If you’ve been considering going electric for your daily commute, now could be a good time to make the switch. Chevy has just released the Bolt, a new electric vehicle (EV) which offers more than double the range of other EVs. The Bolt is a good option for longer trips, allowing 238 miles of travel on a single charge. Federal tax rebates of $7,500 are available for the first 200,000 cars sold, and the State of California is likely to offer an additional $2,500 rebate.
Driving an electric vehicle is a critical way to reduce the Santa Cruz carbon footprint. The City is committed to reducing emissions with six Nissan Leafs and eight electric parking scooters among our fleet.
About 50 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in Santa Cruz County come from transportation, so making the switch to walking, biking, public transportation, or electric vehicles for some or all of your daily trips is one of the most significant actions to fight climate change. Our Climate Action Plan calls for 20 percent of vehicles to be powered by low-carbon fuels, including electricity, by 2020.
We have received more than $110,000 in grant funding to install EV charging stations throughout town. Free EV charging is available in four public parking lots and garages downtown, as well as other locations throughout the County. For a full list of our charging stations, visit www.plugshare.com.
More information about the Chevy Bolt is available at http://www.chevrolet.com/bolt-ev-electric-vehicle.html.
The Monterey Bay Electric Vehicle Alliance offers local resources and events to encourage EV adoption. Learn more at http://mbeva.org/.