evchels wrote: CARB is also considering boosting the CVRP rebate for FCVs because they're so expensive, which would be magnified if applied to a lease as cap cost reduction. (I can only imagine if Tesla had made that case!)
Hydrogen gets numerous regulatory benefits that battery electrics won't share:
It has been proposed to reduce the CA Battery EV rebate to $2000 (from the current $2500) for Fiscal Year 2014-2015, which starts on July 1, 2014.
The hydrogen car state rebate will be $5,000.
The staff (CARB) is proposing to limit lifetime rebates to two for individuals, retroactive.
However, they're also proposing an exemption for anyone who wants to upgrade to an FCEV but has otherwise maxed out their rebates.
Also, as a contingency measure to keep from running out of money, they suggest giving the Executive Officer "the ability to reduce or eliminate rebates for some PHEVs based on all-electric range, if necessary, to help align expected demand with remaining budgetary constraints". No such option to limit hydrogen.
And, of course, the most CARB-ZEV credits for hydrogen cars with 9 credits each, while battery electric cars typically get 3, up to a maximum of 7.
CA ARB will consider the funding plan on June 26. More info here:
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