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Proposal for increased EV battery subsidies

Discussion in 'News' started by siry, Jan 31, 2009.

  1. siry

    siry Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
  2. vfx

    vfx Well-Known Member

    Aug 18, 2006
    CA CA
    A great way of approaching it. Less for the naysayers to gripe about.
    The removal of the $2000 cap off the 30 percent Solar rebate has to have made a big difference in Solar orders (though probably offset by a down economy).

    The line "It can also be assumed that over time, technological innovation will bring battery costs down." might be made more absolute since batteries actually are improving by 8% per year (or so it is said).
  3. JRP3

    JRP3 Hyperactive Member

    Aug 20, 2007
    Central New York
    I agree increasing subsidies are important and easier to swallow for the public than higher gas taxes, though we really should be doing both. Carrot and stick sort of thing. Frankly I think a 50 cents a gallon fuel tax is quite reasonable while prices are low but becomes onerous as we approach $3 per gallon. The argument against a sliding gas tax is that gas will automatically move towards the higher price and eliminate the tax, which is probably accurate.
    Since we know the only thing really holding back EV's at this point is high battery prices the easiest way to remedy that is to cut prices through subsidies. It'd be nice if those subsides could be applied to the thousands of us DIY types as well. :cool:
  4. DDB

    DDB Member

    Sep 1, 2006

    You'll probably get a consensus from this board regarding your suggestion, but it seems like selling the idea of subsidies to other groups that may be opposed.

    I tend to like the national defense argument more than the emissions rationale, as most right-wingers may be willing to climb on board at that point. Why not cater to both camps?

    And the tax hike on gassers will have some serious problems when legislators deicde to tax per mile rather than per-gallon (so the conversions pay their dues). Just a thought.

    Otherwise, I don't mind paying a buck more per gallon so long as it isn't going to the Saudis.
  5. stopcrazypp

    stopcrazypp Well-Known Member

    Dec 8, 2007
    I heard there was a proposal to increase the subsidies to $10k. It would make sense to remove the cap though in this situation.
  6. doug

    doug Administrator / Head Moderator

    Nov 28, 2006
    Stanford, California
    Yeah, I read about that a few days ago. Appears, though, that it's tied to vehicle weight instead of battery capacity.

    Green Car Congress: Senate Finance Committee Markup Proposes Doubling PHEVs Eligible for Tax Credits to 500,000 Units


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