Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) did a great job encouraging electric vehicle trips to the airport by setting up 38 charging stations in two separate lots and offering EV drivers free parking spaces. Those no-cost spots were a huge draw, to be sure, but airport authorities have now decided to pull the plug . The airport said it will stop the free parking deal in March, in part to reduce the growing volume of electric cars circling the lot waiting for one of the coveted spots to open up.
Governments here in the States have stepped up by offering some significant incentives for purchasing green vehicles. Buyers across the country can get up to $7,500 off a plug-in vehicle, thousands back on hybrids and even deeper discounts in some states thanks to additional rebates. Though incentives here are strong, China is about to take this green vehicle incentive thing to another level.
Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen has announced that the state will offer a $2,500 tax rebate to buyers who snatch up the first wave of electric vehicles (EVs) headed to the Volunteer State. The rebate only extends to the first 1,000 EVs sold there and is expected to help boost Nissan Motor Co. with its launch of the battery-powered Leaf this fall. Bredesen's surprise announcement came during the Fuel Solutions Forum hosted by the Tennessee Valley Authority. U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander was on ha
With numerous countries aggressively seeking ways to promote electric vehicles (EVs), incentives have popped up almost everywhere. From the $7,500 offered in the U.S. to $8,500 in Ontario, Canada, these incentives will help reduce the cost of EVs and hopefully speed up their initial adoption. While incentives are great, they will eventually disappear, leaving EVs to either succeed or fail on their own merits. When incentives drift away in a few years, will the EV market be able to survive on its
It looks like Germany won't be jumping into the race to see who can provide the biggest subsidies for purchases of plug-in vehicles. At the launch of the National Program for Electric Mobility in Berlin on Monday, German officials said that federal funding would instead go toward research programs to advance the technology. The program has already given €500 million to more than 150 projects.
Admittedly, it's not quite as good as finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow but residents of Ireland can rejoice with the notion of receiving nearly $7,000 back on the purchase of electric vehicles (EVs). The Irish government and the Electrical Supply Board (ESB) recently agreed on this incentive plan to help offset the purchase price of electric vehicles and send the country on its way to reaching a proclaimed goal of EVs penetrating ten percent of the market by 2020.
The UK government has announced a £250 million incentive program designed to get more plug-in and electric vehicles on British roads. The heart of the program is rebates of up to £5,000 for purchases of full electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles. This could be good news for companies like Mitsubishi, Nissan and General Motors. The Japanese automakers are planning to introduce battery electric cars over the next two years and General Motors plans to launch the Vauxhall Ampera (a rebadge