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Government subsidies/perks/mandates for EVs

Mon Dec 09, 2019 6:50 pm

Hopefully this general topic will serve as a catch-all for all related posts in the future.

GCR:
Connecticut aiming to revise EV incentive for low-income households
https://www.greencarreports.com/news/11 ... households

The incentives that many states have provided to plug-in vehicle buyers have for the most part been a success; though they’ve also in many cases been a learning experience

Connecticut is a good example, and the state is in the middle of a revamp of its program, called the Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate (CHEAPR). The state has provided nearly $10 million in funding, from various sources, to CHEAPR, which includes dealers in the process, and it’s issued more than 5,600 point-of-sale rebates, including 2,600 for fully electric vehicles.

Like many state incentives it’s been criticized for mostly subsidizing Tesla purchases for those who could already afford them—from programs that often have limited funding that does run out.

The answer to that, in the draft version of the Electric Vehicle Roadmap for Connecticut filed in October, is an additional component that’s only accessible to those in a particular income range.

What’s proposed in the state roughly parallels what’s been enacted in Oregon, California, Maryland, and Georgia. California’s has been recently restructured and includes an income cap, as does Oregon’s. Neighboring New York has a Drive Clean Rebate of up to $2,000 for the purchase or lease of an EV, and Massachusetts’s state program ran into funding issues earlier this fall.

In Connecticut there was already growing concern—and action taken—over the idea that the rebates aren’t going to where they will do the most in influencing buyer behavior or household vehicle choice. It’s lowered the maximum sticker price in several steps, from $60,000 initially to $50,000 in October 2018 to $42,000 on October 15, 2019.

It’s also lowered the amount of the rebate for BEVs, which it controversially gives a higher rating for long-range vehicles: $1,500 for vehicles with more than 200 miles of range, versus $500 for those with less than that. In all—and despite these adjustments—47 percent of all rebates issued to those buying battery-electric vehicles went to those buying the Tesla Model 3.

Other states with incentives added for low- and moderate-income buyers include Maine and Vermont, while the draft report singled out two West Coast states as a model: “One area worthy of further exploration by the CHEAPR Board is inclusion of a supplemental rebate for low-income residents purchasing an EV, pending income verification. California and Oregon offer $2,000 and $2,500, respectively, to qualifying low-income residents purchasing EVs, in addition to each state’s base rebate amount.”

In California, a revamped incentive system now includes both a upper-income cap and a “booster” for buyers who are in low-income households. A survey of those who received the low-income rebate found 62 percent indicating that they wouldn’t have purchased the vehicle without such a rebate.

The Connecticut program, when it’s fully revealed (expected this month), will likely also include incentives toward the purchase of used EVs, according to the Energy News Network—long considered to be an important component to such programs, as it expands to include those who can’t afford a new car. . . .
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Re: Government subsidies/perks for EVs

Mon Dec 23, 2019 7:06 pm

GCC:
CARB holding public meeting to consider policy options to increase ZEV use
https://www.greencarcongress.com/2019/1 ... rbzev.html


The California Air Resources Board (CARB or Board) will conduct a public meeting 23 January 2020 to consider policy recommendations to increase the use of Zero-Emission Vehicles (ZEV) per Senate Bill (SB) 498. CARB staff will present the policy recommendations identified in the draft report “Assessment of CARB’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Programs per Senate Bill 498” at the meeting. . . .

The report identifies eight policy areas to increase ZEV adoption and use, which support California Governor Newsom’s recently issued Executive Order N-19-1910—outlining a number of actions that California State agencies must take to reduce GHG emissions—and would either require or benefit from legislative action. These policy recommendations are meant to grow the ZEV market through:

  • Incentives and pricing strategies
    Lower fuel costs
    ZEV refueling infrastructure
    Local policies
    Fleet adoption
    Outreach and education
    Workforce development
    Program flexibility
The Board will consider public comments on the policy recommendations prior to submitting the report to the legislature.
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Re: Government subsidies/perks for EVs

Mon Dec 23, 2019 8:49 pm

The purpose was to sell more EVs, to prime the system. That meant making them more attractive to people who were actually in a position to buy a new car. Ever-more-complex requirements don't really send a strong signal. It's nearing time to let these programs retire anyway, imho. The vehicles are good enough on their own now. And continued subsidies may be counter-productive.
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Re: Government subsidies/perks for EVs

Tue Jan 14, 2020 5:07 pm

IEVS:
China Abandons Plan To Lower EV Subsidies Again In 2020
https://insideevs.com/news/392725/china ... dies-2020/

. . . The Chinese government announced that there will be no significant cut in New Energy Vehicle incentives in 2020, after the previous round of the phase-out caused the market to shrink in the second half of 2019.

Plug-in electric car sales have been falling every month (year-over-year) since July, when subsidies were cut in half (24,750 yuan / roughly $3,500+) and limited only to vehicles with an NEDC range of at least 250 km (155 miles).

