Summary: H.R.1538 — 102nd Congress (1991-1992)All Information (Except Text)

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Reported to House amended, Part I (09/24/1991)

National Electric Vehicle Act of 1991 - Title I: Electric Vehicle and Battery Research and Development Program - Defines "advanced battery technology" to mean electro-chemical storage devices, including fuel cells, and associated technology necessary to charge such devices, for use as a power source in electric vehicles.

Directs the Secretary of Energy to establish a cooperative program with the electric utility industry, the automobile industry, and other appropriate persons or industries to conduct joint cooperative research and development projects in areas of: (1) high efficiency electric power trains; (2) light-weight body structures; (3) advanced battery technology for electric vehicles; (4) primary batteries and fuel cells for hybrid vehicles; and (5) photovoltaics for electric vehicles. Authorizes the Secretary to include in such program any projects that were entered into under the Federal Nonnuclear Energy Research and Development Act of 1974 or the Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Research, Development, and Demonstration Act of 1976.

Requires the Secretary to prepare a comprehensive multi-year program plan for implementation of this title.

Requires the Secretary to conduct a program designed to accelerate wider application of advanced electric vehicle technology, including advanced battery technologies.

Directs the Secretary to report to the Congress on methods for encouraging the purchase and use of electric vehicles.

Requires the Secretary to consult with the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Secretary of Transportation.

Authorizes appropriations.

Title II: Electric Vehicle Commercial Demonstration Program - Subtitle A: Electric Vehicle Cost-Share Commercial Demonstrations - Requires the Secretary to request proposals to demonstrate electric vehicles and associated equipment in one or more eligible metropolitan areas. Sets forth specified information to be included in such proposal. Authorizes the Secretary to select one or more proposals (not to exceed ten) to receive financial assistance. Sets forth criteria to be used by the Secretary in selecting a proposal. Requires the Secretary to provide a discount payment reimbursing a proposer for a discount provided to users of electric vehicles if the proposer makes a specified certification to the Secretary.

Requires the Secretary to report annually to the Congress on the progress of demonstration projects to accelerate the development and use of electric vehicles.

Authorizes appropriations.

Subtitle B: Data Acquisition Program - Directs the Secretary to establish a data collection program to be conducted in at least five geographically and climatically diverse regions in the United States which would be useful to persons seeking to manufacture, sell, own, or operate electric vehicles or other clean alternative fuel vehicles.

Subtitle C: Federal Fleet Demonstration Program - Amends the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to add electric vehicles to the list of passenger automobiles and light duty trucks of which the Secretary is to maximize Federal Government use.

Authorizes appropriations.

Title III: Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Development Program - Subtitle A: Infrastructure Joint Venture Program - Directs the Secretary to enter into joint ventures with one or more non-Federal persons for cost-shared research, development, or demonstration of an infrastructure program or system designed to support the use of electric vehicles. Requires the Secretary to solicit no more than five different proposals for such joint ventures.

Authorizes appropriations.

Subtitle B: State and Local Incentives Programs - Directs the Secretary to issue regulations establishing guidelines for comprehensive State electric vehicle and other clean alternative fuel vehicle incentives and implementation plans designed to accelerate the use of such vehicles. Sets forth specified requirements with respect to such State plans.

Authorizes the Secretary to provide Federal assistance to such States.

Requires the Secretary to undertake a study to determine the means by which electric utilities may invest in, own, sell, lease, or service batteries used to power electric vehicles.

Authorizes appropriations.