Making an Impact by Going Green in California
If you have been visiting the San Francisco and Los Angeles area, you may notice more charging stations. The city law in both have mandated that at least 10% of the parking spaces in new buildings to be wired for car chargers. It’s a way for the state and local governments to steer Californians to make the switch to an electric car.
State authorities have been coming up with a variety of ways to test electric cars. One idea, introduce electric car sharing programs in low-income neighborhoods in Sacramento and LA and make FREE charging stations available along public streets and in parking garages. Currently LA, is leading the charge of 30 cities with the goal to persuade auto manufactures to build zero emission state vehicles such as police cars, buses, and trash trucks.
To sweeten the deal, state officials have been offering a variety of incentives to get their residents to “go green” and get on the hybrid band wagon. Some incentives include rebates and loan assistance on electric and hybrid cards. Additional assistance will be provided if you are considered a low income buyer. Other ideas include electric car sharing programs, clean farm worker van pools, electric school buses, and vouchers to purchase heavy duty equipment for businesses to buy tractors and bulldozers.
In addition, modest price hikes have been put on the price per gallon to make electric cars a little more competitive in the car shopping arena. The state’s goal is to have 1.5 million electric cars on the road by 2025. Sounds like the space age, doesn’t it? Currently, 340,000 electric cars are registered in California. With another hefty goal in mind, the state is hoping to have lowered greenhouse gas emissions by 40% in 2030 by transitioning to electric cars.