Because of that, NEV sales - instead of maybe reaching 2 million - went down from 1.3 million in 2018 to 1.2 million in 2019. . . .

The government and the automotive industry clearly does not want to deepen the decline and promised not to cut the subsidies in July 2020 again. Maybe there will be some cuts in 2020, but "no significant" ones. . . .

It's not clear yet whether the previous plan to complete the phase-out in 2021 is still valid or will be simply delayed to "stabilize market expectations".

The government might not have a choice as the weak sales results by many EV companies in China were a very worrying sign, especially for young startups.
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Re: Government subsidies/perks for EVs

Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:19 am

GRA wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 5:07 pm
The government might not have a choice as the weak sales results by many EV companies in China were a very worrying sign, especially for young startups.

With the huge number of auto companies in China, both EV and ICE, some consolidation is probably a good thing.
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Re: Government subsidies/perks/mandates for EVs

Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:28 pm

Decided to modify the topic title to include mandates, and am moving a couple of other posts here:

IEVS:
Oxford Plans Zero-Emission Zone In City Center
https://insideevs.com/news/391970/oxfor ... ions-city/

One step further than London's ULEZ, the ZEZ will charge any car that isn't electric.

Drivers of petrol, diesel or hybrid cars could find themselves being charged to drive through Oxford city center before the end of 2020.

Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council have published final draft proposals for the UK’s first zero-emission zone (ZEZ), which could go live as early as December 1. Under the scheme, any car that does not meet the council’s definition of “zero-emission” would be charged £10 to drive in a ‘red zone’ in the city center between 7am and 7pm.

The council’s definition of zero-emission, however, does not limit drivers to electric cars. Hydrogen-powered vehicles would also be accepted free of charge, while plug-in hybrid cars capable of at least 70 miles on a single charge and emissions lower than 50 g of CO2 per kilometer will be exempt from the charge, too. Unfortunately, no such plug-in hybrid cars are currently on the market. . . .

Until 2024, disabled ‘Blue Badge’ holders will get free access to the zone, as will vehicles registered to businesses within the zone. Until 2030, those who live inside the zone will get 90 percent off their fee.

From 2021 or 2022, the council is also considering a so-called ‘green zone’ surrounding the ‘red zone’, which covers just a handful of streets in the city center. The green zone will operate much more like London’s ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ), with petrol cars will be charged to enter the zone unless they meet the Euro 4 emissions standard, while diesels will have to meet the Euro 6 standard to enter free of charge. . . .

But the plans do not have universal approval, with the Freight Transport Association (FTA) describing the system as a “tax on vital commercial vehicles”.

“The FTA is calling for Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council to reconsider their plans to restrict non-zero emission commercial vehicles operating within areas of the city,” said Rebecca Kite, the FTA’s environment policy manager. “It is simply too soon to implement such a punitive scheme; there are currently no zero-emission trucks on the market, and very limited options for vans. And without a workable definition for an Ultra Low Emission Truck, the scheme is effectively a tax on essential freight vehicles.”

This is the approach I'd prefer to see used here in California to incentivize ZEVs, rather than SO HOV stickers. ISTM the easiest way to implement this is by using Fastrak transponders which are already widely used (in the Bay Area at least) for bridge and HOT tolls, modified to prevent them from being hacked and to show when a PHEV is running on battery, eliminating any requirement for a specific minimum AER.


ABG:
Rome bans all diesel vehicles to combat rising smog
Oil companies accused the city council of overreacting
https://www.autoblog.com/2020/01/14/rom ... rs-trucks/


Rome banned all diesel vehicles from its roads for the first time on Tuesday to try to combat rising pollution, with numerous other cities in central and northern Italy also imposing curbs to cut harmful emissions.

A prolonged period of sunny weather with no rain and little wind has triggered dozens of smog alerts across the country.

Rome city council banned diesel cars, vans and motorbikes during peak hours on Tuesday, with the worst polluting vehicles barred from the streets from dawn to dusk.

The local transport authority said the order would affect around one million vehicles, angering oil companies, who accused the city council of overreacting.

Italy has a permitted limit for fine particle pollution (PM10) of 50 micrograms per cubic meter. Some areas of Rome have exceeded that level — above which air quality is considered a potential health hazard — in 10 of the past 12 days.

Pollution levels have also risen sharply in a string of other cities, including Milan, Turin, Florence, Piacenza, Parma, Reggio Emilia and Modena, forcing local authorities there also to restrict drivers.

However, Rome was the only city to outlaw all diesel vehicles, drawing the ire of the Italian association of oil companies. . . .
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Re: Government subsidies/perks/mandates for EVs

Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:10 pm

ABG:
EV buyers in New Jersey to get tax rebates up to $5,000, PHEVs included
The measure has passed the Legislature and now goes to the governor
https://www.autoblog.com/2020/01/15/new ... ax-rebate/

. . . EV purchases would earn a $5,000 rebate for models with 200 miles of range or better. For EVs with less range, the rebate would be pro-rated at $25 per mile. The PHEV rebates are the same $25 per mile, and are also based on electric range. The PHEV incentive sunsets after 2022. Vehicles priced above $55,000 would be ineligible for the incentives. The bill also provides $500 to offset the purchase price of an in-home charger, and spurs development of public chargers as well.

