New Policies to Help Low-income Drivers get of Polluting Cars and into Cleaner Vehicles

New Policies to Help Low-income Drivers get of Polluting Cars and into Cleaner Vehicles

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Mon, 11/14/2016 - 3:30pm

California Air Resources Board Awards Contract to Luskin Center to Analyze What Works


Attaining California's aggressive air quality and climate change mitigation goals requires getting old, heavily-polluting cars off the road and replacing them with clean vehicles. In June 2015, the Enhanced Fleet Modernization Program (EFMP) Plus-Up pilot program was introduced to better connect retire and replacement incentives and give low-income households in the San Joaquin Valley and Los Angeles areas a greater opportunity to benefit. Low-income households may obtain up to a $12,000 rebate for a zero emission vehicle (ZEV) from the combined rebate programs, as well as up to $2,000 for an electric vehicle charging unit.

 

The Luskin Center for Innovation is supporting a project, sponsored by CARB, to further expand opportunities for low and moderate income households to participate in California's transition to a cleaner transportation future. This work will identify how existing state programs can overcome obstacles to lower-income households obtaining and driving ZEVs, and provide a roadmap for other parts of the state to implement the EFMP Plus-Up or similar programs.

The EFMP Plus-Up Program at work in the San Joaquin Valley.

The EFMP Plus-Up Program at work in the San Joaquin Valley.

Low-income households that participate benefit by reducing their transportation costs and increasing their vehicle's reliability while helping to improve local air quality and support the state's environmental goals. So far, the program has proven wildly popular among residents in the San Joaquin Valley and the South Coast. Over 1,200 households have obtained a new clean vehicle. Continued funding is needed, however, to provide sustainable transportation options to a greater number of lower-income households.

California Air Resources Board Awards Contract to Luskin Center to Analyze What Works