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    Overview of Incentives


    Incentives by: Vehicle Type - Alternate Fuel Vehicles

    Currently Running: "Driving Alternatives" Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate Program
    The "Driving Alternatives" vehicle rebate program has allocated $1.8 million toward vehicle incentive grants for qualifying alternative fuel vehicles. The grants of up to $5,000 will be made available to consumers who purchase or lease eligible zero emission vehicles (ZEVs), plug in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) between May 24, 2007 and March 31, 2009. For the purposes of this program, ZEVs are full function battery electric vehicles (BEVs), hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCEVs), low speed or neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs), and zero emission motorcycles (ZEMs). Guidelines for the program are in final stages of development, and the program is estimated to begin by early November 2007.

    Farmer's Insurance Alternative Fuel Incentives
    First-ever discount for those who drive hybrids and other alternative fuel vehicles. Save 5% on all major coverages.

    Federal Clean Fuel Vehicle Tax Deduction for Hybrid and Alternative Fuel Vehicles
    The Energy Policy Act of 2005 replaced the clean-fuel burning deduction with a tax credit. A tax credit is subtracted directly from the total amount of federal tax owed, thus reducing or even eliminating the taxpayer’s tax obligation. The tax credit for hybrid vehicles applies to vehicles purchased or placed in service on or after January 1, 2006. The credit is only available to the original purchaser of a new, qualifying vehicle. If a qualifying vehicle is leased to a consumer, the leasing company may claim the credit. Hybrid vehicles have drive trains powered by both an internal combustion engine and a rechargeable battery. Many currently available hybrid vehicles may qualify for the tax credit. These models have been certified for the credit in the following amounts: † This reflects a decrease in the credit amount as of Oct. 1, 2006, due to the manufacturers meeting quarterly sales of 60,000 qualified hybrid cars — See Quarterly Sales, below. †† This credit amount does not phase out. The full amount of the altenative fuel vehicle credit would be available for vehicles purchased on or before December 31, 2010.

    Free Metered Parking - San José, CA
    FREE parking at Downtown San José public parking facilities and on-street meters throughout the City for Clean-Fuel Vehicles with the Clean Air Decal in the City of San José. Applies to new hybrid and electric vehicles purchased from San José dealerships.


    Free Metered Parking - Hermosa Beach, CA
    Free metered parking at silver poled meters for vehicles with the Clean Air Decal in downtown Hermosa Beach. Vehicles may park for the maximum time limit (generally 2-3 hours). This includes hybrids as long as the state of California recognizes the HOV sticker.

    Free Metered Parking - Santa Monica, CA
    100% electric, 100% CNG or hybrid vehicles carrying the Clean Air Decal may park at any meter in the City of Santa Monica for free. The time is limited to the time limit as posted (generally 2-3 hours).

    Vacaville, Ca. Purchase-Buy Down Incentive
    Residents of Vacaville may wish to contact Mr Ed Heustis for details.
    Once again, we have received quite a bit of favorable press coverage of late with our unique and innovative Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Incentive Program during this very busy time with the high gasoline prices, and this next one appeared on the Cristian Broadcasting Network (CBN) on August 21, 2008 as the result of an interview on June 19, 2008 at our home.
    The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) interviewed the Transportation Systems Manager at length at his home on June 19 concerning the City's CNG Vehicle Incentive Program, and especially the Honda Civic GX and the Phill Home Refueling Appliance. The video clip aired on Thursday, August 21, as part of an overall story on alternative fuels on CBN on the "700 Club" with Pat Robertson which can be found on the ABC Family channel throughout the day. Here is the link to the story that has the five minute video clip:
    http://www.cbn.com/CBNnews/431038.aspx
    To date, we have now provided 116 purchase buy down incentives on new dedicated compressed natural gas vehicles. All the incentives, except for one, have been for the Honda Civic GX. Several more residents are on a lengthy waiting list looking forward to the arrival at the dealership of the 2009 model year Civic GX.
    I am sending this out to our electric vehicle owners and compressed natural gas vehicle owners through our AFV Incentive Program, and those who have expressed interest in our incentive program, along with an updated industry contact list. Sorry in advance for any duplicate receipts.
    Have a great day!
    --------------------------------------------------
    Ed Huestis
    City of Vacaville
    Transportation Systems Manager
    Enthusiastic RAV4 EV Owner &
    Honda Civic GX (CNG) Owner
    (707) 449-5424 (Voice)
    (707) 449-5346 (Fax)
    [email protected]


