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House advances Ingwersen's bill to support efficient transportation

Measure would provide a tax rebate for qualifying electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles

May 21, 2019

AUGUSTA - The Maine House of Representatives voted today on a bill that would provide a tax rebate for purchases of qualifying electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

"Electric vehicles put more money in Mainers' pockets and into our local economy," said Ingwersen. Rather than sending money to costly, foreign fuel companies, EVs enable Mainers to invest more money into small businesses and Maine communities.

The bill, LD 614, establishes an electric vehicle rebate program. A person who purchases or leases either a battery electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle would be able to apply for a direct rebate if they meet certain eligibility criteria. The rebate program, which would be administered by the Efficiency Maine Trust, applies to both used and new vehicle purchases.

The transportation sector accounts for 52% of Maines greenhouse gas emissions. According to the American Alliance of Automotive Manufacturers, electric vehicles make up just .03% of the total vehicles that are registered in our state, said Ingwersen. Our electric vehicle percentage is the lowest in New England, and Maine must take significant steps in order to catch up to our regional neighbors. Its time for Maine to reward consumers for making purchases that benefit our environment.

The bill received bipartisan support in the Legislatures Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee. The final House vote was 85-58 in support of the bill. The bill now goes on to further votes in the Legislature.

Ingwersen is serving his first term in the Maine House. He represents Arundel, Dayton and part of the town of Lyman.

Contact:

Katie Walsh [Ingwersen], 287-1436, c. 776-2122