PCE expands EV rebate program on heels of Newsom’s 2035 mandate

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Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) is expanding its electric vehicle rebate program following Gov. Gavin Newsom’s call for all new vehicles sold in the state to be zer0-emission by 2035.

PCE’s 2020 New EV Rebate Program will offer rebates of $1,000 towards the cost of a new fully electric vehicle (with a purchase contract cash price of $45,000 or less before sales tax) and $700 for a plug-in hybrid purchased by San Mateo County residents between Oct. 1 through Dec. 31.  PCE is also providing $200 rebates toward renting an EV and assistance in setting up at-home or at-dealership test drives.

The 2020 program is limited to residents who have not previously purchased or leased an EV. The rebate is limited to one per person and two per household.

The new rebate program expands on programs in 2019 and 2018 to allow San Mateo County residents to purchase from a wider range of vehicle models and from sellers outside of the county, including online sellers.

“These rebates will encourage hundreds of new car buyers to choose a cleaner vehicle and also raise awareness and consideration for those who are looking ahead to their next vehicle purchase down the line,” Peninsula Clean Energy CEO Jan Pepper said. “By choosing electric vehicles, we can all help make a sizable dent in transportation-sector greenhouse gas emissions, which is by far the biggest contributor to climate change in San Mateo County, and do our part in helping California’s planned transition from gasoline-powered vehicles.”

Applications and other details are available here.

In addition to encouraging new car buyers to choose EVs, PCE recently launched the EV Ready Program, a $28 million effort to install 3,500 EV charging ports over four years at San Mateo County commercial workplaces, multi-family dwellings and other public locations.

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