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CALSTART Continues to Administer Calif. EV Incentives (Ind. Report)
Date: 2012-02-06
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has again selected CALSTART to manage the nation's largest incentive program for electric and hybrid trucks and buses, as well as approved an $11 million contract to help further the initiative. Initially launched in 2010, the CARB program has led to the deployment of more than 1,000 electric and hybrid trucks and buses throughout the Golden State.

Unlike complicated tax policies or manufacturer rebates, the CARB voucher program provides a direct cost reduction to the dealer, and the savings are transparent and evident to the fleet buyers. As a result, other government agencies, including the California Energy Commission and the South Coast Air Quality Management District, have elected to add funds to the CARB program to meet their strategic objectives.(Source: CALSTART, February, 2012)

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Chevy Volt Added to Tennessee EV Rebate Program (Ind. Report)
Chevrolet Volt
Date: 2012-02-03
The Volunteer State is adding a second car model to its EV rebate program, which so far has drawn far fewer participants than expected. WSMV-TV reported Wednesday that the state will soon begin offering $2,500 rebates to owners of the hybrid-electric Chevrolet Volt. Until now, the rebate program in Tennessee was only open to purchasers of the all-electric Nissan LEAF.

Participants in the program must agree to allow data about how they use and charge their vehicles to be collected for a government-funded study. The information is being gathered by the California-based ECOtality. The company received a $99 million stimulus grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The state added $2.5 million in matching grant money for the rebates.(Source: WSMV-TV, February 1, 2012)

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Hawaii Recharges EV Rebate Program (Ind. Report)
Date: 2012-01-31
The state of Hawaii has recharged its EV rebate program with an additional $150,000 in funding and has extended the deadline for rebates on new EVs, PHEVs and chargers another two months. The deadline for the state's EV rebate program was pushed to March 31 from the Jan. 31, 2012 deadline that had been extended from September, 2011, the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism said in a statement.

The rebates of up to $4,500 for the purchase of an EV and up to $500 for EV chargers issued are on a first-come, first-served basis and will run through the March 31, 2012 deadline or when funds run out, whichever comes first. Over the past year, the state has approved 528 rebates for 318 EVs and 210 chargers. The additional funding brings to $303,999 the amount left in the rebate program.(Source: Energy Hawaii, January 30, 2012)

Rebate forms are available HERE

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UK PEV Grant Extended Until 2015, Vans Included (Ind. Report)
UK Ministry of Transport
Date: 2012-01-19
The U.K. government has announced that the Plug-in Car Grant (PiCG,) worth up to £5,000 toward the cost of eligible cars has been extended until 2015. The grant has also been extended to vans. Eligible vans can attract a grant of 20% of purchase price up to a maximum of £8,000. To qualify for the grant, the van must emit less than 75g/km CO2, have a range of at least 60 miles on a charge, be capable of more than 50 mph and conform to European Vehicle Type Approval. Only new vehicles are eligible, or vehicles converted to battery or hybrid power by specialist convertors before the vehicle's first registration. (Source: UK Ministry of TransportationThe Charging Point, January 17, 2012)

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Tennessee EV Rebates Going Unclaimed (Ind. Report)
Tennessee EVs
Date: 2012-01-16
Less than one-fourth of a $2.5 million state fund to encourage purchases of EVin Tennessee has been claimed since EVs first hit the market last year. So far, the $2,500 rebates have gone to only one brand: the Nissan Leaf which was the only EV scheduled for rollout in the Volunteer State when the program was established in 2010. The Leaf is also the only EV currently approved for a rebate. But the field is changing. The Chevrolet Volt came onto the local scene this past fall, and others are expected. The program works through dealers, so that eligible customers get the rebate as a deduction at the time of purchase.

As of December 31, 2011, 228 rebates were issued for Nissan Leafs, representing $570,000. That left $1.93 million in the fund. To qualify, customers must own a home and take part in what is called the EV Project, which will collect data from their home chargers. The funding came from the "petroleum violation escrow' account made up of money the federal government collects from oil companies that can be used only for energy-related projects.

The stated purpose for the rebates was to increase jobs in Tennessee and reduce the amount of tailpipe emissions going into the air. Nissan, which has its Americas headquarters in Franklin, has been building a battery manufacturing plant in Smyrna and will begin manufacturing Leaf cars in Smyrna next year. The rebates end after 1,000 have been approved. Other electric vehicles that are on the way include models from Toyota, Mitsubishi, Ford and BMW. (Source: The Tennessean, January 15, 2012)

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