Riverside Mayor Propose Plug-In California Initiative

Mayor Ronald Loveridge proposal to promote the adoption of plug-in hybrids

Published: 04-Oct-2006

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are an exciting emerging technology because they offer the potential for zero-emission miles, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and improved energy diversity.

There has been tremendous support for Plug-in hybrids recently:

All of these activities have drawn considerable interest and media attention. It is clear that people want these vehicles. But to really drive this technology and the battery improvements that are required, we need a concerted effort rather than these small pockets of activity. And I suggest that this effort be at the state-level so we can put the weight of all the state agencies behind it.

I would like to request that CARB staff work with the appropriate stakeholders, including the Governor's Office, state legislature, auto manufacturers, battery technology entities, state agencies such as the CPUC, CEC, and DGS [California Public Utilities Commission, California Energy Commission, Department of General Services], Plug-in Partners, the electric utilities, environmental groups, and the CAPCOA [California Air Pollution Control Officers Association] members to establish a "Plug-in California" Initiative that will do the following.

1. Establish a state commitment to purchase plug-in hybrid electric vehicles when they are commercially available for all of the state agencies fleets.

2. Establish reduced electric rates to charge these vehicles.

3. Establish incentive mechanisms for the automobiles manufacturers by providing either additional ZEV credits or reduced greenhouse gas credits for the number of plug-in hybrids they produce.

4. Provide consumer incentives to buydown the vehicle's initial higher cost as well as giving HOV lane access to high fuel economy and higher electric range plug-ins.

5. Establish a favorable environment for plug-in hybrid associated businesses here in California; this should include battery technology companies as well as small volume vehicle manufacturers.

6. Dedicate at lest $5 million of the $25 million CARB received through AB 1811 toward the Research, Development, and Demonstration of plug-in hybrids, and leverage these funds to the extent possible with the other activities being conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy, the automobile manufacturers, battery technology firms, Plug-in Partners, and the South Coast AQMD.

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