    Free Parking at Hotels
    A number of hotels in California are extending hybrid perks to their customers. Hybrid-driving overnight guests at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose get free parking. The Argent Hotel in San Francisco cuts their rate for overnight parking in half—from $42.00 to $21.00—for hybrid drivers. And if you provide proof of your hybrid ownership at the Little River Inn, on the Mendocino coast three hours north of San Francisco, you only pay for one night of a two-night stay in one of their ocean-view rooms. Though far from statewide, many hotels are joining the movement. (Check with hotel when making reservations.)

    Free Parking for AFVs - Los Angeles, CA
    Los Angeles allows free meter parking for AFVs powered by electricity, compressed natural gas, and hydrogen. To qualify, the vehicle must display California Department of Motor Vehicles High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane access stickers. On June 30, 2007, hybrids will no longer be a part of this program. All other parking restrictions - including posted time limits, no parking during street cleaning times, and peak hour tow away periods - must be obeyed.

    High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lane Exemption
    California law allows single-occupant use of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOVs) lanes by certain alternative fuel, clean hybrid, and full-electric vehicles. Use of these lanes with only one occupant requires an identification sticker issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Hybrid vehicles are currently limited to a maximum number, and as of February 20, 2007 all of the HOV lane stickers have been issued for hybrids. The program for hybrids is officially closed.
    http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/carpool/carpool.htm

    San Joaquin Valley Light/Medium Duty Vehicle Emission Reduction Incentive
    The REMOVE II program provides incentives for the purchase of low-emission passenger vehicles, light trucks, small buses, and trucks under 14,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. The purpose of this program is to encourage the early introduction of low-emission vehicles in the San Joaquin Valley. The program pays between $1,000 and $3,000 per vehicle depending on the emission certification level and size of the vehicle. Vehicles must be powered by alternative fuel, electric, or hybrid electric engines/motors.

    South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) CNG homerefueler incentive
    The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Governing Board approved an incentive program which matches the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC) buy down program for the purchase of a compressed natural gas (CNG) home refueling appliance (HRA) manufactured by Fuelmaker. The SCAQMD incentive program matches a $1,000 buy-down by the MSRC for a total of $2,000 buy-down for consumers who reside in the SCAQMD jurisdictional boundaries. Specifically, the incentive buy-down program will apply to the purchase of up to 100 units through Fuelmaker and the lease of up to 300 units through Honda.

    While there are other local programs such as the $6800 rebate offered by Vacaville, Ca., and other cities in that part of the state, the Bay area’s $4000 rebate for fleet's (only) thru BAAQMD, this list of incentives is general in scope and may not reflect specific programs in your particular area.

    For example, I have negotiated a rebate program for the residents of the Antelope (within LA Cty) that pays a $3000 refund for the purchase/lease of a Civic GX, and a $2000 refund for purchase/ lease of any home refueling appliance (to include the FMQ Series).

    If you have a program/s in the area that you live, which are not listed, please drop me a post and let me know.
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    Re: Overview of statewide incentives for California

    The way I read the news on the Alternate Fuel Vehicle Incentives is that while the State is out of money for the $5,000 grant right now, the program will be funded again early in 2008. Is that the way you see it?

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      Re: Overview of statewide incentives for California

      Originally posted by Curtis View Post
      Overview of Incentives
      For example, I have negotiated a rebate program for the residents of the Antelope (within LA Cty) that pays a $3000 refund for the purchase/lease of a Civic GX, and a $2000 refund for purchase/ lease of any home refueling appliance (to include the FMQ Series).

