California's income-based EV rebates will cost $230 million through September 2017
California's wealthiest people will get shut out of government's green-car funding.
As it stands now, California offers rebates worth $2,500 for battery-electric vehicles, $1,500 for plug-in hybrids, $5,000 for hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles and $900 for zero-emission motorcycles. Next month, though, rebates for lower-income Californians jump to $4,000 for electric vehicles, $3,000 for plug-in hybrids, and $6,500 for fuel-cell vehicles. Meanwhile, the wealthier set (i.e., individuals who earn more than $250,000, or joint filer with income of more than $500,000) get shut out of those plug-in vehicle rebates, notes Green Car Congress.The shift of rebates more towards the people who can use them the most is a culmination of the efforts of California State Senator Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles), who's been pushing for such a shift in resources since at least 2014.
For those with some time on their hands and coffee in their cups, CARB's 81-page document outlining next week's workshop can be found here.
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