In John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath," Tom Joad and his family were drawn to California's Central Valley on hopes for a better future. Now, prospective electric vehicle drivers may be drawn there for a better present – in the form of cash.

San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is ponying up rebates worth $3,000 to buyers of electric vehicles in an effort to help stem the Valley's pollution problem, the CBS affiliate in Fresno, CA, reported. The rebate is available on top of a $2,500 credit from the state of California in addition to the $7,500 federal tax credit. Add it up and an EV buyer can cut his or her out-of-pocket costs for a new car by $13,000. That brings the cost of an EV like the Mitsubishi i-MiEV to less than $17,000, making it cheaper than a Toyota Corolla, the television station reported. The rebate also brings the payback period – in the form of lower refueling costs – for a car like the Nissan Leaf to about four years.

Earlier this month, the California Center for Sustainable Energy said in a report that the state is home to more than a third of all domestic plug-in vehicles, and with these sorts of rebates, that percentage is likely to grow.


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      Awesome I am going to use it in my homework
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 2 Days Ago
      I wish someone would make a $13,000 electric car. Would that not throw a gigantic wrench into the spokes?
        PR
        • 2 Days Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        You mean one with a 16 kWh or larger battery in order to get the full federal credit? Not very likely,
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 2 Days Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        Could you not technically pick a car out of a junkyard with a blown engine, stick 16kw-hr of lead acid and sell it for $13k? Or you could also get 16kw-hrs of thundersky batteries for $5600 + shipping. If these tax credits include EV Conversions ( i think they do! ) and don't specify what battery ( i think they don't! ), there's a market there & hiliarity could ensue.. just sayin :)
          PR
          • 2 Days Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          The federal program does not include home conversions.
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 2 Days Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          I'm not talking about home conversions. I'm talking about if you operated a company that converted cars. Like AMP, for example. Say you whisked all those newer cars that had premature engine failures out of the junkyard and converted them for a total cost of say, 12k.. sold them for 13k..
          PR
          • 2 Days Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          Anytime you use a used glider, that would be categorized as a kit car conversion by the federal law. Tax credits for those ended December of 2011. If you use a brand new glider, yes you could start that company and apply as a new car manufacturer to qualify for these tax credits. Coda, and the Tesla Roadster are examples of this. You of course would be responsible for all new crash testing and all legal compliance that all new car manufacturers have to comply with. There is no cheap route along that path.
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 2 Days Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          Dang :(
      Jim_NJ
      • 2 Days Ago
      I wonder if this rebate also includes the Chevy Volt or Fisker Karma? My brother lives in Modesto, and really liked driving my Volt when he visited me a few months ago. But I can't get the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District web page, 'www.valleyair.org', to load for some reason.....
        Dave R
        • 2 Days Ago
        @Jim_NJ
        Volt with the ATPZEV emissions package gets $2k rebate. Go for it!
          Jim_NJ
          • 2 Days Ago
          @Dave R
          Thanks Dave! That's still $12,000 he can get back on a Volt .... I'll let him know!
      PR
      • 2 Days Ago
      Blue States "bail out" Red States every single year, year after year. If California were to get rid of all the Red State "Marxists" who suck off all of California's tax dollars, and take back all those decades of paying for Red States, then Cali wouldn't be on the verge of bankruptcy at all. "Kentucky receives $1.51 from Washington for every dollar its citizens pay in federal taxes. Alabama gets back $1.66. Louisiana receives $1.78. Alaska, $1.84. Mississippi, $2.02. Arizona, $1.19. Idaho, $1.21. South Carolina, $1.35. Oklahoma, $1.36. Arkansas, $1.41. Montana, $1.47, Nebraska, $1.10. Wyoming, $1.11. Kansas, $1.12." "The citizens of California — harder hit by the recession than most — receive from Washington only 78 cents for every tax dollar they send to Washington." http://quickhits.tumblr.com/post/9629701928/red-state-welfare-queens-revisited So who owes who? Any onetime "bailout" of California would be nothing more than a payback of California's own money that has been drained out of it by Red States year after year for decades.
      PR
      • 2 Days Ago
      Sorry Nerd, you don't get to reject facts just because you don't like the link they came from. This is all straight out of IRS and Census Bureau statistics. Here is the exact same data in a different format from The Economist: http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2011/08/americas-fiscal-union?fsrc=scn/tw/te/dc/theredandtheblack But thanks for yet again showing yourself to be yet another right-winger who rejects science and mathematics. When presented with simple math, you have proven yet again to be a serial politically motivated math denier. Some day you will figure out that just denying math is not an actual argument against it.
      EVnerdGene
      • 2 Days Ago
      calling me a marxist ? Once again proving that you definitely have your head beyond the reach of a colonoscopy.
      PR
      • 2 Days Ago
      Pretty cool for folks in California. But Colorado still beats you for buying a Volt: 2012 Chevrolet Volt: Federal Tax credit $7,500 Tax credit available for tax year 2012 $5,896.00 = $13,396 in tax credits and tax rebates. Colorado FTW!
      brotherkenny4
      • 2 Days Ago
