Great Deals on Electric Wheels
Looking for a new commuter car? Want something for errands in town? Thinking about the future? Economy and mid-budget models are pushing 120 MPGe per charge while luxury makes have far surpassed that range. Others use integrative technology that
Charging stations are popping up across the state, and, according to ChargePoint, there are about 38 charging stations across town and nearly 50 on campus, with plans for more in the works. If rooftop solar is in your future, then getting an electric vehicle first will help establish your EV’s energy demand up front.
The top electric new car deals for July were the 2016 Chevy Spark EV, the 2016 Kia Soul EV, the 2017 Chevy Volt, and the 2016 Nissan Leaf, according to Cars Direct. Of these four deals, three appear to be available with our local dealers here in town.
So why travel far and wide? Get your zero emissions ride right here in town.
Rebates cover part of costs
Most electric or plug-in hybrid models earn you a rebate up to $2,500 from the State of California Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (see cleanvehiclerebate.org). New hydrogen fuel cell vehicles rate $5,000. Federal tax credits are generally about $7,500 (see https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/taxevb.shtml).
Electric vehicle websites
Go to CarsDirect for this article on the best green cars. http://www.carsdirect.com/deals-articles/best-green-car-deals
Try Green Car Reports for guides, specs, and news. http://www.greencarreports.com/
Check out InsideEVs for information about cutting edge industry news. https://insideevs.com/
Advice from an EV owner and advocate
For advice about buying an electric vehicle, check out this Cool Davis blog post from Eugen Dunlap, SacEV member. https://www.cooldavis.org/2016/02/06/try-it-out-lease-an-electric-car/
Used EVs for sale by owner
Try the SacEV Plug-in Electric Vehicle Marketplace if you’re looking for a used EV. http://www.saceva.org/#!pevs-for-sale-in-sacramento-region/c9fy
Public Charging Stations
Find out about public charging stations via the ChargePoint online and app service. https://na.chargepoint.com/charge_point
Sierra Club Rev Up EVs Campaign
The Sierra Club has launched the Rev Up EVs campaign and an EV Buyer’s Guide to go along with it. http://content.sierraclub.org/evguide/
A Sierra Club article discusses the California Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) mandate and the lack of availability of EVs on the market. http://content.sierraclub.org/evguide/blog/2016/05/interest-electric-cars-rapidly-accelerating-so-why-are-they-hard-find
National Drive Electric Week is coming this September
This September 10th through 18th, 2016, is a nationwide celebration that includes EV parades, ride-and-drives, electric tailgate parties, awards, and more. The SacramentoEV group is joining the California Auto Museum’s annual CruiseFest Saturday, September 10, from 4-9pm with the latest EV models on display and the electric vehicle version of speed dating – test driving several models back to back.
Be on the lookout for local events here in town in observance of National Drive Electric Week and for reviews of alternative fuel vehicles on the Cool Davis website during the month of September.
Move your money to a credit union or ethical bank! Credit unions usually donate to projects that strengthen local communities, and ethical banks make a commitment to support good causes. Green America Bank For Good BankTrack and Mighty Deposits are all great resources to find ethical banks!
LEARN MORE with Cathy Becker of Green America, Wednesday, November 15 at 6pm PST online. Our moderator will be Rekha Vaitla, Cool Davis board member and officer at CalSTRS.
Sign up here: www.cooldavis.org/2023/11/02/green-finances-banking-and-credit-cards-panel-yolo-earth-day-pledge/
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