California’s Data-Driven Electric Vehicle Incentive Program Design
The transportation sector persists as California’s leading source of greenhouse gas emissions, and consumer incentives are a vital strategy to accelerate the transition away from gas-powered to electric vehicles (EVs). While the EV share of new car sales in California is increasing year-over-year, the purchase prices of new EVs are cost-prohibitive for most low-income consumers. With a directive from state policymakers to ensure the transition to cleaner vehicles includes all Californians, the Center for Sustainable Energy recently completed an affordability analysis of new (and used EVs), the EV options available to low-income families, and the level of incentives needed to make EVs affordable to more consumers. The results of the analysis directly contributed to the California Air Resources Board staff proposal to dramatically increase incentive amounts for low-income consumers across multiple programs. This presentation will review the EV affordability analysis, the proposed incentive program changes, and the implications for low-income consumers and families in the San Diego region.
Jonathan Changus is the Director of California Transportation Programs for the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE), a mission-driven non-profit headquartered in San Diego. In this capacity, Jonathan coordinates the implementation of a $1 billion portfolio of state, local, and utility EV incentive programs, with an emphasis on removing barriers to participation for low-income consumers and historically underrepresented communities. He specializes in analyzing market, policy, and technology trends, developing partnerships, and translating data to inform policy and program design discussions. Prior to joining CSE in 2018, Jonathan spent six years at the Northern California Power Agency supporting publicly owned electric utilities develop customer clean energy incentive programs. He also served six years in the California State Legislature as a policy director advancing the state’s climate change, renewable energy, and sustainable communities policies. He earned both a Master of Public Policy and a B.S. in Social Sciences from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
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