Issue 2 | August 2022



Events: National Drive Electric Week (NDEW) in Ventura County

Action Alert: Central Coast ZEV Strategy - We need your input!

Rebates: SCE Quadruples Rebate Offer

News: The Inflation Reduction Act Will Soon Make it Cheaper to Buy EVs…

Events near you…

Sep 25 - Ventura Harbor EV Showcase @ Ventura Harbor from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Sep 27 - Ventura County Government Center EV Ride and Drive @ Government Center from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Sep 29 - Oxnard Farmers’ Market EV Show @ Plaza Park from 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Sep 29 - San Luis Obispo Farmers’ Market Electrify Your Life Showcase @ 1022 Morro St from 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Sept 30 - Santa Maria EV Showcase @ Downtown Santa Maria from 5:30 - 8:30 pm

Oct 1 - San Luis Obispo EV Ride and Drive @ Perfumo Creek Commons from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

National Drive Electric Week
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Take Advantage of EV Rebates

(NEW) SCE Quadruples Rebate Offer: Southern California Edison (SCE) is offering a $4,000 rebate (four times the previous $1,000 rebate amount) to income-qualified customers who buy or lease pre-owned electric vehicles (EVs). To qualify, you must either live in a state-designated, income-qualified household or be enrolled in certain state or federal income assistance programs. Learn more and apply

See a full list of EV rebates and tax credits by ZIP code.

Find Rebates and Incentives

ATTN: Small Businesses and Multi-Family Properties

More than $1 million in incentives remain available for the installation of EV charging stations in Ventura County The CALeVIP South Central Coast Incentive Project provides incentives for the purchase and installation of eligible EV chargers at businesses, non-profits, multifamily properties, and government facilities in Ventura County. As of now, more than $1 million in funding for Level 2 EV chargers remains available. Final rebate amounts are determined by the total eligible project costs. Free technical assistance is available to small businesses and multifamily properties serving disadvantaged or low-income communities. You can learn more and apply here.

ATTN: 1st and 6th Grade Teachers

EV News

These electric vehicles qualify for tax credits under the Inflation Reduction Act (August 19, 2022) — CBS News

President Biden's signing of the Inflation Reduction Act is changing the landscape for Americans interested in buying an electric vehicle. The law replaces a previous tax break for EVs with a new set of credits, although that depends on where a car is assembled.

The Inflation Reduction Act Will Soon Make it Cheaper to Buy EVs—If They Have North American Batteries (August 16, 2022) —Time

Changes to the tax credit language took effect Tuesday afternoon when President Joe Biden signed into law the Inflation Reduction Act, which includes a number of federal provisions aimed at keeping EVs affordable and limiting China’s influence on the supply chain.

Dodge’s first-ever electrified performance vehicle is the Hornet R/T (August 16, 2022) — EV Pulse

Heading to dealerships in Spring 2023, the Dodge Hornet R/T is the brand’s first-ever electrified performance vehicle and the start of Dodge’s journey to electrified performance. The Hornet will be the most powerful and quickest compact SUV available for less than $30,000.

What Should a Nine-Thousand-Pound Electric Vehicle Sound Like? (August 1, 2022) — The New Yorker

E.V.s are virtually silent, so acoustic designers are creating alerts for them. Hans Zimmer, the film composer, was involved in scoring branded sounds for BMW’s Vision M Next car. A symphony—or a cacophony—of car noise could be coming to city streets.

More Americans Would “Definitely” Get Electric Vehicles, Consumer Reports Survey Shows (July 7, 2022) — Consumer Reports

A recent Consumer Reports survey revealed that over 70% of American drivers are interested in buying or leasing an EV, and 14% would “definitely” buy or lease an electric-only vehicle, up from 4% who said the same in a 2020 survey.

GM, Honda are teaming up to build a $30,000 electric car (April 5, 2022) CNN Business

Building a cheap car that is also profitable for the manufacturer is shockingly difficult. Because of the high cost of battery components, it becomes even more difficult if that car is electric. But Honda and General Motors, two of the biggest car companies in the world, believe they can crack the code to producing a low-cost EV. And they want to do it together.

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