When you buy a new electric vehicle such as a Chevrolet Volt or Nissan Leaf you are allowed to take a $7,500 federal electric vehicle tax credit on your purchase. If you convert your gas-powered car to an EV, should you be allowed to do the same? A new petition is asking the government to provide that option.

The Obama Administration provides a We The People petition platform on the White House website, where it allows citizens to have some input on the ideas it wants the President to consider. With a goal of reaching 25,000 signatures by September 28th, the “Equal Incentives for Conversions” petition on the site asks that the Qualified Plug-in Electric Drive Motor Vehicles (IRC 30D) tax incentive be available to those EV enthusiasts transforming their vehicles to plug-ins. It was created by Jack Chen of Enginer, Inc., a hybrid/plug-in converter business and states the following:

While the Federal government should continue providing Qualified Plug-in Electric Drive Motor Vehicles (IRC 30D) tax incentives for new plug-in vehicles, they should extend the same incentives to EV / plug-in conversions. Conversions target 250M existing vehicles on the roads, can save over 40% of fuel use or no fuel at all, have a smaller carbon footprint than new car since they reuse most of the original vehicle, and cost less to buy as an incremental expense making plug-in more affordable.

The petition has only 347 signatures as of this writing, but anyone who is in support of a change to the incentives law should attach their signature to the list. You don’t need to be an EV owner or converter, just a supporter.

Currently there are no tax credits available to anyone who does their own aftermarket plug-in conversion, which makes no sense seeing as how that means there would be one less car on the road burning petroleum and producing polluting emissions. I think if the results are the same – that more people end up driving EVs because of the tax incentives – then the credit should be extended to anyone making that leap, not just those purchasing brand new, very expensive plug-in vehicles.

[via Green Car Congress and Autoblog Green]

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