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Tesla Roadster and ZENN NEV Eligible for California Rebates

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has added the 2008 Tesla Roadster and 2008 ZENN neighborhood electric vehicle to the list of vehicles eligible for rebates under the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Incentive Program (also known as Fueling Alternatives).

Fueling Alternatives is funded CARB, offered throughout the State of California and administered by the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE). A total of $1.8 million was appropriated and directed toward vehicle incentive rebates to promote the use and production of alternative fuel vehicles.

Rebates of up to $5,000 are available for consumers who purchase or lease new eligible alternative fuel vehicles between May 24, 2007 and March 31, 2009 or until funding runs out.

The Tesla Roadster is eligible for the maximum $5,000; the ZENN for a $1,500 rebate.



1.8 million dollars is a drop in the bucket now that will hopefully pay large divendends through the next few years by what it displaces. Too bad progressive action is so hard to implement. As long as this doesn't cause a shortage and excessive run on parts of course.

I would've prefered a more direct payment towards things like taxis or fleet vehicles. I think the people who are buying the tesla would've bought the tesla anyway regardless of the incentive and the newest tech should be implemented in vehicles that will return the best bang for the buck.


The more of these EVs that are seen on the roads - the greater their acceptance. The incentive, while small, is simply another way to motivate buyers. Few will buy Teslas but knowing there's a rebate for alternative energy vehicles helps enthusiasm. Cali often leads in these kinds of things - surfing, skateboards, rollerblades, now it's EVs. Gotto love the material world.

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