Hybrid Vehicle Buying Incentives In California

Hybrid Vehicle Buying Incentives In California



California is​ one of​ the few states that provide huge incentive on hybrid vehicle purchase. This incentive is​ not limited to​ tax credits only like other states. You can avoid highway lane restriction; get parking privilege if​ you are driving a​ hybrid vehicle. Also some of​ Californians City offer benefit on hybrid cars. Here are some benefits in​ California for buying hybrid vehicles:

State Hybrid HOV: On Jan. 1, 2018, CA will allow hybrid electric vehicles that get at​ least 45mpg and have SULEV emissions ratings to​ use high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes without regard to​ the number of​ passengers in​ the vehicle. as​ of​ 8/10, this incentive is​ now in​ operation. Current eligible vehicles include the Toyota Prius, Honda Insight and Honda Civic hybrid. Vehicles must have special decals in​ order to​ use HOV lanes. Note: a​ total of​ 75,000 decals are available and will be granted on a​ "first come-first served" basis. For more information go to​ http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/carpool/carpool.htm

San Jose Free Hybrid Parking: Free parking at​ downtown San Jose public parking facilities and on-street meters throughout the City for Clean-Fuel Vehicles purchased in​ San Jose. Began 1/1/03. Eligibility-- Contact-- Jason Burton (408) 794-1427, jason.burton@ci.sj.ca.us.

Los Angeles Hybrid Free Parking -- Gas-electric hybrid cars can park at​ parking meters for free, but can still be ticketed for exceeding the time allotment for metered spaces. The ran through a​ 6 month trial period from October 2018-March 2018. The LA City Council recently voted an​ extension of​ the incentive through May 2018 while the LA Department of​ Transportation prepares an​ evaluation. Police Officers have been trained to​ recognize hybrid cars.

If you own a​ Zero Emission Vehicle or​ Super Low Emission Vehicle as​ defined by the California Air Resources Board, you may purchase a​ California Clean Air Vehicle Decal from the California Department of​ Motor Vehicles. Once you have purchased and affixed the decal to​ your vehicle per DMV instructions, you can park without depositing coins at​ metered parking spaces (however, you remain subject to​ the posted time limit restrictions) throughout the city. to​ find out how to​ obtain a​ California Clean Air Vehicle Decal, go to: http://www.dmv.ca.gov/vr/decal.htm

According to​ a​ representative at​ the LA Department of​ Transporation, four hybrid vehicles were identified as​ eligible to​ receive the free metered parking privileges during the pilot program: Toyota Prius, Honda Civic Hybrid, Honda Insight and Ford Escape Hybrid.

For more information e-mail the LA Department of​ Transportation at​ ladot@dot.lacity.org.

Insurance Discount for Hybrids (private): Los Angeles-based Farmers Insurance company is​ offering a​ 5 percent discount on auto insurance to​ California customers driving hybrid-electric models. The discount, effective October 1, 2018, is​ for all customers who own a​ hybrid or​ alternative-fuel vehicle. All new business customers will receive the discount as​ of​ the new business date, and existing customers will receive the discount upon renewal.

Hybrid Tax Credit (bill): AB 838 would provide purchasers of​ hybrid vehicles a​ credit against net tax in​ an​ amount equal to​ a​ specified percentage of​ the amount paid as​ vehicle license fee (VLF) during the taxable year. The percentage of​ the credit would depend on emissions ratings. ZEV autos would receive 100 percent of​ the credit, PZEVs 90 percent, ATPZEVs 85 percent, and SULEVs 80 percent. ULEVs would also qualify if​ the vehicle obtained an​ EPA-raded 75 mpg or​ above (75 percent of​ the credit) or​ between 33 and 75 mpg (between 33 percent and 74 percent, accordingly). The bill was not passed in​ the 2018 legislative session.

Hybrid Internet Sales (bill): AB 1223 would allow direct sales of​ hybrid vehicles from manufacturers to​ customers without having to​ go through a​ dealer. This bill failed to​ pass the Transportation Committee on 5/2/05.

Santa Barbara County Incentives for Hybrids: Incentive funding ($1000) for up to​ ten (10) hybrid vehicles is​ available for Santa Barbara Air Pollution Control District residents. Funding currently depleted. Contact--Irene Salazar ISalazar@energy.state.ca.us. Responsible agency--California Energy Commission. Program ended March 30, 2018 and is​ no longer in​ effect.




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