U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, has introduced a bill that aims to increase the use of electric vehicles across the country.
HR 1742 would allow state and local governments, and private companies, to apply for federal aid to increase the use of electric vehicles. The bill would authorize the Secretary of Energy to establish a program for plug-in electric vehicles in regions across the country. State and local governments would be able to apply for federal assistance in promoting wider use of plug-in electric vehicles.
In addition to state and local governments, electric utilities, automobile manufacturers, technology providers and car-sharing companies can also apply for assistance, together or in groups.
"The U.S. can address its dependence on oil and become a global leader of technology to electrify the transportation sector if we enact policies that encourage collaboration and development of innovative technologies," Eshoo said.
"The president has spoken at length about using private-public partnerships to overcome the obstacles we face," Eshoo said. "My legislation will encourage the government to work with private entities to facilitate the integration of electric cars in our country."