Recently, we reported that Environment California is urging Governor Jerry Brown to put a plan in place that will result in
1 million clean vehicles
on California roads by 2022. This goal has just gotten a little help with the California
Resources Board's announcement that the 2011 budget for clean
will receive an additional $2 million from the California Energy Commission. This puts this year's
fund at $9.3 million – $2.3 million leftover from 2010, second year funding at $5 million, and the just promised $2 million. It looks like Plug In America's fear about the
funds running out soon
might now be quieted.
These new funds are to be used in a slightly different manner than the earlier money, however. David Almeida, manager of California's Clean Vehicle Rebate Program, said, "It is important to note that the additional $2 million in funding will be reserved for rebates of vehicles capable of carrying four passengers and highway driving." This is great news for those in line to buy the
. Perhaps CARB realized that if you can afford to buy a
, you're not exactly in need of a discount.
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