US Senate, House bills aim to kill $7,500 EV tax credit

Lawmakers opposed to tax credits for electric vehicles are again trying to eliminate federal subsidies for buyers of alternative-power vehicles and force them to contribute more for highway infrastructure.

Bills filed Wednesday in the U.S. House and Senate to terminate the $7,500 EV tax credit have little chance of passing, especially in a Democratic-controlled House, but renew a debate about the state of the EV market and government’s role in shifting demand to cleaner forms of transportation.

The tax credit is designed to defray the cost of EVs that are more expensive than similarly sized traditional vehicles. Opponents say the program disproportionately helps wealthy car buyers.