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Electric-Car Guide, State-By-State Specifics From Sierra Club

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What's your first resource for electric-car information?

We're hoping you answer Green Car Reports (of course!), but in reality there are quite a few by now.

Today, the conservation group Sierra Club has launched its own Electric Vehicle Guide--and one of its key features is the ability to learn about state and local incentives by entering your ZIP code.

While other groups, including Plug-In America, offer listings and maps of specific incentives in various locations, the Sierra Club's electric-car guide provides a neat ability to sort results by where you live.

It sorts the available plug-in electric cars to show which ones are available in your area--hint: California gets 'em all, you may not--along with the myriad incentives for driving a plug-in.

Those can include:

  • purchase rebates and/or tax credits
  • sales tax exemptions
  • single-occupant access to carpool (HOV) lanes
  • discounted electric rates for recharging electric cars
  • and many more

The site also lets potential buyers compare the emissions generated by recharging an electric car on their specific electric grid, showing the results for battery-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, and standard gasoline cars.

It even includes links to eBay listings of plug-in electric cars for sale within your region.

The Sierra Club's Electric Vehicle Guide also offers blog posts, fact sheets, and the annual "EV Buyers Guide article" from Sierra Magazine.

And, predictably, there's a pitch for donations to the Club itself and an "Action Alert" you can use to advocate for electric cars through the site.

We're all for spreading the word about electric cars, their availability, the various incentives, and the emissions benefits.

Give the Sierra Club's new site a once-over, and let us know what you think in the Comments below.

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  1. Sierra club's info on rebates is less than complete for our area. It doesn't explicitly mention the federal tax credit. And worse, it doesn't mention the $3,000 rebate available from the San Joaquin Valley Air District in CA. This rebate can be had regardless of whether you lease or purchase. This brings the total possible tax credits and rebates in our area to $13,000 if you purchase, or $5,500 if you lease. These made it a no-brainer financially for us to lease a Leaf. However, I've found that many people here are ignorant of these rebates, or simply uninformed and averse to EVs, so the sales and lease numbers remain quite low.
     
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  2. Is this rebate still currently available?

    That is nice to know. I can't find direct link to anything that shows the $3k rebate...
     
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  3. Yes, the program is still active.
    http://www.valleyair.org/Grant_Programs/GrantPrograms.htm#DriveCleanRebateProgram

    Also, they list the cars and various rebates here:
    http://www.valleyair.org/Grant_Programs/DriveCleanRebateProgram/Drive_Clean_Rebate_Program_Vehicles_List_05_15_13.pdf

    You must reside in the san joaquin valley to be eligible, and you have to register and use the car there for 3 years.
     
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  4. Thank you very much for the link.

    Wow. That is really good deal. At that price range, it is almost no brainer. Especially for some of the current Lease price of the Leaf, combined with CARB $2,500 rebate, you are talking about $5,500 rebate for 36 month lease. That is pretty much free lease for about 20 months out of that 36 months...
     
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