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New Eligibility Requirements For California Clean Vehicle Rebate Project Being Introduced To Aid Low-Income Consumers

New eligibility requirements are being introduced for the California Clean Vehicle Rebate Project by the California Air Resources Board in order to improve the effectiveness of the project, according to a new press release.

The changes will increase incentive levels for low- and moderate-income consumers, while also putting high-income eligibility caps into place.

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The changes — which will apply to vehicle purchases and leases made in California onwards from March 29, 2016 — were actually approved by the California Air Resources Board (ARB) all the way back in June 2015, following Senate Bill 1275.

The new press release provides more:

Since 2010, the CVRP has issued over $291 million in rebates for more than 137,200 vehicles, according to the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE), which administers the ARB program. Rebates cover a range of battery electric, plug-in hybrid electric and fuel cell vehicles.

For low- and moderate-income consumers, CVRP rebates for all types of eligible light-duty passenger vehicles are being increased by $1,500. When combined with the $7,500 federal tax credit for battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, the California rebates provide savings up to $11,500. To qualify for the increased rebates, applicants must have household incomes less than or equal to 300% of the federal poverty level. For an individual, the gross annual income limit is $35,640, and for a household of four, it is $72,900.

As mentioned above, high-income consumers will no longer have access to the rebates as an accompaniment to increased incentive levels for low-income consumers. High-income in this case refers to those whose “gross annual income exceeds $250,000 for single tax filers, $340,000 for head of household filers and $500,000 for joint filers.”

Income levels will be determined by federal tax return filing figures.

More information can be found here.

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.


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