Buying an electric car may get easier in California
October 10, 2017
• . New laws provide financial incentives
• . “Provide an improved opportunity for low-income individuals to take advantage of the program”
California has a new law that is expected to encourage those of moderate income levels to buy all-electric cars.
The legislation, signed into law Tuesday, will increase rebate levels by $500 for low-income individuals, will require outreach to disadvantaged communities, will prioritize rebates payments for low-income consumers, and will limit eligibility for high-income individuals.
“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 the legislation’s author, Assemblyman Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove.
He says it “will help level the playing field and provide an improved opportunity for low-income individuals to take advantage of the program.”
According to the Center for Sustainable Energy, since 2010, California’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Project 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.
Additionally, AB 630 was also signed into law Tuesday. The bill would codify and make improvements to the Enhanced Fleet Modernization Program (EFMP) Plus-Up program. Currently, EFMP Plus-Up operates in only two of 35 air districts in California.
AB 630 would help facilitate the expansion of the vehicle retirement and replacement program to additional air districts with poor air quality by codifying the program in statute.
“California is home to five-times the national average of cars over 20-years old,” says Mr. Cooper. “By expanding and improving EFMP Plus-Up, we can take more clunkers off our roads, combat climate change and reduce air pollution in our most vulnerable communities.”
Furthermore, AB 630 would require the program to collect and post specified information annually to the Legislature, ensuring efficiency and accountability.