If you're of the opinion that current federal and state support for electric vehicle shoppers in the US are really just hand-outs to the already well-to-do, you might like what California State Senator Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) is up to. De Leon sponsored a bill earlier this year called the Charge Ahead California Initiative (State Bill 1275) which today passed the California Assembly by a vote of 46-23. The state Senate is expected to send the bill to Governor Edmund Brown soon.
The Golden State is very close to running out of stickers that allow plug-in hybrid vehicle drivers to take up precious HOV lane space all on their own, according to Green Car Reports. To add insult to injury, the funds for California's rebates for plug-in vehicle purchases ($2,500 for battery-electric vehicles, $1,500 for plug-in hybrids) may have also dried up.
California's Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) received another boost in funds just days ago when the California Air Resource Board (CARB) backed the program with an additional $5 million earmarked for the 2010-11 fiscal year. Combined with the $4.1 million announced earlier this year, the CVRP now has $9.1 million at its disposal, though some of the funds have already been claimed by buyers snatching up qualifying vehicles.
Since Monday, the state of California has been offering tax rebates for eligible zero-emission and plug-in hybrid vehicles under the $4.1 million Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP). The rebates are worth up to $20,000 for commercial vehicles and up to $5,000 for new light-duty vehicles. The list includes pure electrics like the Tesla Roadster and the Nissan Leaf, NEVs from GEM and a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle: the Honda 2010 FCX Clarity. The all-electric Zero DS and S motorcycles are eligible f
If you're a California citizen thinking of buying an electric car, don't do it today. Wait until Monday. That's when the state's $4.1 million Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) starts offering rebates worth up to $20,000 for eligible zero-emission and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Exactly which vehicles will get how much money isn't available yet, but Tesla, in its latest newsletter, says the CVRP will be worth a $5,000 rebate toward the purchase or a lease of a Roadster. Here's what we do know: