Drive Clean Ef­fort High­lighted In Na­tional Drive Elec­tric Week

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Na­tional Drive Elec­tric Week is be­ing ob­served Sept. 8 through 16, and the Val­ley Air District is high­light­ing the wide­spread avail­abil­ity, prac­ti­cal­ity and af­ford­abil­ity of to­day’s plugin ve­hi­cles. The District’s Drive Clean in the San Joaquin pro­gram pro­vides Val­ley res­i­dents and busi­nesses with a re­bate of up to $3,000 when pur­chas­ing or leas­ing a bat­tery-elec­tric, or plug-in hy­brid ve­hi­cle.

The San Joaquin Val­ley air basin fails to meet fed­eral, health-based stan­dards for ground-level ozone and par­tic­u­late mat­ter pol­lu­tion. While me­te­o­rol­ogy, geog­ra­phy and to­pog­ra­phy play a key role in the Val­ley’s air pol­lu­tion prob­lems, mo­tor ve­hi­cles are its largest emis­sion source. Since the Air District does not hold reg­u­la­tory au­thor­ity over tail pipe emis­sions, a ro­bust grants and in­cen­tives pro­gram are among its many strate­gies to re­duce air pol­lu­tion and pro­tect pub­lic health in the San Joaquin Val­ley.

Elec­tric ve­hi­cles are less ex­pen­sive to main­tain and more con­ve­nient to fuel than gaso­line ve­hi­cles, are bet­ter for the en­vi­ron­ment, and most im­por­tantly, pro­duce zero emis­sions.

Through the re­bate op­tion of the District’s Drive Clean in the San Joaquin in­cen­tive pro­gram, in­di­vid­u­als or or­ga­ni­za­tions who pur­chase or lease a new, elec­tric or plug-in hy­brid ve­hi­cle, are el­i­gi­ble for re­bates up to $3,000. Ad­di­tional state and lo­cal in­cen­tives of­fer sig­nif­i­cant re­bates be­yond that of­fered by the District.

To learn more and down­load the ap­pli­ca­tion, visit: http:// val­leyair. org/ drive­cleaninthe­san­joaquin/ re­bate/.

Busi­nesses and pub­lic agen­cies are also en­cour­aged to help build the Val­ley’s EV in­fra­struc­ture by in­stalling elec­tric ve­hi­cle charg­ing sta­tions us­ing the District’s Charge Up! Pro­gram. Charge Up! pro­vides grants to or­ga­ni­za­tions that in­stall charg­ing sta­tions on site for pub­lic and em­ployee use. For more in­for­ma­tion on Charge Up!, visit: www. val­leyair.org/chargeup.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call the lo­cal Air District of­fice in Modesto at 209-5576400.

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