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newsrel -- Success of state’s clean vehicle rebate project prompts waiting list

Posted: 28 Mar 2014 14:38:39
Please consider the following news release from the California
Air Resources Board: http://bit.ly/1h3ZjKT

March 28, 2014



Dave Clegern
(916) 322-2990

Melanie Turner
(916) 322-2990

Success of state’s clean vehicle rebate project prompts waiting

With a record-setting California market for electric cars, rebate
program climbs above 50,000 rebates

SACRAMENTO - With demand for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and
zero-emission vehicles growing at a record pace in California,
the California Air Resources Board today announced the immediate
formation of a rebate waiting list up to a total of $5 million
for incentive funds that help consumers buy the cleanest cars. 

To accommodate expected market growth into the summer, ARB staff
also plan to propose expanding the waiting list by an additional
$25 million at the Board’s April meeting.

Applications will continue to be accepted for rebate checks while
additional funding is being put in place for the 4-year-old Clean
Vehicle Rebate Project. It is one of several ARB incentive
programs designed to reduce air pollution and protect public

“The Air Resources Board’s rebate program has been instrumental
in accelerating the market for the cleanest vehicles, which is
helping California to achieve its clean air goals,” Air Resources
Board Chairman Mary D. Nichols said. 

The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project has exceeded all expectations.
ARB has issued about $100 million for more than 50,000 rebates
since the program began in March 2010, and ARB plans to continue
investing in the project. 

Consumers placed on the waiting list will receive their rebates
at the end of September. Eligibility criteria and rebate amounts
for fiscal year 2013-14, which ends June 30, will apply to these
rebates. Under the program, individuals, nonprofits, government
entities and businesses can get up to a $2,500 state rebate. That
can be combined with an up to $7,500 federal tax credit and other
regional incentives.

Demand for zero-emission and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles —
and the rebates — has grown steadily for the past two years.
Currently, about 2,500 rebates are being processed each month
totaling between $6 million and $7 million and demand has been
picking up.

Funding for the continuation of the program is currently in the
governor’s proposed budget. That funding will be allocated
pending the Legislature's passage of the budget and adoption of
the annual CVRP spending plan by the ARB in June.

The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project is an important clean air
program of  the Air Resources Board and administered statewide by
the California Center for Sustainable Energy.

For more information on the program and which cars and models
qualify for rebates, visit: http://www.energycenter.org/CVRP

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