teaming up with some other big EV players. The new coalition is targeting getting the federal EV tax credit extended.

The $7,500 per vehicle incentive is a big part of the current successes of mainstream EVs. But the credit starts to wind down as each automaker hits 200,000 EVs sold. Tesla has already hit that mark and GM is expected to hit it soon. Nissan has topped 125,000 sold. Keep reading →


Tech Spot

14 November 2018

Tesla Forms an Unlikely Partnership with GM and Nissan to Preserve EV Tax Incentives, By Cohen Coberly

Although Tesla's electric vehicle tax credits are set to disappear in the coming years due to the company recently surpassing 200,000 EVs sold, it isn't letting the incentives go without a fight. Tesla today formed an unlikely partnership with GM and Nissan to convince Congress to extend the credits as much as possible. Keep reading →



14 November 2018

Tesla, GM and Nissan Want EV Tax Credit Reform, By Suzana Dalul

Electric car sales have never been higher - 2018 was the best year for them in history. This is likely due to government bans of diesel vehicles in various countries across the globe, but also incentives for consumers who buy the environmentally-friendly cars. The EV tax credit in the US is one of those incentives, but Tesla and other organisations are now arguing that it's flawed. Keep reading →



14 November 2018

Tesla, GM and Nissan Will Fight to Maintain EV Tax Credits Together, By Saqib Shah

Tesla, GM and Nissan have teamed up on a new lobbying initiative to extend the $7,500 per vehicle tax credit for EVs. The "EV Drive Coalition" -- which also counts industry giant ABB and non-profit Plug In America as its members -- launched on Tuesday to spur lawmakers into passing reformative legislation that "works better for more consumers for a longer time frame." Keep reading →


Inside EVs

13 November 2018

GM, Tesla, Nissan & Others Form Coalition to Reform EV Tax Credit, By Domenick Yoney

Come together, right now, for EVs.

Getting the various manufacturers of electric vehicles to agree on something has, in the past, been challenging. A single high-speed charging standard springs to mind. Now, though, it seems there has been a joining of hands on the issue of the federal tax credit. Tesla, GM, Nissan, and a number of other companies and organizations have come together to form the EV Drive Coalition in an effort to reform the electric vehicle tax credit program. Keep reading →



13 November 2018

Tesla, GM, Nissan, and others form coalition to reform electric vehicle tax credit, By Fred Lambert

Several automakers, including Tesla, GM, and Nissan, have joined forces with other players in the electric vehicle space to launch a “coalition” with the aim to “reform and recharge” the electric vehicle tax credit.

The situation around the federal tax credit for EVs is weirder than ever right now. Keep reading →


Tech Crunch

13 November 2018

Tesla, GM and Nissan are all part of a new coalition aiming to extend the EV tax credit, By Kirsten Korosec

Tesla, GM and Nissan are among a group of 15 companies that launched a new coalition aimed at reforming the electric vehicle tax credit.

The group, called EV Drive Coalition, brings together a mix of automakers, industry giant ABB, climate change and energy lobbying organizations and EV infrastructure companies, including ChargePoint. Keep reading →


Politico Morning Transportation

13 November 2018

A Last Shot for Republicans to Kill the EV Tax Credit?, By Sam Mintz

LAST CHANCE TO TAKE ON THE EV TAX CREDIT: Debate over how to handle the electric vehicle tax credit might find a foothold on Capitol Hill during the lame-duck session, with dueling Republican bills having been introduced over the last few months and a new coalition launching today to tackle the issue. Keep reading →



13 November 2018 

Tesla and GM Push New EV Tax Credit, By Ben Geman

Several automakers are joining with electric vehicle charging companies and others in a new coalition urging Congress to expand availability of $7,500 consumer tax credits for buying EVs.

Why it matters: Rollout of the EV Drive Coalition comes as Tesla, GM and Nissan — who are all members — have hit or are approaching the cap of 200,000 vehicles per manufacturer before the credit drops in value and then phases out. Keep reading



12 November 2018

Tesla Joins GM, Nissan to Press for Extended Electric Car Credit, By Ari Natter

Tesla Inc. and other automakers that are set to lose access to a lucrative tax credit for electric vehicles are teaming in a new lobbying drive to have the federal incentive extended.

The EV Drive Coalition, which also includes General Motors Co. and the Nissan Motor Co., formally launches Tuesday with the goal of getting Congress to extend the $7,500 per-vehicle consumer tax credit. Keep reading