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ONLINE WORKSHOPS ON ELECTRIC CARS AND E-BIKES IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH
Explore benefits of electric vehicles and learn about tax credits, rebates, and assistance programs

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, September 23, 2020) - Learn about the many benefits of electric cars and e-bikes at a series of online workshops highlighting the benefits of zero-emission transportation. At these events, you’ll get to talk to electric car owners and e-bike riders, see a virtual vehicle tour, and hear about the many incentive and rebate programs that make plug-in cars more affordable.

Electric vehicles have significant environmental, economic, and political impacts: these cars reduce carbon emissions as well as dependence on foreign oil. Unlike early models, today’s electric vehicles offer a significant range, options for every budget, and the convenience of charging at home, work, or on the road.

Weeklong event series starts Saturday

The workshop series, a celebration of National Drive Electric Week, kicks off Saturday with “Electrify Your Ride,” where you’ll hear from electric vehicle owners about their experience, see models of electric cars and e-bikes, and preview not-yet-released vehicles.

For those ready to take the plunge, Wednesday’s “Electric Cars 101” covers home and public charging, rebates and incentives, and special programs for income qualified drivers. A Spanish-language workshop on Sunday, October 4 highlights financial assistance programs that put electric vehicle ownership within reach for more families.

All events are held online and free to attend. Registration is required.

Rebates and tax credits make electric vehicles more affordable

Federal tax credits and rebates from the State of California and PG&E make electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids more affordable to purchase or lease. For income qualified drivers, various programs help further reduce the costs of buying or leasing a new or used plug-in or hybrid car through grants, financing, and help with installing home charging stations.

Electric vehicles are key to meeting climate goals

Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gases locally, statewide, and nationally. Reducing the carbon impact of vehicles primarily requires reducing car trips, which Berkeley supports through a variety of strategies, including improving access to transit with programs like bike share and one-way vehicle share.

The City’s recently adopted Electric Mobility Roadmap identifies goals to create a fossil fuel-free transportation system that integrates with and supports our ongoing efforts to increase walking, biking, and public transportation, and ensures equitable access to the benefits of clean transportation.

For those who have to drive, electric vehicles, with zero tailpipe emissions, help our climate and improve local air quality. Increasing electric vehicle use is a key strategy of Berkeley's voter-inspired Climate Action Plan, which seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050, and supports City’s Strategic Plan goal to “be a global leader in addressing climate change, advancing environmental justice, and protecting the environment.”

Sign up for a workshop to explore and better understand how electric cars and e-bikes can help you save money, improve your commute, clean the air, and fight climate change.

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