Reader response: expanding the electric car tax credit

I agree with letter writer Ann Truax’s call to fight climate change and move away from fossil fuels (“Can we get our summers back?”). The biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions comes from the transportation sector, so government at all levels should do all it can to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles. That’s why I’m concerned that, included in Congress’ reconciliation package, is an incredibly narrow increase in the federal electric vehicle tax credit that would only apply to cars built by unions. Only five cars built by unions – out of 55 electric vehicles on the market – would qualify for this tax credit. Some of the more popular models such as the Tesla Model 3 or the Nissan Leaf would not be eligible. Experts agree that tax incentives are needed for the adoption of electric vehicles in order to make prices comparable to gasoline cars.

As a new and proud owner of an electric vehicle, I can attest to the essential role that tax credits play in facilitating change. Buying a car is a personal choice, and many Americans will be more open to electric vehicles the more choices they have. If there are 55 options versus five, you will get more vehicle owners to make the switch. The tax credit should have only one goal: to put more green cars on the road to help reduce our country’s carbon emissions. If we’re serious about our use of fossil fuels, Congress should rework this proposal to apply to all eligible electric vehicles.

Sarah Wilson, Eugene

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