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Incentives can Ensure Electric Cars are Affordable for All

By signing AB8 (Perea) and SB359 (Corbett), Governor Brown has a critical opportunity to make electric cars affordable for all, cut air pollution, and boost the economy. These bills will extend California’s existing, highly successful rebate program for clean cars and trucks. Accelerating the transition from oil to electricity benefits all Californians through cleaner air, lower fuel bills and more jobs.

Record breaking sales in August confirm that Californians are clamoring for plug-in electric cars. Californians understand from 50 years of environmental leadership that cleaner air, lower energy bills and a stronger economy all go hand-in-hand. As early adopters, Californians also understand that prices of new technology come down rapidly with volumes. The internet, solar energy, and hybrids all started with the help of government support and now all Californians, and indeed all Americans, are benefiting.

This same success story is being repeated with electric cars. Prices are falling rapidly. GM and Nissan have reduced their prices by at least $5,000 from their first models, spurring record sales. This year, sales nationally are expected to increase five fold since the electric car debuted in 2011.

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This early market success bodes well for the future. But it’s important to remember that less than 2 percent of vehicles sold are electric. To meet clean air goals, California’s target is 1.5 million electric cars on the road by 2025.

California suffers from the worst air pollution and some of the higher gas prices in the nation, with low-income households the hardest hit. Investing in electric vehicles is a smart investment for the state because it will pay for itself many times over in avoided health care and fuels costs.


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