California's electric car rebate program gets $27 million boost in funding
California and its concern for air pollution has been at the forefront of pushing for clean vehicle technology. One of that states programs, the Air Quality Improvement Program, provides funds under the California Clean Vehicle Rebate Project for the $2500 rebate California offers for electric car purchases on top of the $7500 federal tax credit. The funds in that program, which had shrunk to $3,368,013, just received a massive infusion of over $27 million in new funding from the Air Resources Board and $5 million from the California Energy Commission.
The program began in March 2010 with an initial pool of $4.1 million, and is administered by the California Center for Sustainable Energy. The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project works to "promote the production and use of zero-emission vehicles" including all electric, plug-in hybrid, and fuel cell vehicles. A long list of vehicles are listed by the CVRP as qualifying for the rebates. The value of the rebate is up to $2500, but varies to as little as $900 depending on the vehicle type and characteristics.
“This unique incentive program makes ultra-clean cars affordable for more Californians, helps slash smog-forming pollution and cuts greenhouse gas emissions. By expanding the market for the world’s most advanced technology vehicles California remains the global center for clean cars, and generates a wide range of new jobs to manufacture, service and fuel them,” said CARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols.