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SB 1275 Passes In California Assembly, 46-23

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.

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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

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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:

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