California Governor Jerry Brown: “Mainstream America” is Now “Promoting Electric Vehicles”

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 5

Mainstream America Gets On Board the EV Train

Mainstream America Gets On Board the EV Train

Last Monday, California Governor Jerry Brown attended an event called “Drive the Dream.”

Can You Get More Mainstream America Than Coca-Cola?  Maybe Baseball...Hot Dogs and Apple Pie?

Can You Get More Mainstream America Than Coca-Cola? Maybe Baseball…Hot Dogs and Apple Pie?

This event—held at the Exploratorium in San Francisco—was organized by the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative.

The purpose was to highlight plug-in vehicles (the BMW i3 made an appearance there alongside a Tesla Model S) and show that California is totally committed to doing everything in its power to ensure that plug-in vehicles have a chance to fully succeed.

Moving on.

Governor Jerry Brown was thrilled by the turnout at the event.  As he stated:

“I remember 35 years ago when solar energy was associated with bean sprouts. This is not alternative any more. BMW, Tesla, Honda, GM: This is impressive. Walgreens, Coke: This is mainstream America promoting electric vehicles.”

At Brown’s side were execs from at least 40 of the US’ top corporations, which is indicative of how mainstream plugging in has become.

At the event, several of the corporations on hand announced charger install plans and some even outlined purchase incentive for its employees.  For example, Bank of America is willing to provide its employees (at least those in the US) with a $3,000 incentive for purchasing a plug-in vehicles.  This author certainly feels that InsideEVs should provide a similar incentive in the near future.

Governor Brown announced at the event that he would sign AB 8, so we consider that to be a done deal now.

Source: Mercury News

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5 responses to "California Governor Jerry Brown: “Mainstream America” is Now “Promoting Electric Vehicles”"

  1. scott moore says:

    Governor Moonbeam becomes governor Sunbeam?

  2. GSP says:

    “This author certainly feels that InsideEVs should provide a similar incentive in the near future”

    ROFLOL. I will second this motion. Good Luck Eric.

    GSP

    PS. In the meantime, take a second look at the prices and incentives already available to you for new and used Volts, Leafs, etc.

    1. Jay Cole says:

      I hear management are notoriously cheap at InsideEVs…but they make up for it by being really good looking and also having a great personality.

  3. We provide employees with electric cars. It might seem like an extravagance, but considering that they save ~ $200 month in fuel bills, it’s like the difference between giving them a $2.30 per hour raise vs. $1.15 per hour raise (what a $199 month lease car costs).

    We also provide free charging at work, so half or more of their commute is free of any fuel cost.

    There are also tax and rebate advantages, and the cars are available to the company for promotions.

    Especially for folks in (any segment of) this industry, it makes a lot of sense to incentivize driving electric.

    If the cars are leased, the capital costs can be negligible. The expense side of the ledger can be more than offset by labor cost savings.

    Best of all, the product knowledge goes way, way up all throughout the organization.