A big critique of the current crop of electric vehicles is the price is out of reach for low- or middle-income people. We have this situation where tax breaks and other perks are being given to well-off people, with the Tesla Model S and Fisker Karma both explicitly targeting the wealthy. Tax breaks for the 1% doesn’t play well, does it?
The California Senate today passed SB 1275 (the Charge Ahead California Initiative) by a bipartisan vote of 27-9. The bill is meant to help California’s goal of a million ZEV’s and near-ZEV’s on the road by 2023. Along the way it hopes to incentivize a self-sustaining industry for these vehicles, and enable access among the poorer portion of society.
The bill would require ARB, in consultation with the California Energy Commission (CEC), air districts, and public stakeholders to:
Adopt a plan by 30 June 2015 that establishes an estimate of the total funding necessary for specified programs and projects to meet the Initiative’s goals. The programs funded would include the CVRP (Clean Vehicle Rebate Program), HVIP (Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project ), various components of the ARFVT (Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program), pre-commercial demonstration projects of advanced freight and transit technology for goods and passenger movement, and specified new programs.
Update the funding plan at least every three years through 1 January 2023.
Adopt revisions to CVRP criteria and guidelines by 30 June 2015 to ensure rebate levels are phased down in multiyear increments and to expand access and eligibility to low- and moderate-income persons, as specified.
Adopt revisions to HVIP by 30 June 2015 to ensure program eligibility for a truck and bus retrofitted or remanufactured to be a zero- or near-zero-emission vehicle.
Establish programs that increase access and benefits for disadvantaged and low- and moderate-income communities from electric transportation, including: loan and loss reserve financing, car sharing programs, and charging infrastructure in multi-unit dwellings in disadvantaged communities. Require these new programs to provide adequate outreach to disadvantaged and low- and moderate-income communities.
- Highway design could decrease death and injury risk, if “we” chose smarter designs - March 28, 2015
- GM really did trademark “range anxiety”, only later to abandon that mark - March 25, 2015
- US Government releases new regulations on hydraulic fracturing, that some call “toothless” - March 20, 2015
- Tesla Motors magic pill to solve range anxiety doesn’t quite instill range confidence - March 19, 2015
- Update on Galena IL oil train – 21 cars involved, which were the supposedly safer CP1232 design - March 7, 2015
- Another oil bomb train – why are they shipping crude oil by train? – Symptoms of fossil fuel addiction - March 6, 2015
- Chevron relinquishes fracking in Romania, as part of broader pull-out from Eastern European fracking operations - February 22, 2015
- Answer anti- electric car articles with truth and pride – truth outshines all distortions - February 19, 2015
- Apple taking big risk on developing a car? Please, Apple, don’t go there! - February 16, 2015
- Toyota, Nissan, Honda working on Japanese fuel cell infrastructure for Japanese government - February 12, 2015