Vacaville, California is encouraging the purchase of the Honda Civic GX natural gas vehicle with a Compressed Natural Gas Vehicle Incentive Program. With 44 GXs on the road, the city is almost halfway to its goal of 100.
The city program cuts $6,800 from the purchase price of a new 2007 Honda Civic GX—the cleanest internal combustion engine powered car on the road, according to the EPA. A $4,000 federal tax credit is also available.
Partial funding for the program comes from a federal air quality grant the City has acquired to cover a portion of the costs. Under grant rules, in order for participants to qualify, they must live or work full-time in the northeastern portion of Solano County: Vacaville, Dixon or Rio Vista.
Owners of NGVs have the option of filling up at one of more than 30 PG&E public refueling stations in Northern California, including one in Vacaville, for around $2 a gallon or installing a filling station in their home.
The latter, with incentives, drives the price of a gallon equivalent of natural gas down to about $1.25.
The City is also offering a $2,000 incentive on the purchase and installation of the Phill Home Refueling Appliance (HRA). There is also a $1,000 tax credit on the Phill HRA as well.
Vacaville has been a leader in promoting the use of alternative fuel vehicles. Prior to adding NGVs to its fleet, the city earned the moniker “Voltageville” thanks to having the most number of electric vehicles per capita in the United States.
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In 2004, the sponsored an EV lease buy-down program, which provided financial incentives to qualifying participants to reduce the cost of the lease. By July 2004, more than 100 residents had taken advantage of the EV lease buy-down program. (See table at right.)
As of January 2007, the city still hadfederal and regional grant funded financial incentives available to qualifying participants for the purchase or lease of new freeway capable electric vehicles.
(A hat-tip to John!)