Oroville Mercury-Register

Rebates to buyers of pre-owned electric cars available

As much as $4,000 also available to those who lease

- By Ed Booth ebooth@chicoer.com

In an effort to make electric vehicles more affordable, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. will distribute more than $78 million to California drivers who purchase or lease pre-owned electric vehicles.

Current PG&E electric customers may qualify to receive a $1,000 or $4,000 rebate, based on household income, when purchasing or leasing an eligible preowned all-electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid EV. The program receives its funding from the California Air Resources Board’s Low-Carbon Fuel Standard, an initiative designed to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.

The rebate program has no effect on PG&E customers’ rates.

Nearly 500,000 electric vehicles have been sold in PG&E’s service area, representi­ng one in seven electric vehicles in the country. As part of the 2030 targets outlined in PG&E’s Climate Strategy Report released in 2022, the company is preparing the grid to quickly and safely provide power to at least 3 million electric vehicles — or about 12,000 GWh of EV-related electric load.

Mike Gazda, a PG&E media relations representa­tive, said the company seeks to increase its grid capabiliti­es using a long-term plan.

“We’re prioritizi­ng grid readiness and proactivel­y building grid capacity to accommodat­e new EV demand through a multi-year grid investment plan,” he said. Gazda added that in order for PG&E’s investment to be viable, the company said there will need to be further policy and funding support from state and federal government­s.

“To be successful, our efforts also depend upon the continued EV market accelerati­on and innovation, as well as collaborat­ion on research and developmen­t of next-generation technology, and its deployment,” Gazda said.

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