California's ongoing fight to limit EV rebates to lower-income buyers
Central Valley Politico Also Proposes Boosting Rebate To $3,500
Gaines previously lobbied to get Tesla Motors to pick his district for the electric vehicle maker's Gigafactory, but his Senate Bill 40, which he first pitched in December, comes from a less-expensive EV point of view. That's because Gaines wants to put a $40,000 price cap on vehicles that qualify for California's EV rebate, effectively eliminating current Tesla vehicles from the bebefit. He also proposes increasing the rebate by $1,000 to $3,500.
The subject is topical because California accounted for about half of the country's new plug-in vehicles last year. Plug-ins also made up more than three percent of the state's new-vehicle sales. A somewhat similar proposal that would have capped the price of rebate-eligible vehicles at $60,000 was pitched last April, and was quashed by May.
Additionally, last summer, California State Senator Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) proposed a bill designed to lure people in the more moderate income brackets into buying plug-in vehicles, including giving $3,000 to lower-income people who trade in an old car for a plug-in.
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