Vice President Biden announces country initiative for electric vehicles

February 8, 2011 12:00 AM

Expanding upon President Obama's clean energy initiatives mentioned during his 2011 State of the Union address, Vice President Joe Biden has announced plans to have 1 million electric vehicles (EV) on America's roads within the next four years, reports the International Business Times.

In addition to increasing the budget for green automotive development and research by 90 percent, Vice President Biden said that tax incentives would be enhanced for people who buy EVs.

"We're not just creating new green jobs but sparking whole new industries that will ensure our competitiveness for decades to come - industries like electric vehicle manufacturing," said the vice president.

To help generate interest in purchasing EVs, the Department of Education is planning a program to aid communities become more aware of the benefits these cars have. Approximately 30 towns or cities will get $10 million in aid after they showcase excellent reforms plans that will use the money for increasing EV presence on the roads.

In order to get the ball rolling, the General Services Administration will buy 100 plug-in vehicles and 40,000 "alternative-fueled and fuel-efficient vehicles" to replace gas guzzlers currently used at federal agencies.

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