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An Ohio senator is proposing a bill that would offer up to $3,000 in tax benefits for people who commute to work in an EV. The Electric Vehicle Credit Act was proposed by Senator Sherrod Brown just last week, and it has already been backed and endorsed by the Electric Drive Transportation Association. This act would amount to about $250 per month, which could help justify the added cost of buying an EV. The US government already offers as much as $7,500 in tax credits for buying an EV, and some states like California even kick in another $5,000.
You can view the details of the legislation here. The plan also includes initiatives that reward employers for offering charging stations at workplaces. The plan will work very similarly to current Ohio plans that allow workers to exclude bus passes and parking fees from their taxable income. If the US is serious about getting people to drive electric cars instead of gas-engined models, it needs to give consumers an incentive. Tesla models are very expensive, but could become (somewhat) more affordable if $250 per month was being covered. Some EVs, like the Nissan Leaf, can be leased for less than $200 per month, so they would basically be free to drive. We like the Senator's plan, and would like to see it around the US.