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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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WWF Scotland Calls for £10,000 EV Subsidy (Int'l, Ind. Report)
WWF Scotland
Date: 2011-12-02
SCOTS EV purchasers should be given a £10,000 subsidy, WWF Scotland said yesterday. WWF Scotland said the number of plug-in EV on the country's roads needs to rise to 300,000 by 2020 to meet the Government's climate change targets. Currently only 2500 of the UK's 28 million cars are powered by electricity. The organization also called for all public fleet vehicles to be electric by 2020.

The governments of Scotland's Powering Ahead report said the Scottish government should give EV purchasers a £5000 subsidy - on top of £5000 grant already available from the UK Government. Transport minister Keith Brown said the proposals would play "an important role" in boosting EVs. Brown added "We have already invested more than £8 million to support public bodies in switching to EVs and installing charging points but recognize that more can be done." (Source: Daily Record, December, 2, 2011)

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Big Green Island Sees "Open Source" Clean Transportation Future for Vancouver (Ind. Report)
Big Green Island
Date: 2011-12-02
Electric vehicle ownership in Metro Vancouver is expected to rise to 30,000 vehicles by as early as 2020, spurred on in part by provincial incentives for EVs and EV charging systems that take effect today (Dec. 1st 2011). New EVs are eligible for point-of-purchase incentives of up to $5000, and home charging systems are eligible for a $500 mail-in rebate.

Thousands of new EVs will necessitate the installation of new charging infrastructure and thousands of home garage charging systems. With dozens of charging options available to consumers, Big Green Island's extensive knowledge base and in-depth consultation will educate consumers to make ethical purchase decisions and help save them money.

According to the B.C. government, battery-powered vehicles will cost as little as $300 per year in electricity bills, compared to upwards of $1,500 per year to fuel a gas-powered car. The growth in this industry will also fuel green jobs, as the need for new infrastructure creates business opportunities.

In addition to installing residential chargers, the company has designed a series of clean transportation hubs for local municipalities. These "Big Green Islands" offer a modern-take on the gas station, with community cafes where drivers can sit and talk, have a coffee and check their email while their vehicles charge. (Source: Big Green Island Transportation, December, 1, 2011) Contact: J-M Toriel, President, Big Green Island Transportation,(604)771-4954

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Cuomo Announces NY State EV Truck Incentives (Ind. Report)
New York State
Date: 2011-11-30
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the beginning of a five year electric truck purchasing incentive program that will give vouchers of up to $20,000 per vehicle to buyers who purchase environmentally qualified EVs weighing over 10,000 pounds from any existing manufacturer. The NYSERDA administered program will be funded in the first year by $10 million of federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funding allocated by the New York State DOT.

Governor Cuomo's announcement closely followed a statement by Smith Electric Vehicles, a manufacturer of zero-emission, electric commercial vehicles, about their construction of a new facility in the South Bronx (NYC) that will be completed by 2012. The new site will produce a solar electrical vehicle called the Newton, which operates at up to half the cost of an average diesel vehicle. Newton vehicles already operate in other cities like Los Angeles, London and Hong Kong. PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division, Coca Cola and Duane Reade currently use the Newton in New York City.

Every average diesel truck replaced by an electric vehicle will eliminate 26 tons of greenhouse gases and save 2,228 gallons of fuel each year. The $10 million will provide for at least 450 vehicles, eliminating about 11,700 tons of greenhouse gases and saving over one million gallons of diesel fuel. (Source: Washington Square News, November, 29, 2011)

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British Colombians Offered $5,000 EV Rebate (Ind. Report)
British Columbia,EV
Date: 2011-11-29
After years of planning and preparation, incentives for the purchase EVs by British Colombians will go into effect on December 1, 2011. Residents will receive point-of-sale incentives of up to $5,000 per eligible "clean energy vehicle." Unlike U.S. EV purchasers who receive a federal $7,500 incentive in the form of a tax credit, British Columbia residents will receive an immediate discount on the purchase of an EV.The final price (including all available incentives) will be indicated on the sticker of eligible vehicles on dealer lots, making it easier for consumers to understand the transaction.

Mail-in rebates of up to $500 for qualifying EV charging equipment will also be available on Dec. 1, 2011. The mail-in rebate and will expire in March 2013 or when funding is depleted.

