California ZEV Democratization Initiative Passes State Assembly

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon

Remember when we reported on an initiative to bring ZEV credits and incentives to low-income residents in California? The initiative is two steps away from becoming law.

Autoblog Green reports California State Bill 1275 — otherwise known as the Charge Ahead California Initiative — passed the California Assembly 46 to 23 Wednesday, and is expected to pass through the state’s senate shortly before signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.

The initiative, sponsored by State Senator Kevin de León of Los Angeles, amends the focus of the state’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Project toward middle- and low-income residents by implementing an income cap on ZEV credits. Further, a minimum of $2,500 would be given said residents exchanging an older vehicle for a ZEV such as the Tesla Model S or the upcoming Toyota Mirai, with an additional $1,500 for the act of retirement itself.

The ultimate goals of the initiative are to reduce credits over the long-term as clean technology becomes widespread, while also boosting the population of ZEVs to 1 million by 2023.

Cameron Aubernon
Cameron Aubernon

Seattle-based writer, blogger, and photographer for many a publication. Born in Louisville. Raised in Kansas. Where I lay my head is home.

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  • Jrhmobile Jrhmobile on Aug 29, 2014

    That's entertaining. This has got to be the ultimate in feel-good, do-nothing legislation. Only in California can someone campaign on providing low-income tax breaks on $100,000 cars.

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    • VoGo VoGo on Aug 29, 2014

      @jkross22 jkross, I didn't realize that the US had abdicated control to you and that it was now your decision that the government can no longer set energy policy. Thanks for the clarification? And just for the record, I didn't cast my support for government payouts to people to buy cars. I only pointed out that the comments around helping the poor afford $100K cars were off the mark.

  • Flybrian Flybrian on Aug 29, 2014

    To think that California was one the pride of this country.

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    • Exfordtech Exfordtech on Sep 02, 2014

      @stuki In regard to the destination of that loot, ummm not really. While the actual number of federal dollars going to those states may be high (I'll grant you DC), they (as is true of most blue states) actually pay more in Federal taxes than they receive in tax distributions. Ironically in essence they tend to subsidize the majority of red states.

  • Duaney Duaney on Aug 29, 2014

    Business's are fleeing CA due to the high tax and regulatory problems, this just adds fuel to the fire of CA going broke, the added load of charging EV's to a already insufficient power supply will help bring on the brown outs, CA is the classic example of the lunatics running the asylum.

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    • Drzhivago138 Drzhivago138 on Aug 30, 2014

      @VoGo "...because you have no Social Security number, you pay no tax..." Right, and while you're in California, you're apparently paying no sales tax on anything? Or gas tax, if you decide to drive? Social Security is not the be-all and end-all of tax collection. Also: "Don't mention whales to my dad, he'll go right off." "Damn whales! Livin' off the gubmint! Takin our jerbs!"

  • Jkross22 Jkross22 on Aug 29, 2014

    Know what else is even more green than this? Encouraging less consumption.

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    • Darkwing Darkwing on Aug 30, 2014

      @Master Baiter It identifies as rain. Don't be a h8r, yo.