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If you're a resident of California thinking of purchasing an electric vehicle, then you'd better not be banking on receiving a rebate check from the state. That's because the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has sort of announced that its rebates for zero-emissions vehicles no longer exist.

Back in March of 2010, CARB launched the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP). With $11.1 million dollars in initial funding, we all knew that the CVRP would eventually run out of cash. That's precisely why CARB stated that CVRP funds are limited and would be given out first-come, first-served.

It now looks like CVRP funds are depleted. As of today, the status of the CVRP is as follows:
  • CVRP currently pending: $186,500
  • CVRP waiting list: $97,300
  • CVRP currently reserved: $3,296,200
  • CVRP rebates issued: $6,992,250
  • CVRP remaining funds: $ 0.00
Next fiscal year, CARB hopes to reignite the CVRP by dumping $17 million in the program and decreasing the maximum individual rebate amount to $2,500, which should allow for at least 6,000 rebates to be distributed.




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[Source: Earth Techling]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Electric vehicles are everything the greenies claim they are not, when one takes into account the resource extraction, coal, etc to build and operate one of these. Wishful thinking and hyperbole based on feel goodism. Classic failed liberalism. Hey, I have an idea...why doesn't the state go to Ed Harris, Arnold Schwartzenneger, Al Gore and other notable California "Watermelons" (green on the outside, red inside) and ask them to pay for the rebates out of their own pockets!
      • 4 Years Ago
      How about they just save the rebate money altogether and pass a law that requries everybody to buy an electric vehicle? If it's good enough for health care insurance, it should be good enough for healthy clean air. Right? How could anybody object to it, as it would save money for the state which is woefully short of cash to support it wonderfulness.
      Spec
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah, we all knew this would run out real fast and it did. And since California is broke, I doubt we'll see the program refunded. And in related news, the California Solar incentive program is pretty much done too. It is not out of money but the reimbursement levels are now so low that they they don't have a material affect on whether to install a system or not. Fortunately, the Federal tax-credits still exist for both EVs and solar . . . that is where the much bigger money is.
        Dave R
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Spec
        Actually, the program is nearly guaranteed to be funded again - and with about double the funds through the ARB. The rebate about will be cut in half from $5,000 to $2,500. California has a lot of areas with very poor air quality even with the stringent emissions standards - Encouraging EV adoption will go towards improving air quality which will in turn reduce health care costs. You'd be amazed how much money is spent or lost due to air quality related health issues. The solar incentive program has done it's job - CA has nearly 1 GW of PV installed and leads the country - and the remaining funds will go towards installing a lot more PV. The current rebate amount is currently $1.10/watt in SCE territory and $0.35/watt in PGE/CCSE territory. That amounts to appx a 5-15% rebate off the retail amount. The cost of PV has come down nicely along with the size of the rebate avoiding any significant booms or busts in the industry. I would consider it to be highly successful and should be modeled elsewhere.
          The Libertarian
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Dave R
          >>> You'd be amazed how much money is spent or lost due to air quality related health issues. Go ahead, amaze me. I'm so sick of these fictitious statistics propping up greeny socialism. When was the last time you heard ANYONE, let alone a statistically significant portion of the labor force say "I can't go to work today, the air isn't good enough." The health nazis are out of control. Now Obama is threatening to ban Tony the Tiger for his crimes against American children. My God, 2012 can't come fast enough.
      Michael Walsh
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like a smashing success to me! And it really appears to be a program that has worked well, thanks to diligent work from the folks at the CCSE.
      • 3 Years Ago
