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A little EV stuff for your perusal

Wednesday, Oct 27, 2021

* ABATE Illinois brought the Zero SR/S motorcycle to the Statehouse yesterday and parked it next to the R1T, which was brought to town by the Rivian folks…

* The Batman was looking good…

More pics here.

…Adding… A young Batinick…

* ABATE is trying to get language on electric motorcycles into the Reimagining Electric Vehicles in Illinois Act. From a press release…

The newly introduced act continues to share the exact same language that was contained in the Illinois Energy Transition Act which excludes motorcycles from Illinois’ plans to electrify the transportation grid.

We were especially disappointed to see this language continue to be used after Governor Pritzker’s press conference at heartland college last Thursday. When the Governor was asked about the exclusion of motorcycles from the Illinois Energy Transition Act and of the potential of being excluded from this Act as well, the Governor stated “There’s no intentionality to exclude”.

ABATE of Illinois is calling on Governor Pritzker to stand behind those comments and work with ABATE to remove this exclusionary language from both the Reimagining Electric Vehicles in Illinois Act & the recently passed Energy Transition Act.

Simply put, if the goal of this legislation is to encourage the manufacturing and adoption of electric transportation in Illinois, it must include all transportation in Illinois, not just certain sectors. Many Illinoisans use motorcycles as their primary mode of transportation, racking up thousands more miles on two wheels vs four wheels. For the last few weeks a beta of Illinois members have been posting pictures online with the hashtag #motorcyclesareprimary to bring awareness to this fact.

ABATE encourages members of the General Assembly and the Governor’s staff to work together on making the future of transportation equal to all modes of transportation.

* Chandra Brown and Brad Henderson writing in Crain’s

The nation needs to know that Rivian’s first electric truck is being made not in Detroit, not in Silicon Valley—but in Normal, Ill.

The nation needs to know that MotorTrend has described that truck, which hits 60 miles per hour in about 3 seconds, as “the most remarkable pickup we’ve ever driven.”

The nation needs to know that Gov. J.B. Pritzker has introduced a sweeping piece of legislation—a set of policies to encourage the burgeoning electric vehicle industry to invest more here.

The nation needs to know that the state has awarded $7.5 million to Normal’s Heartland Community College to launch a program to train electric vehicle technicians, so that Rivian and its suppliers have the skilled labor they need.

And it goes on like that. But, they gotta pass a bill first. And that’s not yet a guarantee.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

12 Comments
  1. - Donnie Elgin - Wednesday, Oct 27, 21 @ 9:12 am:

    Don’t mess with ABATE


  2. - Annonin' - Wednesday, Oct 27, 21 @ 9:25 am:

    Wonder why they are pickin’ on motorcycles….they will be plugged into the same polluting power plants as the cars


  3. - Ok - Wednesday, Oct 27, 21 @ 9:42 am:

    “Exclusionary language” … meaning, we want $4000 per bike.


  4. - JS Mill - Wednesday, Oct 27, 21 @ 10:21 am:

    =Don’t mess with ABATE=

    Oooh, scary.

    To the ABATE demand, they are not wrong.

    A quick pro tip for ABATE. Don’t pander so much to pretenders. Just because a guy shows up in a biker costume does not mean he is one, or that he cares any more or less about your cause. This governor is doing good things for Illinois. Work with him.


  5. - Flyin' Elvis'-Utah Chapter - Wednesday, Oct 27, 21 @ 10:24 am:

    “Don’t mess with ABATE”

    Maybe 20, 30 years ago. The bloom is off that rose.

    However, as an advocate for organ donation I fully support any rider who eschews helmets.


  6. - Flyin' Elvis'-Utah Chapter - Wednesday, Oct 27, 21 @ 10:56 am:

    I HAD that Honda mini bike.

    In-de-struct-able.


  7. - Annonin' - Wednesday, Oct 27, 21 @ 11:28 am:

    we might mention no helmet in either scene, but we dont want to spoil the moment.


  8. - 4 percent - Wednesday, Oct 27, 21 @ 12:45 pm:

    Labor may very well kill this opportunity.

    Organizing 100 percent of zero new jobs is still zero.


  9. - ArchPundit - Wednesday, Oct 27, 21 @ 12:57 pm:

    Can we speed up motorcycle electrification? I would be happy not to hear the riders around me feeling the need to rev their motors in residential areas.


  10. - Lurker - Wednesday, Oct 27, 21 @ 1:07 pm:

    I’ve ridden motorcycles for many, many years. I did an electric one this summer and it worries me a bit. They are super fast and make no noise; dangerous combo


  11. - Cheryl44 - Wednesday, Oct 27, 21 @ 2:15 pm:

    The NTSB requires 4 wheeled electric vehicles to make a sound. I don’t think that’s been expanded to two wheeled vehicles, but I would imagine the Federation for the Blind has its lobbyists working on that.


  12. - danray - Wednesday, Oct 27, 21 @ 6:51 pm:

    Lurker: Same. Took a Zero for a spin and felt invisible. Worrisome for sure.


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