Monday, September 05, 2005

Plug in hybrids are starting to get some legislative traction. An amendment to the energy bill signed on August 8, 2005, requested by Senator Barack Obama will provide $40 million in federal research grants over the next 5 years to develop plug in hybrids/flexible fuel vehicles.

In Pennsylvania, State Rep. Mark Cohen has proposed three pieces of legislation to spur the development and use of plug-in electric hybrids in the Pennsylvania, exempting sales tax on the conversion of existing hybrids to plug-in hybrids, establishing a state task force to examine how this technology can be promoted, and a resolution asking car makers with plants in the U.S. to market plug-in hybrids here.


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