      If they had to pay for a hundred thousand vehicles that would be $250M dollars (state dollars). San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District would have to put in $3000 per car but that would be something less than the state total number of cars, since it only applies to that specific region (don't know who funds them). The projected 2012-2013 budget for california is about $95 billion. They spend nearly 70% on education, health and human services and corrections. They spend about 10% on higher education and 7% on general government, and an addition 4% on the legislature. So that's 90% of their budget. Anyway, $250 million is .2% of the total california budget (that's two tenths of one percent). You can make an argument about every little bit helping, but it appears to me that if they want to be fiscally responsible they need to take issue with the costs that represent the majority of their budget. This support for the EVs is down in the noise. California represents 13% of the US GDP. That's a reality that you just can't get around. Next are NY state and Texas, followed by Illinois and Florida. 40% total US GDP for those 5 states. So the reason I point this out is because the financial failure of any one of these places will negatively affect the entire US economy whether you like it or not.
        Rotation
        • 2 Days Ago
        @brotherkenny4
        All these programs have caps. They won't be laying out $250M. They don't list the caps in the program info on valleyair.org, but they do say rebats will stop when funds are exhausted. Typical size of a program of this sort on valleyair.org is a couple million, not $250M. The funds are coming from a total pool of $60M which goes to this district and is for 2011-2012. So that's about $30M/year. The money is also earmarked by law to be used for things like this (ballot box budgeting) and comes from Proposition 1B. http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/California_Proposition_1B,_Highway_and_Port_Safety_and_Air_Quality_Bond_Act_(2006)
        throwback
        • 2 Days Ago
        @brotherkenny4
        I don't think anyone is under any illusions that the feds wont bail Cali out if they are on the verge of banruptcy. Doesn't mean we have to like it. I didn't like the bank or auto bail outs but I understand why they were done. Cali can spend their tax money on whatever they want, I just wonder at what point do the residents say "when do we spend less"?
      EVnerdGene
      • 2 Days Ago
      ya know PR, you will believe anything and everything you read from whatever website matches your political idiotology GM bailouts did little but bailing out their unions don't waste your time citing sources from huffington post and michael mooron websites
      EVnerdGene
      • 2 Days Ago
      no wonder California is so deeply in debt and they'll eventually expect the rest of the country to bail them out
        EZEE
        • 2 Days Ago
        @EVnerdGene
        yea, but the problem is that the republicans (duh-duh-DUHHHHHHHHHH) in the last election ran two pro choice, pro gay rights female candidates against two very questionable democrats (Barbara. Over and Jerry brown). Both lost. The lesson is, the republicans could just say, 'you made your mess, you sleep in it.' simply because they know that no matter who they put forward, they won't win election. So why help out a state like that. Now, not saying that is such a good thing, but, politically the republicans could just say eff it. Why bother. Now, a purple stage might be a different prospect. California and Illinois are basket cases. Oddly, NY, under Andrew Cuomo, has made some real progress. Not quite sure if it will be enough in the long term, but give credit where credit is due.... Now, on the flip side....I wonder if something like the C-Max would qualify. That would take the plug in version down be,ow $20k. Yip yip yip yahoo.
          EZEE
          • 2 Days Ago
          @EZEE
          @Jesse But I want $13,000 NOW! (stamps foot).
          Ford Future
          • 2 Days Ago
          @EZEE
          The CMax looks like a BEST BUY, with the plug-in engine, giving you around 100mpg, and cost being around $33,000 plus a credit.
          Rotation
          • 2 Days Ago
          @EZEE
          Nope. No C-Max (I assume you mean Energi). http://www.valleyair.org/Grant_Programs/DriveCleanRebateProgram/DriveCleanRebateProgramVehicles08-1-12.pdf But going by the PiP, when the C-Max Energi does make the list it would get a $2K rebate.
          Rotation
          • 2 Days Ago
          @EZEE
          Jesse Gurr: You're using formulas for the Federal tax rebate. We're talking about this California program here. The Volt only gets $2000 under this program, there's no way the C-Max Energy is going to get more.
          EZEE
          • 2 Days Ago
          @EZEE
          Dammit!
          Jesse Gurr
          • 2 Days Ago
          @EZEE
          Actually for the C-Max Energi, it looks like it would get more than $2,500. According to the tax code: " the credit is equal to $2,500 plus, for a vehicle which draws propulsion energy from a battery with at least 5 kilowatt hours of capacity, $417, plus an additional $417 for each kilowatt hour of battery capacity in excess of 5 kilowatt hours. The total amount of the credit allowed for a vehicle is limited to $7,500." http://www.irs.gov/businesses/article/0,,id=214841,00.html To break it down: $2,500 for being a plug-in hybrid $417 for battery being at least 5 kW $417 for each additional kW 2500 + 417 + (417 * 2.5) since Energi has 7.5 kW battery. = $3959.50 I believe the PIP has a 4.4 kW battery, only getting the $2,500 for being a plug in. This is still unofficial until they release the real numbers, but thats what I'm hoping. ;D
      PR
      • 2 Days Ago
      Nerd, You introduced the term "Marxist" and the context where you think it applies to taxes. That is why I am using the quote marks to quote you. Since you don't believe it is correct for ME to use your own term the same way YOU used it, then you have just unwittingly rejected your own usage of the term the way you used it. Thank you for explaining why your own introduction of that term was wrong, when you introduced it in your earlier post. Please complain more when people who throw around terms like "Marxist" incorrectly, especially when the person you are complaining about is the one in the mirror.
      EVnerdGene
      • 2 Days Ago
      Red State "Marxists" ? You obviously don't know what a marxist is, or that your fearful leader is one of the biggest. http://money.cnn.com/2012/06/25/news/economy/food-stamps-ads/index.htm Here's an example of your marxist party buying votes. Addicts will certainly stick by their pushers, won't they? All part of the gameplan.
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