The province of Ontario offers rebates ranging from $5,000 to $8,500 to individuals, businesses and organizations that purchase or lease a new plug-in vehicle. The rebates are available to the first 10,000 qualified applicants. Ontario officials hope to see five percent of the vehicles on its roads electric by 2020.(Source: Plug In Cars, November, 28, 2011) Contact: Live Smart BC, www.livesmartbc.ca/incentives/transportation/index.html

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SF Bay Area Launches EV Strategic Council, $5M EV Infrastructure (Ind. Report)
San Franciasco Bay EV
Date: 2011-11-14
San Francisco Bay Area elected and business leaders announced today the launch of a CEO-level EV Strategic Council -- along with over $5 million in new funding -- to ensure that the Bay Area becomes the "EV Capital of the U.S." The Bay Area EV Strategic Council aims to develop the infrastructure needed for an expected influx of new EV. The group also announced a package of regional grants and initiatives including:

  • $1.5 million from the California Energy Commission, supplemented by $2.5 million in local public and private funds, to install over 300 new public EV chargers.
  • $700,000 from the U.S. DOE, the California Energy Commission and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) to complete regional EV Strategic Plans encompassing 12 counties in the San Francisco Bay and Monterey Bay regions.
  • Publication of Ready, Set, Charge, California! A Guide to EV-Ready Communities through a $625,000 grant administered by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), the EV Communities Alliance, and the Bay Area Climate Collaborative to support Bay Area and South Coast cities in becoming EV-ready.
  • $546,097 RFG settlement funding grant for an EV car sharing pilot program which City CarShare administered by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District covering the purchase of 10 new plug-in Toyota Prius vehicles and an outreach campaign to the members of City CarShare on the benefits of EV use. (Source: Bay Area EV Strategic Council, November, 10, 2011) Contact: Rafael Reyes, Bay Area EV Strategic Council, (408) 409-5534,rreyes@baclimate.org

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  • B.C. Offers $17M in Green Car Incentives (Funding)
    BC Electric Vehicles
    Date: 2011-11-07
    Starting in December, B.C. drivers will be eligible for $5,000 off the sticker price of EVs, PHEVs, and CNGs. Under the program, there will be a pot of about $17 million in funding incentives to encourage the scrapping of high-polluting, gas guzzlers and the purchase of clean-energy vehicles. Of the funds, about $2.5 million will go toward the BC Scrap-It program. Homeowners who install dedicated charging stations will also qualify for a rebate of up to $500 per station. Another $6 million will go toward funding new charging stations and upgrades to hydrogen-fuelling stations at existing facilities.

    B.C. is also attracting companies that are developing the green technology needed to run vehicles. In March, Mercedes-Benz Canada announced it was building a plant in Burnaby to manufacture fuel-cell stacks for hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles. (Source: The Province, November, 5, 2011)

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    Proton Developing REEV; Calls for Malaysian EV Incentives (Ind. Report)
    Proton Holdings,Lotus
    Date: 2011-11-07
    In Malaysia, Proton Holdings Bhd hopes the government will look into an incentive policy or offer rebates for EV purchases to spur Malaysians to move to EVs. Citing examples, a Proton official pointed out that the US government provided a $7,500 tax credit, the Chinese government provided subsidies of up to $8,800 for the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles, and the UK Plug-in Car Grant offered a 25 percent discount to a maximum £5,000 for a new car.

    Proton's Green Project Team is working with the UK-based Frazer-Nash Research Ltd to develop the Proton Saga EV and Proton Exora Extended Range EV (REEV), which are expected to roll out in the first half of 2013.

    The Persona EV is a plug-in hybrid with an on-board charger and grid charging capability. It will be powered by the Campro turbo engine and be produced in China as part of Proton's collaboration with Beijing-based Hawtai Motor Group Ltd. The other model is Proton Exora.

    Proton's wholly owned subsidiary, Lotus, has secured £10.4 million from the Regional Growth Fund Grants from the British government.(Source: Proton, November, 5, 2011)Contact: Ahmad Suhaimi Bin Mohamed Anuar, CEO, Proton Motors, +60 (3) 5191-1055,www.proton.com

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    Beijing Waives License Plate Lottery for EV Purchasers (Int'l, Ind. Report)
    Chine Electric Vehicles
    Date: 2011-10-28
    To promote the use of EVs in Beijing, EV buyers will not have to go through the license plate lottery that applies to other than EV purchasers.

    In 2010, over 700,000 new cars were sold in Beijing, bringing the capital city's total number of cars to more than 4.7 million, according to statistics from the Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport. To control the number of cars in the crowded city, as of January 1, 2011, Beijing auto buyers must obtain license plates by drawing lots before they can purchase a vehicle. Beijing issues only 17,600 license plates each month. Although 35,200 people won the right to buy a car in the first two monthly drawings, only a small number of them have actually purchased one. (Source: China.org, October, 27, 2011)

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