Electric Motorcycles may actually get some respect from Capitol Hill

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A subtle addition in wording may result in electric motorcycles (2 and 3 wheeled vehicles) getting some much-needed financial attention from Congress.  H.R. 3246, also known as the Advanced Vehicle Technology Act of 2009, was passed by our House of Representatives on September 16.  The language that was added in the final days before passage came under the “Industry Participation” section of the Act and appear, below, in bold

(c) Industry Participation- To the maximum extent practicable, activities under this Act shall be carried out in partnership or collaboration with automotive manufacturers, heavy commercial and transit vehicle manufacturers, qualified plug-in electric vehicle manufacturers, vehicle and engine equipment and component manufacturers, manufacturing equipment manufacturers, advanced vehicle service providers, fuel producers and energy suppliers, electric utilities, universities, national laboratories, and independent research laboratories. In carrying out this Act the Secretary shall–:

The reason those words bring 2 and 3 wheeled vehicles into the fold is because they mirror the language from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), Section 1142 of which resulted in the 10 percent federal tax credit that applies to purchases of electric motorcycles such as the Brammo Enertia.

The Advanced Vehicle Technology Act states that its purpose is “to provide for a program of research, development, demonstration and commercial application in vehicle technologies at the Department of Energy[.]”  The significance of the amendment is that this represents the first time that the 2 and 3 wheeled vehicle industry may directly benefit from federal Department of Energy funding dollars.

After the bill was passed by the House of Representatives, it was sent to the Senate for its consideration.  More information on the bill, including tracking alerts, can be found here.

UPDATE:

Here’s the official announcement from Brammo:

The United States House of Representatives has unanimously passed an amendment giving two-wheel electric vehicles manufacturers access to Department of Energy funding for further development of electric vehicles.

The amendment was included in HR 3246, the Advanced Vehicle Technology Act and passed the House on September 16, 2009, 312-114.

For the EV industry this will allow, for the first time, two wheel vehicles to benefit from federal Department of Energy funding.

Brammo applauds the House for including two-wheel vehicles in this amendment, and encourages the Senate to follow suit.

“It’s gratifying to see the House of Representatives recognize the tremendous potential of the two-wheel electric vehicle industry and their recent move to better equalize federal government support between electric motorcycles and cars,” said Craig Bramscher, BRAMMO founder and CEO.  “Brammo appreciates the efforts of U.S. Representative Patrick J. Kennedy and the rest of the House to gain passage of this important amendment and we look forward to continuing our work with our industry coalition partners, Plug IN America (www.pluginamerica.org), who was also instrumental in getting this legislation passed.”

Brammo encourages voters to take a moment to tell their United States Senator’s to support and pass this measure when it comes up to vote. A complete list of Senators and their contact information can be found here.

So this is a big deal for Brammo and appears to have been in the works for a while.  But bills don’t become laws all by themselves, so, if you’re an EV fan, or more specifically, an electric motorcycle fan, or even more specifically, a Brammo fan, call your Senator today and tell them to pass this law.

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