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Like a zombie from the grave, the husk of President Biden’s Build Back Better legislation is on the table again thanks to an abrupt about face from Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV).

The bill, which is now being called the Inflation Reduction Act, has yet to be codified into law and still has to clear several political hurdles, but getting Manchin was by far the biggest.

If the act passes, it would include numerous changes to the electric vehicle buying rebate system, which will impact which EVs and which buyers are eligible for the cashback. There’s a lot to unpack here (the full draft of the bill can be read here[PDF]), but here are the biggest takeaways:

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Solid state batteries (SSBs) have been touted as the future of energy storage–especially in the EV sector–for what feels like time eternal. Switching from a liquid electrolyte to a solid should allow for faster charging, longer ranges, better safety, and better battery life.

A new study from Transport and Environment (T&E), a European NGO that advocates for cleaner transport, suggests that solid state batteries may have environmental upside.

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