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USA: Senate passes bill to allow for EV charging at Capitol

Washington — The Senate approved a bill late Thursday to allow for electric vehicle charging stations at the Capitol — 18 months after Michigan’s Carl Levin first mounted an effort to get them installed.

Levin, D-Detroit, has been fighting since October 2010 to get them installed at the Capitol — and the issue has been a source of frustration. In February 2011, he said he would introduce legislation to allow for the charging stations — emphasizing that they would not cost taxpayers any money on a net basis — after the Architect of the Capitol said Levin needed legislation.

“The federal government is wisely encouraging Americans and auto manufacturers to embrace the next generation of auto technology. I think we should lead by example,” Levin said in 2011. “That’s why I plan to introduce legislation next week that would help establish charging stations, at no cost to the federal government, to serve advanced electric vehicles in the Capitol complex.”


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