According to Energy.gov, New Jersey's proposed rebate would put the Garden State ahead of Colorado, giving it the most generous maximum state incentive in the nation . New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is expected to sign the bill into law.
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Re: Government subsidies/perks/mandates for EVs

Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:31 pm

^^^ GCC:
NJ Governor signs legislation establishing goals and incentives for increased use of plug-ins and charging infrastructure
https://www.greencarcongress.com/2020/0 ... 18-nj.html

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation (S2252) that establishes goals and incentives for the increased use of plug-in electric vehicles (BEV and PHEV) and infrastructure in New Jersey. (Earlier post.) The bill also codifies the Murphy Administration’s goal of 330,000 registered light-duty electric vehicles by 2025 and directs state-owned light-duty vehicles to be electric by 2035.

The bill also specifies that at least 2 million of the total number of registered light duty vehicles in the state be plug-in electric vehicles by 31 December 2035, and that at least 85% of all new light duty vehicles sold or leased in the state be plug-in electric vehicles by 31 December 2040.

The legislation directs the Department of Environmental Protection and Board of Public Utilities to establish goals for the electrification of medium and heavy-duty vehicles. Additionally, NJ TRANSIT will move toward zero emission bus purchases by 2032. . . .

The legislation creates a “Light Duty Plug-in Electric Vehicle Rebate Program” to encourage the purchase of light-duty plug-in electric vehicles over a ten-year period. The rebates will provide up to $5,000 per vehicle and will be funded by approximately $30 million from the Clean Energy Fund each year. The bill authorizes the use of Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative funds as well.

Additionally, the bill grants the Board of Public Utilities the authority to also establish an incentive program for the purchase and installation of in-home electric vehicle charging equipment up to $500 per person. The bill authorizes BPU to deposit monies from the Clean Energy Fund into the newly established Plug-In Electric Vehicle Fund for these incentives in addition to the $30 million for the vehicle rebates.
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Re: Government subsidies/perks/mandates for EVs

Tue Jan 28, 2020 7:54 pm

GCC:
CA targets off-road equipment for GHG reductions with $44M CORE voucher project
https://www.greencarcongress.com/2020/0 ... -core.html

The California Air Resources Board will launch its Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE) at the Port of San Diego on 31 January. The new $44-million voucher project is designed to accelerate deployment of zero-emission off-road freight equipment used at goods-movement hubs, including ports, distribution centers, airports, and rail freight yards by bringing the cost of purchasing such equipment down. . . .

Businesses interested in buying or leasing clean, heavy-duty, off-road equipment through CORE can receive point-of-sale vouchers of up to $500,000 per vehicle/piece of equipment. Additional funding is available for facilities that deploy clean technology in communities overburdened by pollution and for infrastructure connections.

State-of-the-art heavy equipment that qualifies for CORE vouchers—including electric terminal tractors, railcar movers and transport refrigeration units—will be on display at the kickoff event.

CORE is a California Air Resources Board project, administered by clean transportation accelerator CALSTART and funded through proceeds from California Climate Investments.
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Re: Government subsidies/perks/mandates for EVs

Tue Feb 04, 2020 6:44 pm

GCC:
EC approves €300M boost in state funding in Germany for electric bus subsidies; €650M total
https://www.greencarcongress.com/2020/0 ... -ecde.html


. . . The German aid scheme will apply until the end of 2021 and is intended to cover the additional costs for the purchase of electrically operated or rechargeable hybrid buses instead of conventional diesel buses and the establishment of the charging infrastructure required to operate these buses. . . .

Public transport companies must also ensure that their electric and plug-in hybrid buses are powered by electricity from renewable energy sources. . . .


ABG:
UK plans to ban new internal-combustion cars by 2035 at latest
Doomsday for gasoline, diesel, and even hybrids arrives five years earlier
https://www.autoblog.com/2020/02/04/uk- ... g-in-2035/

. . . The plan is subject to consultation, and the cutoff date could be moved even earlier "if a faster transition was feasible."

The UK's new deadline, though, already is one of the most ambitious in Europe. Norway — which has embraced EVs — has a stated goal that all new cars should be EVs by 2025, but it's not a ban. France wants to end sales of fossil-fuel cars by 2040. And some cities have proposed banning them from city centers starting in 2025.

The UK government in 2018 said it planned to outlaw the sale of gasoline and diesel new cars and vans starting in 2040, but that proposal still permitted ultra-low-emissions hybrids. The new proposal not only moves the date five years closer, it permits only zero-emissions vehicles.

According to Autocar, EVs represented just 1.6% of new-car sales in Britain in 2019. Gasoline-powered vehicles took a 64.8% share of the market, while diesels accounted for 25.2% of new-car sales.
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