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Learn about tax credits, rebates, and assistance programs at December 9 workshop

Berkeley, California (Thursday, November 19, 2020) - Sign up now for a December 9 webinar about electric cars, which are fun to drive, reduce carbon emissions, go farther than ever on a charge, and offer options for every budget and commute.

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.

Free online workshop Wednesday, December 9, 5:30pm

The "Electric Cars 101" workshop is intended to help you find the right plug-in car for your lifestyle. Presenters will cover:

  • the variety of new and used vehicles on the market
  • home and public charging
  • rebates and incentives
  • buying and leasing
  • programs for income qualified drivers

There will be plenty of time for questions. Register in advance for this free, online event.

Tax credit and rebates make electric vehicles more affordable

A federal tax credit 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 Climate Action Plan, which seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050, and supports the City's Strategic Plan goal to "be a global leader in addressing climate change, advancing environmental justice, and protecting the environment."

 Sign up for the Electric Cars 101 workshop to explore how electric cars can help you save money, improve your commute, clean the air, and fight climate change.


Tax credits, rebates, and assistance programs for income-qualified drivers


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