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newsrel -- Air Resources Board Kicks Off New Round of Clean Vehicle Rebates

Posted: 15 Nov 2011 16:37:45
$15 million available, Board Member Ron Roberts presents first
check in San Diego

California Air Resources Board

News Release	
For Immediate Release

November 15, 2011

Mary Fricke, Calif. Air Resource Board
Phone:  (916) 322-2990
E-mail: mfricke@arb.ca.gov

Chuck Colgan, Calif. Center for Sustainable Energy
Phone:  (858) 244-1184
E-mail: chuck.colgan@energycenter.org

Air Resources Board Kicks Off New Round of Clean Vehicle Rebates

$15 million available, Board Member Ron Roberts presents first
check in San Diego
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Nov. 15, 2011) — San Diego County Supervisor
Ronald Roberts, a member of the California Air Resources Board
(ARB), presented the first rebate check issued from $15 million
allocated by ARB for clean vehicles to Kim Adelman of Poway,

Adelman received $2,500 for purchasing a 2011 Nissan LEAF during
a ceremony held Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, at the California Center
for Sustainable Energy (CCSE), administers of ARB’s Clean Vehicle
Rebate Project (CVRP).

“Clean transportation plays a critical role in meeting our
state’s long-term air quality goals, and we know that
California’s tough vehicle standards draw infrastructure
investments and continue to drive innovation,” Roberts said.
“This is one reason why California leads the nation in the clean
transportation race.”

Now in its third-year of funding, CVRP promotes the purchase of
zero-emission or plug-in hybrid passenger vehicles. During the
past two years, $11.1 million, including $2 million provided by
the California Energy Commission, funded approximately 2,000
rebates. During the current fiscal year, the ARB allocated an
additional $15 million to the CVRP, which will fund 6,000 to
8,000 rebates, depending on the mix of vehicles.

The program incentives are available for electric, plug-in hybrid
electric, fuel cell vehicles and electric motorcycles. Rebates
are dependent on vehicle type, model year and fuel technology and
range from $900 to $2,500. 

The CVRP is part of statewide efforts to reduce air pollution and
greenhouse gas emissions by increasing the use of cleaner
transportation, according to David Almeida, CCSE’s CVRP program

“Funding for the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project for fiscal year
2011-2012 represents a three-fold increase compared to last
year,” Almeida said. “This significant investment will help
California residents make the switch to a cleaner, more efficient
vehicle, creating cleaner air for all of us.”    

The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project is part of ARB’s Air Quality
Improvement Program, established by AB 118 (2007, Nunez), to
reduce smog and diesel particulate pollution and greenhouse gas
emissions. Through AB 118, ARB also funds the early introduction
of heavy-duty hybrid and electric trucks, as well as
demonstrations for advanced locomotive and hybrid construction
equipment. Depending on revenues, the program has $30 million to
$40 million per year in funding through 2015 for clean vehicle
and equipment projects. 

The state’s early investment in zero-emission and plug-in hybrid
technologies will prime the market for the larger number of these
vehicles needed over the next decade and beyond, according to the
ARB. Funding for these programs is generated from revenues from
smog abatement, vehicle and vessel registration fees.

For information about CVRP rebates, visit the CCSE website at
www.energycenter.org/cvrp. CCSE also provides free public
workshops about clean vehicle options and electric vehicle
charging for homeowners and transportation providers. For
information about workshops and education opportunities, visit
CCSE’s website at www.energycenter.org.


ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare,
and ecological resources through effective reduction of air
pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the
economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in
California to attain and maintain health based air quality

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