Fixing the Federal EV Tax Credit Flaws: Redesigning the Vehicle Credit Formula

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The federal EV tax credit has a number of flaws, but one of the biggest is the poorly-designed formula that determines the amount of the tax credit available for each BEV and PHEV sold in the US. The formula, which is based on the size of an EV’s battery pack, rewards OEMs (and their buying consumers) for using larger batteries with no consideration to efficiency (EPA range/kWh) and price.

Will California Reach 10% EV Sales Market Share By December 2018?

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California reached an impressive 7.83% EV market share of new vehicle registrations for the month of April 2018. Could California reach 10% by the end of 2018? In short, yes. The new numbers for April are just in from the Alliance of Auto Manufacturers Advanced Technology Sales Dashboard and portend that 2018 could see nearly […]

Huge Flaws in Federal EV Tax Credit Will Hurt US Automakers Beginning in 2020

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The survival of the Federal electric vehicle (EV) tax credit is a good thing for the auto industry and consumers, but several flaws in its design will give EV laggard automakers a significant competitive advantage beginning around 2020. As background, the Federal EV tax credit phases out over 5 quarters beginning the quarter following the […]

Federal EV Tax Credit: Improve It, Don’t Kill It

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The House of Representatives tax plan would end the Federal electric vehicle (EV) tax credit while the Senate version of the tax plan announced on November 9 would keep it intact. It is anyone’s guess what the final version of the tax plan will look like and if the tax credit will be saved or […]

Electric Vehicles Are the Future: So What Are the Implications?

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In my previous post, The Electric Vehicle Question is Now “When?” Rather Than “If?”, I argued that in 2017 it became abundantly clear that battery-powered electric vehicles were the future of transportation. So if the auto and related industries are not arguing about things like hydrogen fuel cell versus battery electric propulsion – what topics and debates […]