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Schumer Bill Would Subsidize Electric Cars, Charging Infrastructure

Patrick Semansky
Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y. speaks to the media last week in Washington. Schumer is proposing a trade-in program to get millions of Americans out of climate-damaging gas vehicles and into electric or hybrid cars over the next decade.

Senator Chuck Schumer has introduced legislation that would subsidize car owners as they transition from gas-powered to all-electric vehicles. Transit advocates say this is just one part of the solution.

The legislation would provide around $3,000 in subsidies for car owners who trade in their gas vehicles. Low-income households would get a $2,000 rebate for new electric vehicles.

“Senator Schumer’s proposal is a good one, [but] it must be paired with investments in mass transit, particularly buses, and by that I really do mean electric buses of course, in our urban and suburban communities, if we’re going to make the impact we want to,” said Nick Sifuentes, executive director of Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a transportation advocacy group for New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.

Schumer’s legislation would also provide $45 billion in grants to develop charging stations in private homes, streets and parking lots.