- Ms. Cayman Takes Home a Wheego
- Georgia’s EV Tax Credit in Jeopardy
- Washington State Lawmakers Push EV Ownership With Bevy of Bills
- Hilton Head, SC Implements Progressive EV Charging Requirements
Ms. Cayman Takes Home a Wheego
John Felder of Cayman Automotive arranged for the newly-crowned Ms. Cayman to drive a Wheego LiFe for a year. View the TV coverage here
. Congratulations to Tonie Chisholm!
Georgia’s EV Tax Credit in Jeopardy
Georgia has become one of the top-selling states for electric vehicles, thanks in large part to a $5000 state tax credit. Some Georgia lawmakers are now trying to end the credit, and add a $200 annual fee for EV owners. Visit the EV Club of the South
to learn how you can voice your support for HB220, a compromise aimed at a gradual decrease of the tax credit.
Washington State Lawmakers Push EV Ownership With Bevy of Bills
Washington, on the other hand, is moving in the other direction, with proposals to make driving electric cars more convenient. Bills in the House and Senate as part of Governor Inslee’s anti-pollution agenda would create a statewide electric vehicle infrastructure bank to fund new charging stations, using money set aside from state coffers.
Since electric car drivers don’t pay gas taxes, money to build the charging stations and pay electric-car drivers’ share of road maintenance would come from a $100 annual fee for electric-car registration, along with a change to the cars’ sales tax exemption, which is set to expire July 1.
A new bill would renew the sales tax exemption until 2021 for the first $45,000 of an electric car’s purchase price.
Also under consideration are bills to implement Inslee’s plan to require cities in King, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston counties to allow charging stations in nearly all land zoning categories, including residential, and to create incentive programs to reward builders for adding car-charging stations to their projects.
Read Derrick Nunnally’s article in the Peninsula Daily News
Hilton Head, SC Implements Progressive EV Charging Requirements
Excerpted from an article by Zac Murdock for The State.
Hilton Head Island is plugging in to the future of clean energy with a new requirement that will add an electric car charging station at every new development that sprouts up on the island in the coming years. The new rule is designed to put the island at the leading edge of the still blossoming electric car industry and was an obvious step forward with the town's growing focus on preserving the environment, town planners said.
"We keep talking about being progressive, being sustainable and being green," land-management ordinance official Teri Lewis said. "Well, what about requiring an electrical car charging station?"
Under the town's new land management rules, which were revised and approved in October, every new multifamily and nonresidential development built on the island will be required to construct at least one electric vehicle charging station within 100 feet of the building's primary entrance, according to the rules.
The new stipulation is so progressive, in fact, that it's likely the first of its kind in the Palmetto State, according to the South Carolina Municipal Association. Read the full article here