Smith Electric Vehicles Goes to Washington

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Smith Electric Vehicles made its much heralded first U.S. Smith Newton electric vehicle deliveries to lucky Coca Cola and PG&E today.

But it delivered them on The Mall in hopes of snagging some attention from lawmakers on the Hill. In this debut it was following the example of Plug-In America that got some great EV legislation passed by publicizing to the Senate just what electric vehicles can do for America.

No such luck for them today, but, if it hadn’t been for Plug-In America and its ubiquitous white converted Prius with the 100+miles per gallon sign trolling the Mall in previous years, Smith Electric Vehicles might not be delivering its gigantic electric delivery trucks in the U.S. today.

The electric vehicle subsidies that passed as a result is what paved the way for EV companies like Smith to come to America and bring us electric delivery trucks like they have in the developed world.

The resistance to passing green legislation in Washington comes from the Republican side of the Senate.

Yet Smith managed to get a Republican to not just announce today’s electric vehicle delivery but to actually reference global warming without sniggering:

“Smith Electric Vehicles U.S. is responding to America’s challenge in the battle to wean itself from foreign oil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions” said Senator Kit Bond of Missouri, who has a long Republican record of voting against all the renewable energy and climate change prevention bills that encourage sensible solutions like electric vehicles.

“I am particularly proud of the role my home state of Missouri is playing in this vision for a clean energy future.”

Susan Kraemer

writes at CleanTechnica, CSP-Today, PV-Insider , SmartGridUpdate, and GreenProphet. She has also been published at Ecoseed, NRDC OnEarth, MatterNetwork, Celsius, EnergyNow, and Scientific American. As a former serial entrepreneur in product design, Susan brings an innovator's perspective on inventing a carbon-constrained civilization: If necessity is the mother of invention, solving climate change is the mother of all necessities! As a lover of history and sci-fi, she enjoys chronicling the strange future we are creating in these interesting times.    Follow Susan on Twitter @dotcommodity.