Larger rebates for buying clean-air cars proposed
February 15, 2017
• Legislation aimed at lower-income Californians
• “A better incentive for more Californians to purchase electric or clean-air vehicles”
Lower-income Californians are targeted by proposed legislation to entice them to buy hybrid or all-electric cars.
A bill authored by state Assemblyman Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove, would increase rebate levels by $500 for low-income individuals, would require outreach to disadvantaged communities, would prioritize rebates payments for low-income consumers, and would limit eligibility for high-income individuals.
According to the Center for Sustainable Energy, since 2010, the CVRP has issued more than $377 million in rebates for more than 175,000 vehicles.
However, according to the UCLA Luskin Center, over 50 percent of rebate recipients’ household incomes are over $150,000 annually and over 20 percent of rebate recipients’ household incomes are over $250,000 annually. Additionally, statistics found that 88 percent of recipients are Caucasian, 75 percent are male, and 83 percent are college graduates.
“Studies overwhelmingly show that rebates are going to California’s most affluent communities and not to the communities with poor air quality who truly need them,” says Mr. Cooper. “My hope is that by increasing rebate levels for low-income individuals, it will provide a better incentive for more Californians to purchase electric or clean-air vehicles.”