Expansion of Central Coast Community Energy launches Electrify Your Ride Program – Discounts for electric vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles, chargers to supply clean transport
New and improved benefits for plan members with qualifying income, home and workplace chargers, fleet vehicles, and cost recovery for charger installation
Monterey, California, November 9, 2021 – Central Coast Community Energy (CCCE) today launched an updated version of its successful Electrify Your Ride energy program, offering CCCE customers access to $ 2.8 million in rebates for electric transportation, including purchase or the rental of new and used electric vehicles (EVs), motorcycles and bicycles. Electrify Your Ride discounts also cover the costs associated with purchasing and installing chargers to power electric vehicles in homes and workplaces, including labor and upgrades or replacing associated electrical panels, as part of a CCCE energy program âreadinessâ measure designed to prepare customers for more than all -electric conversions such as appliances and water heaters.
Most notably, the Electrify Your Ride program meets CCCE clients wherever they are in California’s transition from fossil fuels to clean energy resources by delivering expansive benefits and resources often found in separate programs; all in one place and accessible via a single application. The multiple measures of the program that support this clean energy transition, commonly called electrification Where fuel change, allow customers to choose the stage of this electrification journey that suits them best. Some households or businesses may choose to focus only on the readiness factor and delay larger investments, others may opt for full benefits, but others who are unable to purchase or lease a vehicle can be better served by saving $ 500 to $ 1,000 to purchase an electric bike to get to work.
Transportation is the biggest contributor to the Central Coast’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and the state of California has already pledged to stop selling new gasoline-powered cars starting in 2035. The state faces a difficult climb to meet other GHG emissions targets and the CCCE plays a central role in bringing the communities it serves closer to carbon neutrality.
“The mission of the CCCE is to accelerate the deployment of clean and renewable resources to meet 100% of our customers’ needs by 2030 while investing heavily in local energy programs to reduce local GHGs, reduce costs and improve air quality â, explains Tom Habashi, CEO of CCCE. . âGiving our customers access to essential finance and resources to integrate electrification into their own homes, workplaces and daily lives is what our energy programs are designed to do. “
CCCE rebates for electric vehicles start at $ 1,000 and $ 2,000 for used and new vehicles, respectively, and cap at $ 4,000 for some eligible income applicants. Combined with other regional, state and federal incentives for electric vehicles, participants with eligible incomes can receive nearly $ 15,000 for an electric vehicle. Electrify Your Ride further expands benefits for low-income people by providing rebates on plug-in hybrid vehicles to qualifying applicants only. Discounts on electric motorcycles range from $ 1,000 to $ 2,000 and discounts on electric bikes range from $ 500 to $ 1,000 with an additional $ 100 benefit for purchases made at local bike stores. Discounts on EV charger equipment range from $ 400 to $ 700, with $ 2,000 to $ 4,000 available for recovery of EV charger installation costs, including labor costs . Commercial customers, government agencies and CCCE member organizations are eligible for additional funding to accommodate multiple vehicles and chargers.
The wide reach and flexible nature of Electrify Your Ride is intentional, shares CCCE Director of Energy Programs Jon Griesser. âOur first iteration of Electrify Your Ride offered additional discounts to income-eligible customers, but we followed the federal poverty line and that left some households struggling to make ends meet out of the equation. In addition to expanding other metrics for this important customer segment, we have revamped our own definition of âqualifying incomeâ to increase eligibility. “
Adopting clean, renewable energy is nothing new to Californians, but often access to clean energy resources leaves underserved communities and low-income households with additional barriers. Along with other regional organizations, the CCCE worked with the California Energy Commission (CEC) earlier in 2021 to provide $ 12 million for the construction of electric vehicle charging stations across the Central Coast, specifically targeting communities with poor services that often do not have access to electric vehicle chargers, a well-founded obstacle to the adoption of EVs for all drivers. In 2020, CCCE again partnered with CEC to provide $ 7 million for the construction of charging stations in Monterey, San Benito, Luis Obispo and Santa Cruz counties.
Since its launch in 2018, the CCCE has made $ 24 million in rebates and incentives on energy programs available to its clients. These programs range from funding and resources for all-electric affordable housing developments to funding for all-electric farm equipment, and from electric school buses to electric vehicles and bikes, and more. The first iteration of Electrify Your Ride has put over 300 new and used electric vehicles on the roads of the Central Coast and the accompanying Charge Your Ride program has helped build nearly 100 charging stations for the region. All of CCCE’s energy programs share the goal of reducing emissions and helping CCCE clients switch from fossil fuels to clean energy solutions through financial resources and education. To learn more about Electrify Your Ride, visit: www.3cenergy.org/electrify-your-ride-program/
About Central Coast Community Energy
Central Coast Community Energy (CCCE) is a government agency that sources competitively priced electricity from clean, renewable energy resources. The CCCE is locally controlled and directed by board members who represent each community served by the agency. Revenues generated by the CCCE remain local and help keep electricity rates affordable for customers, while funding innovative energy programs designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and stimulate economic development. CCCE serves 436,000 customers throughout the Central Coast, including residential, commercial and agricultural customers in communities located in Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz counties. Learn more on 3CEnergy.org and on social media including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @ 3CEnergy.
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