Last month, State Senator Darren Soto and Representative John Cortes introduced legislation — Senate Bill 864 & House Bill 905 — that would exempt electric and hydrogen vehicles from Florida sales & use tax. These bills, if passed, will change things possibly as early as July of this year.
That is, if these bills pass and Governor Rick Scott signs them into law.
Florida legislators need to hear from you. Sharing your views in favor of electric vehicle incentives can make the difference. President Michael Thwaite of Plug In America emphasizes that, “We need you to let them know that the public supports electric vehicles.” Michael Thwaite expresses for many of us a dire and critical situation:
Our prevalence for gasoline automobiles raises environmental concerns, creates a dependence on oil largely imported from foreign nations and exposes consumers to volatile fuel prices. By making it easier to purchase electric vehicles in the Sunshine State, Florida’s leaders will go a long way towards conserving our precious natural resources, cutting taxes and ensuring our energy independence.
Please join Plug In America by calling for the Florida Legislature to pass these bills and support state incentives for electric vehicles. Please take a moment to sign the petition and contact your state legislators expressing your support.
CleanTechnica has followed and tries to make sense of the confusion in Florida when it comes to energy of various sorts. It is a state that is trying to peek out of another era into present time. “Making EVs more easily affordable and slowing the need for dirty fuel is a good idea, from so many angles. As it is, Florida is an automobile-heavy state with no strong mass transit. The Sunshine State needs EVs in order to deal with massive pollution and, thus, public health problems.”
Many of us in Florida would happily give up any auto and rely on mass transit… if it was offered in reliable and convenient ways. But that’s a big dream. As it is, this electric vehicle focus is a good second best to improved mass transit. Joining the EV revolution would go a long ways toward creating cleaner air and cleaner water in The Sunshine State.
Another area in Florida that needs attention and improvement is energy (solar incentives and regulations). The good news is that we’re seeing liberals and Tea Partiers come together in support of solar in Florida.
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