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English AP

Mr. Harward

Argumentative Essay
Tax Credits and Energy Efficient Cars: Is It Really Worth It?
“Since the beginning of 2009, the federal government has offered tax credits to consumers of plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and fully electric vehicles (EVs)” ( With the U.S. government offering tax credits to consumers of these electrical cars, not only are the consumers of the cars benefiting from the savings of using electricity, especially electricity generated by clean sources such as solar and wind, but the government as well. Electrical cars can help lead to a more renewable-energy dependent nation and world, thus helping the U.S. by focusing on becoming more energy independent and environmentally conscious. The U.S. government should continue to offer tax credits for consumers who purchase and use electrical cars and alternative energy vehicles.

Additionally, as more and more Americans use the tax credit for using vehicles that run on alternative energy, the nation goes through a clean energy revolution and begins to use those energies more instead of fossil fuels and other methods of power. The tax credit could then help the US to have more clean energy and become more environmentally conscious with the increased use of electrical cars and alternative energy vehicles. Besides, these electrical cars perform just as well as other cars.

“The 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year is one of the quickest American four-doors ever built. It drives like a sports car, eager and agile and instantly responsive. But it's also as smoothly effortless as a Rolls-Royce, can carry almost as much stuff as a Chevy Equinox, and is more efficient than a Toyota Prius. Oh, and it'll sashay up to the valet at a luxury hotel like a supermodel working a Paris catwalk. By any measure, the Tesla Model S is a truly remarkable automobile, perhaps the most accomplished all-new luxury car since the original Lexus LS 400. That's why it's our 2013 Car of the Year ( 1).”
Moreover, the winner of the Motor Trend Car of the Year is the Tesla Model S, a fully electric car. According to the description given on the Model S, it sounds as if the car is just as good as anything else that can be bought in the U.S.. This dependency on renewable energy and electrical cars is very important for the U.S., and the tax credits provided incentivize this push for renewable energy. An example of how becoming independent for power and resources has been seen in Nigeria: “Jamodu told State House Correspondents that the country must get the industries working to provide jobs. He said the major challenge facing industries in the country was the provision of stable power supply” ( 1). This example shows that in Nigeria, a major challenge facing industries in the country was a stable power supply. In the U.S., a stable power supply that is of clean energy is of the utmost importance, and using electrical cars and alternative energy vehicles can lead to the greater use of clean energy. The government should continue offering tax credits to consumers of electrical and alternative energy vehicles.

However, some may argue that the idea of tax credits from the government would be bad because the cost of electrical and alternative energy cars is too significant. The cost is too much for most consumers to want to buy the car, and thus the tax credits would go unused. The aforementioned Tesla Model S costs a pretty penny of 58,570$ ( 2), while a Chevrolet Volt costs 31,645$ ( 1). On the other hand, the tax credit and money saved by using alternative energies essentially operate to reimburse the consumer the difference in cost between a conventional car and an electrical car. Tax credits can be used to lower the price, making consumers more willing to buy the car. With the savings from using alternative energies and a tax credit, environmentally friendly cars can be more affordable and inviting to buy and use. These savings are seen from J.D. Power and Associates.

“According to J.D. Power and Associates, a self-described “marketing information services company,” charging an EV adds roughly $18 per month to a user’s electricity bill, while saving them $147 per month at the pump. This translates into a payback period of 6.5 years for an EV and 11 years for a plug-in hybrid, based on today’s prices. However, due to the uncertainty of the price of oil, these numbers could become more attractive in the future” ( 1).
The estimates by J.D. Power and Associates show that using an electrical or alternative energy car can help save money. Using the tax credit and savings from the car, the price of the car is significantly lowered, thus benefiting the consumer.

Furthermore, as the world’s fossil fuels harm the environment, and as clean energy awareness becomes more prevalent, the promotion for alternative energy is seen more and more throughout the world. Many countries are pushing for hybrid and electrical cars to be made, and the U.S. government is one of those. Tax credits from the government to consumers of said cars have lead to an increase in sales throughout the U.S. “Since tax credits were found to have the largest impact on increasing EV purchases, they could play an important role in stabilizing the industry” ( 2). As the U.S. uses the tax credit plan for alternative energy vehicles, America will create and use more of their own clean, renewable energy. This example can then lead to other countries in the world adopting the plan of offering tax credits for consumers who use alternative energy vehicles, and thus help the world to become energy independent like the U.S. As previously demonstrated in Nigeria, this need for stable energy is critical. As other countries begin to see the usage of tax credits for alternative energy vehicles take shape in the U.S., they will be influenced to use that system and then use tax credits for their own country. Providing tax credits for consumers who use alternative energy and hybrid vehicles is a good idea because America can be an example to the rest of the world and then lead to a world with stable, clean energy.

In conclusion, providing tax credits to consumers who buy and use alternative energy or electrical vehicles is a great idea. The tax credit can lead to America becoming a nation that runs on its own energy and does not have to rely on other countries for resources. As America expands its usage of these electrical and hybrid cars, other countries throughout the world will follow by example and the world will then become revolutionized with clean energy and stable power. The government should continue offering tax credits to consumers of electrical and alternative energy vehicles.

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