      There are numerous companies who will lease their solar panels to you with no money out of your pocket. They will install and maintain them and charge you a lot less than you are now paying to your electrical company for your electricity. If you just buy them outright, the break even point is now 6 to 8 years where they will have paid for themselves. After that you will then put the money you were paying to the electrical company into your own pocket. If you have enough panels to make more electricity than you use, your electrical company is now required to pay you for that excess electricity, which results in more money in your pocket. If you have a commercial business, your electrical rate is much higher than the residential rate, your break even point is much shorter than a residential break even point, and you put even more money back into your pocket in a much shorter time period. To me, it's a no brainer. If you have an EV car, like I do, your solar panels will charge it's batteries for even more savings. EV cars are very economical to operate. No oil changes, no oil filter or air filter changes, no transmission fluid changes, no catalytic converter or muffler replacements, no gasoline to buy, and due to regenerative braking, brakes last a lot longer before they need to be replaced. Over a period of 8 years, I will have saved a substantial sum of money. By the way, the batteries on my Leaf are warranted for 8 years or 100,000 miles. Technology is improving so fast I believe that the price of batteries will drop substantially by then and provide even greater distances per charge as well. I bought my Leaf last April. I still have a gasoline powered car for trips longer than 100 miles but I find that more than 95% of my driving is done with my Leaf. I know that I made a great investment in my Leaf and that would be true even if I didn't get a rebate. It's a fun car to drive too. When one takes into account the resource extraction, coal, etc to build one of these cars, it is about the same as a gas burning car. So, that's a push. The real savings and environmental benefits begin when you start to operate your EV. The writing is on the wall. The cost of gasoline and oil is not going down. The cost of electricity from coal and oil powered electrical plants are not going down. The oil companies want the XL pipeline to go to the gulf refineries because they can oil tankers to ship the refined products to other foreign countries where the price is higher than they can get here in the U.S. The number of U.S. jobs for renewable energy is increasing tremendously faster than the number of jobs for oil, coal and gas in the U.S. and as we increase renewable energy, that divide will become even greater. But because of the International Oil Corporations and their lobbyists, that transition will take a lot longer than it should.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Socialism....eventually you run out of other people's money. And Remy....you didn't loose 2500.00 dollars....your neighbors gained it by not having to give it to you.
      • 4 Years Ago
      >>>Go ahead, amaze me. @The Libertarian, There is substantial epidemiological data that increased air pollution leads (24-72 hours later) to increased hospital admissions for cardiovascular events. For example, Curr Atheroscler Rep. 2010 Sep;12(5):291-300. Circulation. 2010;121:2755-2765. I don't have figures for the cost of hospital admissions and deaths associated with spikes in air pollution, but they are real. I happen to be mostly libertarian in outlook and opposed to government intervention to promote questionable technologies that the market does not support (life cycle pollution of electric cars is the same as or higher than gasoline,the location of the pollution burden is just shifted). But don't let yourself be ignorant of the actual data.
      • 4 Years Ago
      California is running out of CASH to pay it's Employees. This is the least of the problems in California.
      hodad66
      • 4 Years Ago
      now they have to pay the same as the rest of us.... too bad.... ;-( all that from a bankrupt state.... one wonders why?
      The Libertarian
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why do people need to be bribed into buying these vehicles? Why are your neighbors being forced to pay for your car?
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is a big bummer for people like me who are already disappointed with the late delivery of the Leaf. I reserved on 4/20/2010, and placed order a few months later, on the first day I could. Despite being in Berkeley, CA, I'm not receiving my silver Leaf until next week. Thanks NIssan, I just lost at least $2500.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Parasite.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Perhaps the taxpayers of Berkeley should write you a check since they are more directly benefiting from your environmental goodness. I'm sure that your neighbors will be more than happy to take some money out of their pockets and place in your hand. It's only fair.
      • 4 Years Ago
      OK, folks need to quit pulling those numbers out of the air about how much better F350's are vs Volts/Leafs/Prius'....Here are the costs to charge a car vs Petroleum based autos...as Published from Scientific-American (btw, these numbers are based on $3 p/gal gas.. so the %s are even greater now at $4 p/gal....) When you compare battery to gasoline power, electricity wins hands down. A 2007 study by the non-profit Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) calculated that powering a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) would cost the equivalent of roughly 75 cents per gallon of gasoline—a price not seen at the pump for 30 years. The calculation was made using an average cost of electricity of 8.5 cents per kilowatt hour and the estimated distance the car would travel on one charge, versus a car that gets 25 miles per gallon and is powered by $3 per gallon gasoline. Change any of those variables and the relative costs change.
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