Electric vehicles are far from mainstream, but adoption rates are on the upswing. However, it will likely take more from automakers, and potentially the government, to help EVs really become a viable option for ordinary consumers.
That’s where Plug In America comes into play.
The advocacy group recently descended on Capitol Hill to inform and educate lawmakers on electric vehicles. For many, it was the first time they had driven one. The day was hosted by Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) and he was joined by Senators Heller (R-NV), Merkley (D-OR), and Whitehouse (D-RI).
Automakers tossed in their full support for the event, including Chevrolet. Portman himself climbed behind the wheel of a brand new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV.
The brand said it was delighted to appear with Plug In America to participate and “provide EV education and talk about consumer-facing programs and policies that encourage EV adoption.”
The group’s main purpose is to advocate for EV-friendly policies and to help ease ownership for potential buyers. Specifically, Plug In America is working to ensure the $7,500 federal tax credit does not disappear anytime soon. It’s also advocating for the reinstatement of the charging station tax credit, which expired this past December.
It’s a tough task as consumers flock to large crossovers and pickup trucks amid low gas prices, but Plug In America stands by its work. With additional support, it hopes it can bring its educational sessions to wider audiences across the United States.