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Electric Vehicle and Infrastructure Legislation Introduced in Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) introduced comprehensive legislation on Jan. 8 to support and advance the development, production, and distribution of electric vehicles and electric infrastructure across the United States.

The USA Electrify Forward Act is a comprehensive bill that accelerates US development, production, manufacturing, and distribution of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. The bill makes critical investments in areas that will boost consumer confidence, make charging stations more accessible, and lower costs for manufacturers and consumers.

Dingell said, “Investing in electric vehicles and charging infrastructure is also pivotal to the United States rapidly transitioning to a clean, net zero emissions economy.”

She added, “The USA Electrify Forward Act makes critical investments in manufacturing and infrastructure to lower costs for consumers and producers. Americans have a growing interested in electric vehicles, but we must take steps now to inspire greater consumer confidence and ensure American Made electric vehicles are the greatest in the world. We also want to ensure that Michigan remains the global center of the auto industry.”

The USA Electrify Forward Act:

  • Accelerates domestic manufacturing of batteries, power electronics, and other technologies in plug-in vehicles to make electric cars more efficient and match consumer expectations.
  • Updates residential and commercial building codes to encourage the installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure so consumers can charge EVs at home and work.
  • Modifies and reauthorizes the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Incentive Program, grant and loan program at the Department of Energy, beginning in fiscal years 2021 through 2030.
  • Requires states to consider new measures to encourage deployment of electric vehicle charging stations.

The text of the USA Electrify Forward Act is available here.

The 100% Clean Economy Act of 2019 directs federal agencies to use all existing authorities to put the United States on a path toward meeting the achievable 100 percent clean economy goal while remaining technology-neutral.

Dingell also leads the House bill to establish a National Climate Bank to publicly finance and stimulate private investment in clean, renewable energy and emissions reduction projects. The National Climate Bank will use public capital to stimulate private investment in a range of projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate the nation’s clean economy transition across many sectors.

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