California considers re-focusing EV incentives on low-income “petrol.”

California is considering targeting its EV incentives to low-income drivers who use excessive amounts of fossil fuels.

The California Assembly Transportation Committee passed a bill last week, reported by AB 2816. Green Car Congress— The California Air Resources Board (CARB), the state’s emissions regulator, directs incentives based on the amount of petrol or diesel consumed by the driver, and more to lower-income applicants.

If passed in full California assembly, this new incentive system will take effect in 2024.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

The amount of fuel used by an applicant’s vehicle will be calculated based on the mpg data available for a given model and odometer readings.

The framework is based on the concept of “petrol super users” described by advocacy group Coltura in a 2021 report. The report states that one in 10 drivers in the United States burns 32% of gasoline in a U.S. light-duty vehicle, which is estimated to be more than 60% of the combined gasoline users.

At least one other state has focused on re-focusing EV incentives on these “super users”. Washington state legislators recently approved a 450,000 budget allocation to study the largest gasoline users. The lawmakers’ goal is to persuade these drivers to switch to EV, how much fossil fuels they will be displaced from, and how much money these drivers will save on other questions.

Nissan Leaf is charging Evigo Fast Charger in Baker, California

Nissan Leaf is charging Evigo Fast Charger in Baker, California

Low-income people can use operating savings from EVs vs. gasoline – first they need a little help to afford it. Used-EVs have become much harder than before due to rising prices.

In order to combat climate change, it is important to push EVs beyond the reach of early adopters. A 2020 study found that electric cars were already 95% cleaner than petrol cars in the world. Unlike gasoline or diesel vehicles, the lifetime carbon emissions of EVs tend to be better as the grid mix shifts to renewable energy.

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