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California May Shift EV Subsidies To Point Of Sale Rebates

California is about to begin testing a new “point of sale” clean vehicle rebate plan in San Diego. Under the present rules, people who purchase a qualifying EV can get a check back from the state for up to $7,000, depending on their income level. California started indexing its rebate program to income level a few years ago to avoid the charge that the incentives the state was offering were mostly benefiting wealthy tech tycoons and Hollywood stars replacing their Porsches with Teslas. The state is much more interested in encouraging low-income families to give up their inefficient and pollution-belching commuter cars and drive a low- or zero-emissions (and far safer) car instead.

May 22nd

City Of Porterville (California) Going Fully Electric (For Transit)

The City of Porterville in California has entered into a sales contract with GreenPower Motor Company for the purchase of 10 EV350 40-foot zero-emission, all-electric, transit buses. The purchase will see all 9 of Porterville Transit’s routes go fully electric. Accompanying the purchase, 11 charging stations are to be installed at the transit service’s maintenance […]

March 12th

Man To Chevy Dealer: “Hey, You Got Any Bolts?”

A guy walks into a local Chevy dealer. Says, “Hey, you guys got any Bolts? That’s Bolt, with a B.” In return, the guy receives blank stares from the sales staff … replaced shortly by smiles, a negatory on the Bolt, and a verbal rundown of all the great models on the lot the guy would just love, such as the Cruze, the Sonic, the Malibu, and yes, the Volt. The Spark went unmentioned.

January 31st

Electric Car Advertising By Big Auto Is Close To Nilch — 0.34% Of Total Auto Company Ad Spending

Major auto manufacturers are doing practically nothing to advertise the plug-in electric vehicles that they sell, whether in California (as compliance vehicles) or elsewhere, according to a new study commissioned by the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM).

December 27th

City Of Porterville Transit (In California) Going 100% Electric With 10 Electric GreenPower Buses

Following the award of $9.5 million in funding by the California Air Resources Board, the City of Porterville in California will be acquiring and deploying 10 GreenPower Motor Company EV350, 40-foot, all-electric transit buses (in addition to various charging infrastructure), according to an email sent to CleanTechnica.

December 12th

Study: Californian Clean Vehicle Incentive Program Has Disproportionately Benefited The Wealthy

To date, California’s clean vehicle incentive program has disproportionately benefited people living in wealthy, majority “white” neighborhoods, according to a new study published in the journal Transportation Research Record. The new findings come from two researchers analyzing data on the 98,901 rebates issued to Californians “buying or leasing low-emission vehicles from the inception of the Clean […]

November 12th

BYD & Long Beach Transit Win Inaugural Green Partners CleanTech Award

As a result of Long Beach Transit’s zero-emissions battery-electric bus program, the Long Beach–Qingdao Sister City Association has awarded Long Beach Transit and BYD with its inaugural Green Partners CleanTech Award, according to an email sent to EV Obsession and CleanTechnica. The award is meant to give credit to the two organizations for their positive […]

November 4th

BYD Awarded 2016 Electric Bus of the Year Award By Los Angeles Sustainability Coalition

BYD recently landed a big prize in the nascent but highly competitive electric bus market. It won the 2016 Electric Bus of the Year Award by the Los Angeles Sustainability Coalition, as announced at a recent event celebrating sustainability efforts in the region, according to an email sent to EV Obsession and CleanTechnica. The 2016 Electric […]

November 4th

Study Shows Why Californian Cities Leads US Electric Car Sales

An interesting analysis of the California electric vehicle market was recently published by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), providing a nice overview of the effects of various policies and promotional activities in effect there through 2015, as well as lessons for other locations/jurisdictions. The analysis is based around city-level data on electric vehicles […]

September 25th

California OKs Orange EV For Incentives Of Up To $120,000 Per Class 8 Electric Truck

As an adjunct to our earlier story that Orange EV has begun taking orders for its new Class 8 T-Series electric terminal trucks, it’s worth highlighting here that Orange EV has announced that organizations and businesses operating fleets in California will now be able to receive up to $120,000 in incentives towards the purchase of […]

August 29th

Proposal For 15% California EV Market Share Mandate By 2025 Scuppered

Only a week after being publicly proposed, California Democratic Assemblywoman Autumn Burke’s proposal that 15% of all new cars sold in the state be emissions-free by 2025 has been scuppered, according to recent reports. Why? Because of there being “steeper opposition than she expected,” according to a spokeswoman for the assemblywoman by the name of […]

August 20th

Electric Bus Charging Cost Calculator Released For California

As a means of supporting the state’s growing electric bus market, the California Air Resources Board recently released a new downloadable tool online that allows you to easily estimate electricity costs that accompany battery-electric bus deployments in California. The new downloadable tool is a macro-enabled Excel worksheet, so it features fairly wide compatibility. It works by […]

August 20th

Ford Electrified Fusions Selling Like Hotcakes In California

There is something appealing about Ford’s plug-in electric hybrids. June sales reflect Ford’s EV appeal (the Fusion Energi was #2 nationwide in plug-in electric car sales), and recent news from Los Angeles confirms the popularity of the vehicle. Electrified Ford Fusions are becoming an important part of Ford sales in the region, according to a press release […]

August 6th

Karma Revero (aka Fisker Karma) Now Back In Production

The Karma Revero, which was previously known as the Fisker Karma before Fisker Automotive’s bankruptcy, is now back in production, according to recent reports. The model (and brand) is being relaunched by the China-based automotive supplier Wanxiang — which bought the assets of Fisker Automotive, following the firm’s bankruptcy in 2013. Notably, while all of the […]

July 5th