In his weekly column today, dissing California’s “green revolution,” The Union’s weekly George Boardman wrote: “State Senator Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, proposed earlier this year to eliminate state tax credits for cars costing more than $40,000. ‘It’s hard for the average Californian to understand why someone buying a $100,000 car should get a rebate,’ he said. As the saying goes, the measure was DOA.”
But the idea wasn’t “DOA.” What Boardman left out — for whatever reason — was that a state plan has been in the works for California to set restrictions on the rebates for electric cars and plug-in hybrids. It would have required minimal research to set the record straight for The Union’s readers.
As the website of the California Air Resources Board points out: “Several changes to CVRP (Clean Vehicle Rebate Project) will go into effect approximately four to six months from the approval date, including the following: Income cap for higher-income consumers. Increased rebate levels for low- and moderate-income consumers.”
I picked up the phone — something Boardman could have done — to get more information about this program, having recalled articles about the restrictions in The Chronicle and L.A. Times (but not The Union). CARB said:
“Regarding your questions, what are the changes to the CVRP and when will they take effect? The changes (expected to take effect in early 2016) include an income cap and increased rebates for low-and moderate-income consumers.
“A description of those changes starts on Page 27 of the plan, which was adopted as proposed: http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/aqip/fundplan/proposed_fy15-16_funding_plan.pdf
“Here’s a link to our press release from June, when the Board adopted the funding plan: http://bit.ly/1J8slKl
“The Center for Sustainable Energy administers that program and that website has lots of good information on the program, too. Here’s a link that talks about changes: https://cleanvehiclerebate.org/eng/information-fiscal-year-2015-16-income-limit-changes And a more direct link:
In addition, in today’s column, Boardman is responsible for another error of omission in his ideological rant against electric cars and hybrids — and the “green revolution,” for that matter.
In this case, Boardman just focuses on owners of high-end Tesla cars as benefitting from the rebates.
But he ignored all the other electric cars/hybrids that are on the road, from Cadillac, Chevy, Ford, Fiat, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Smart, Toyota and VW. “For example, the Chevrolet Spark EV can currently be leased from $139 per month for 39 months with $0 due at signing. If you prefer more range, deals have never been better on plug-in hybrids,” as CarsDirect.com wrote this summer.
George missed a golden opportunity to inform and educate his readers with his weekly column, choosing to be an ideologue instead. I wonder if The Union management is even reading his column.