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.
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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 […]
California utility companies plan to invest $1 billion to replace every diesel engine in the state with an electric motor. That includes medium and heavy duty trucks, port equipment, airport ground support vehicles, and forklifts.
The California Air Resources Board will be awarding up to $10 million in grants as part of a new school bus electrification and alternative fuels program known as The Rural School Bus Pilot Project, according to recent reports.
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.
EV Volumes recently highlighted some interesting stats with an interesting graph showing plug-in electric vehicle sales figures for the years 2011–2016 separated by state.
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).
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Despite the fact that California represents just one amongst a great many distinct US states, the Golden State’s zero-emissions vehicle mandate has had an outsized impact on the country — with the mandate now affecting roughly 28% of all US passenger vehicle owners, according to recent reports. This is largely owing to the economic clout […]