When it comes to cleaning up the air and raising the bar on emissions, California usually leads the nation by example. Even with stringent CARB guidelines, a hydrogen highway that's far from complete and other emissions-reducing measures in place, California is still riddled with smoggy air. The state now hopes that its nation-leading electric vehicle (EV) initiatives will pierce a hole through the haze. California's plans for electrification are intensive, with long-term goals laid out well in advance. Here's an overview of what's in the works:
- By 2012, the state will subsidize the installation of more than 5,000 charging stations.
- Strong incentives should help the state reach its goal of 7,500 EVs and 25,000 plug-in hybrids on the road by 2014.
- Long-term projections peg the numbers at 60,000 EVs and 85,000 plug-in hybrids on California roads by 2017.
- The state offers a $3,000 to $5,000 rebate to buyers of low-emission vehicles, on top of the $7,500 federal rebate.
- Businesses receive up to $20,000 in rebates for purchasing a low-emission commercial vehicle.
- From now until 2015, California will invest $200 million a year into low-emission vehicles.
[Source: Wall Street Journal via Green Car Advisor| Image: Cmildotin - C.C. License 2.0]