Business Coalition Wants Lots Of EVs

The Electrification Coalition is composed of a whole lot of companies (many of them big names, like FedEx) who’d like their fleets to go electric. In order to accomplish that, though, they’d like a little help from Uncle Sam–and now the Coalition has announced the release of their Fleet Electrification Roadmap, which includes recommendations for targeted ways the government can help the commercial sector go electric.

Some key recommendations include tax credits for light-duty plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and electric vehicles (EVs) deployed in fleets; tax credits for medium- and heavy-duty PHEVs and EVs; renewable energy bonds for infrastructure; the guarantee of residual value for the first generation of lithium-ion batteries; and Federal fleet electrification, including the Postal Service.

FedEx Electric Truck

image via FedEx

The Electrification Coalition formed in November 2009, and since then, according to Coalition Member Frederick W. Smith, Chairman, President, and CEO of FedEx Corporation, they’ve have made “enormous progress in moving electric vehicles to the forefront of the nation’s energy policy conversation.” The Coalition’s mission is to promote policies and actions that facilitate the deployment of electric vehicles en masse, in order to combat the economic, environmental, and national security threats posed by the country’s dependence on petroleum.

The analysis within the Fleet Roadmap suggests that with targeted, temporary policies in place, fleet adoption of PHEVs and EVs could reach 200,000 vehicles by 2015. The complete document is now available online.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.