For Immediate Release: February 28, 2013
Media Contact: Alison apRoberts - 916-654-4989


Energy Commission Awards $4.5 Million for Clean Vehicle Rebates
Rebates Will Assist Consumers Purchasing Clean Vehicles

SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission today voted to expand the state's clean-vehicle rebate program with an award of $4.5 million.

"This award will make clean-energy vehicles more affordable for all Californians," said Energy Commission Chair Robert B. Weisenmiller. "Additionally, it builds on a productive partnership of public agencies to help make substantial progress toward a future of clean, sustainable transportation."

The California Air Resources Board will receive $4.5 million through an interagency agreement to provide funding for the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project. This funding will be used to support purchases of light-duty zero-emission electric vehicles and light-duty plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. All vehicles must be capable of freeway operation and certified for at least four passengers. The rebate program is administered by the California Center for Sustainable Energy, which was selected by the Air Resources Board through a competitive bid process.

The California Air Resources Board has issued approximately 18,000 rebates totaling $41 million through its Clean Vehicle Rebate Program. California has accounted for about 40 percent of all purchases of plug-in electric vehicles nationwide during the past two years even though the state only constitutes 10 percent of the national vehicle market.

This award will help to fulfill Governor Brown's executive order of March 2012 that directs state government to support and facilitate the rapid commercialization of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs), with a target of having 1.5 million ZEVs on California roadways by 2025.

Today's award was made through the Commission's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, created by Assembly Bill 118. For the current fiscal year, the program is slated to invest approximately $90 million to encourage the development and use of new technologies, and alternative and renewable fuels, to help the state meet its climate change goals. It is funded through vehicle and boat registration fees, as well as smog check and license plate fees.

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The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. Created by the Legislature in 1974 and located in Sacramento, six basic responsibilities guide the Energy Commission as it sets state energy policy: forecasting future energy needs; licensing thermal power plants 50 megawatts or larger; promoting energy efficiency and conservation by setting the state's appliance and building efficiency standards; supporting public interest energy research that advances energy science and technology through research, development, and demonstration programs; developing renewable energy resources and alternative renewable energy technologies for buildings, industry and transportation; planning for and directing state response to energy emergencies.

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