Consider it a choice to help vs. a choice to do nothing…
Jack Chen - CleanMPG
- Aug 28, 2012
2012 Toyota Prius PHEV-11 – $32,000 to start, 11-miles all-electric range on the plug and a 50- mpgUS combined figure on gasoline. A limited $2,500 tax credit is available because the pack is too small?
We believe a new EV/Plug-in vehicle sales is big step forward to resolve national security and global warming issues. However, we still have 99.96% vehicles continue to run on fossil fuel. To replacing those vehicles with new ones may take two decades even we are selling 100% EV/Plug-in vehicles every day and time is not on our side.
It is obvious to us that aftermarket plug-in conversion should be a big piece of the puzzle to solve the problem. However, it hasn't been considered by any major organizations, governments and corporations. The US Federal policy discourages aftermarket plug-in conversion in general with no tax incentives that are provided to new plug-in vehicles ($2,500-$7,500 tax credit). Without the same incentives, the plug-in conversion industry will be put into disadvantage position and can't be formed. In practice, an aftermarket EV/plug-in vehicle will have better environmental effect as a new vehicle and at lower cost, smaller carbon footprint since it reuses most of the parts.
Ironically, without fair competition, OEM will continue to hold the plug-in vehicle / EV price high resulting in limited adoption of plug-in technology in large population. Aftermarket vendors can create a plug-in kit under $3500. We would expect large volume OEMs can do it under $2000 instead of $8000 premium in an entry level OEM Plug-in vehicle with 11 mile EV range.
We need to reach our goal of 25,000 signatures in order to be considered by the officials. Please reach out to your friends and families who deeply care about the environment and national security and have their voice heard!
========== White House Petition ===========
We should support OEM and Aftermarket Plug-in vehicles with the same tax incentives.
While the Federal government should continue providing Qualified Plug-in Electric Drive Motor Vehicles (IRC 30D) tax incentives for new plug-in vehicles, they should extend the same incentives to EV / plug-in conversions. Conversions target 250M existing vehicles on the roads, can save over 40% of fuel use or no fuel at all, have a smaller carbon footprint than new car since they reuse most of the original vehicle, and cost less to buy as an incremental expense making plug-in more affordable.
Supporting Equal Incentives for Conversions will: stimulate jobs to a different workforce segment than new cars, more quickly expand the number of fuel saving vehicles on the road, develop plug-in / EV industry expertise more broadly and quickly across the country and reach 1M plug-ins by 2015.
We ask for your digital signature as support for the above proposition through the following White House Petition