      If you have a program/s in the area that you live, which are not listed, please drop me a post and let me know.
      Curtis- what's this about a rebate in the AV, and where do I find out more about it? so, in the AV, you end up w/ rebates of:
      $4k federal tax
      $3k state rebate (if available)
      $2k local rebate

      bringing the price down to ~$16k?

      thanks!

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        Re: Overview of statewide incentives for California

        No, the local rebate for Los Angeles County residents that reside in the AV is $3000 (check back from the county) and $2000 more if you get the Phill. Call me if you need more info. I'm off on Mon/Tues every week.
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          Re: Overview of statewide incentives for California

          Curtis, I sound like a cheat, but can I get a friend in SoCal to purchase the Phil unit for me? I live in NorCal and I think there is a $1000 credit but I'd love the $2K.
          Thanks

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            Re: Overview of statewide incentives for California

            Originally posted by Curtis View Post
            No, the local rebate for Los Angeles County residents that reside in the AV is $3000 (check back from the county) and $2000 more if you get the Phill. Call me if you need more info. I'm off on Mon/Tues every week.
            so ~$15k, plus $2k more off for a phill?

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              Re: Overview of statewide incentives for California

              Originally posted by cheapergas View Post
              Curtis, I sound like a cheat, but can I get a friend in SoCal to purchase the Phil unit for me? I live in NorCal and I think there is a $1000 credit but I'd love the $2K.
              Thanks
              Aside from the fact that it's fraud , and possibly losing my grants...
              You have to send in the installers receipt, which would obviously show where the unit was installed... sorry, better luck with the next scam.
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                Re: Overview of statewide incentives for California

                Curtis it sounds like cng add ons don't count for any clean air savings?

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                  Re: Overview of statewide incentives for California

                  What are you calling "add-ons"? If you're referring to conversions, it would have to be dedicated and legal.
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                    Re: Overview of statewide incentives for California

                    Thinking about buying a GX, and not clear about the CA incentives. Is the CA tax credit still available? Thanks!

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                      Re: Overview of statewide incentives for California

                      1) Ca has no tax credit, it's a $3000 rebate.
                      2) Yes the program is still in place, but very slow to get you your rebate money.
                      3) The federal incentive is a $4000 tax credit
                      4) depanding on where you live, there may be other incentives
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                        Re: Overview of statewide incentives for California

                        I was told by 2 Honda dealerships in Sacramento area that the CA(RB) rebate for the 2009 model would be $1000 (even though it's mentioned $3000 on the paper they handed me).
                        Do you confirm it's still $3000?

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                          Re: Overview of statewide incentives for California

                          I will check on this for you in the morning. There has been no word of this that I've heard.The program has stated it's dollar amount awards and they have been built into the program. It would have taken some doing to modify that. I'll get the official word for you when everyone comes back to their offices. I would also do a bit of checking with the air district in your area. As sharp as most Honda dealers are (the salesmen aren't usually well versed on the GX) they may have it confused with some other program... wouldn't be the first time.
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                            Re: Overview of statewide incentives for California

                            Originally posted by sahucd View Post
                            I was told by 2 Honda dealerships in Sacramento area that the CA(RB) rebate for the 2009 model would be $1000 (even though it's mentioned $3000 on the paper they handed me).
                            Do you confirm it's still $3000?
                            Sahucd,

                            The $3K rebate from the state may be for 2007 & 2008 GX's only.

                            Here's a list of vehicles from the California Center For Sustainable Energy's web site that are eligible. Note it says 2007 & 2008 Honda Civic GX.

                            http://www.energycenter.org/ContentP...&SectionID=508

                            No mention of the 2009 GX at all on that page.

                            Bill

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                              Re: Overview of statewide incentives for California

                              The 2009 wasn't included because it wasn't available for purchase at the time. I'll find out the status of it's inclusion once it's out.
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