Central California based San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is encouraging the use of electric cars by offering Valley residents a $3,000 rebate, according to CBS 47. With combined rebates currently offered from the Federal Government and fuel savings over time, this added value will lower the initial price difference between a gas powered or EV car.
The piece from local CBS channel 47, interviewed Bill Roven, an owner of an all-electric Tesla Roadster. According to Roven, he claims his EV has a 200 mile change that completely charges in 3 to 4 hours and currently spends $20 a month to charge it. Although Roven purchased this vehicle before San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District's $3,000 rebate, he loves this program and thinks purchasing an EV is well worth it: "It's one of those things where you starting thinking about the world and what we're doing it - how could you not? And even if you don't care about the environment you have to realize that the oil is going to run out and that's going to be a major problem so why not do it now?"
If you live in the Valley, you can receive the rebate
Currently, local, state and federal rebates if you live and purchase an EV within San Joaquin Valley will total up to a nice $13,000: up to $3,000 from the county, $2,500 from California, and a $7,500 federal tax credit. With the maximum discount used, CBS gave an example of purchasing two vehicles, a gas powered Toyota Corolla at MSRP $17,720 and an electric powered Mitsubishi i-MiEV. After the $13,000 rebate, based on the current MSRP of $29,975 of the Mitsubishi, the cost would come in less than the Corolla at $16,975.
CBS 47 even gave an example of comparing gas powered to electric powered vehicles. Based on driving 40 miles per day at gas prices set at $3.95/gal which would cost around $150 a month in the Toyota, driving the same distance using current electric rates would cost the owner a maximum of $50 per month. The charge rate might even be less since local power company, PG&E, offers discounted rates if a homeowner installs a separate meter specifically for your EV charger.