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Low-Income San Diegans to Receive Funding to Buy Electric Vehicles Thanks to Supervisor Fletcher

10/30/19

Low income San Diegans will soon have a reason to get rid of their old gas guzzler and replace it with a low or zero emission vehicle thanks to a proposal Supervisor Nathan Fletcher brought forward on Wednesday.  

Supervisor Fletcher received support from his colleagues to begin implementation of 'Clean Cars 4 All' - a California Air Resources Board cap-and-trade funded program that provides an incentive (approximately $5,000-10,000) for residents in communities disproportionately burdened by pollution to retire their older vehicle and replace it with a low or zero emission vehicle alternative, or receive a voucher for the use of alternative mobility options such as public transit, car sharing, bike sharing or to purchase an electric bicycle. Today’s action authorizes the San Diego Air Pollution Control District (APCD) to secure state funding for the program and implement it. 

"Yet again, San Diego will be putting California Air Resources Board dollars to work through the 'Clean Cars 4 All' program,” said Supervisor Fletcher. “In leveraging my roles as a County Supervisor and a member of the California Air Resources Board, we will be providing incentives to replace higher polluting, older vehicles with clean air vehicles in our communities suffering from the worst air pollution."

The state’s ‘Clean Cars 4 All’ initiative began last year and about $5 million was made available for San Diego County, but the County had not sought the funds. It’s expected another $5 will be available next year. The APCD is expected to start administering the program in late 2020.

This effort by Supervisor Fletcher to draw down state funds builds on his Electric Vehicle Roadmap, which called for doing more to increase the availability and affordability of electric vehicles for low-income San Diegans living in communities with some of the worst air quality.