Legislation calls for $3B in rebates for electric cars in California

The San Diego Union Tribune

California Assembly member Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, says electric cars are the future.

And the future he envisions in a bill making its way through the Legislature comes with a $3 billion price tag.

“If we don’t change the cars we drive, we’re not going to be able to reach (California’s) greenhouse gas reduction goals,” said Ting, who was in San Diego on Wednesday.

Ting has introduced a bill called the California Electric Vehicle Initiative that would set aside $3 billion over 12 years to provide subsidies for motorists who buy cars that qualify under the state’s definition of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs).

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