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Affordable Electric Vehicle Clinic: How to Qualify for a Free or Low-Cost EV

Electric vehicles (EVs) are now mainstream, with 803,816 on the roads in California. Their growing popularity is no surprise:

  • EV costs are going down and incentives are generous, making these cars a smart financial choice for more families – in many cases even more affordable than a gas car.
  • Households making under $104,800 (for a family of 4) can qualify for $11,000 in incentives (which could pay the entire cost of a three-year EV lease) or get a $5,000 grant toward a used EV.
  • Other incentives are available for drivers of all income levels.
  • EV fuel costs the equivalent of $1.50/gallon of gasoline
  • EVs have half the maintenance costs of gasoline vehicles.
  • EVs are very fun to drive, convenient to refuel, have zero tailpipe emissions, and reduce carbon pollution by 75-100%.

Join CEC’s Energy and Climate Programs Director Michael Chiacos and CEC’s Energy and Climate Associate Jen Hernández – both EV owners and industry experts – to learn which 100+ mpge electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid might be best for you. Michael will share his experience driving on sunshine since 2012. Jen, who recently leased an EV for $20/month, will share why the decision to drive electric was an easy choice for her family.

We will discuss:

  • Pure electric vehicles vs. plug-in hybrids and some of the 40+ EVs currently available.
  • Financial considerations of incentives and leasing versus buying a new or used vehicle.
  • Charging basics, range considerations, and long trips in an EV.
  • How to pair home solar with your EV for maximum savings.
  • How to stack incentives and purchase a new EV for the price of a Toyota Corolla, lease one for free or very low cost, or buy a used EV for as little as $5,000.
  • How to save $50,000 on gas with an investment of $6,000 on solar panels.

Find out today if you qualify for incentive programs at www.electricdrive805.org/drivers

Together, we can move the Central Coast region away from fossil fuels in one generation and rapidly achieve Carbon Zero.

Speakers

Michael Chiacos – Energy & Climate Program Director, Consejo Comunitario del Medio Ambiente
Jen Hernández – Energy and Climate Associate, Consejo Comunitario del Medio Ambiente

Partners

Ecology Action
Regeneracíon
Green Power

Sponsors

Electrify America
Access Clean California

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A 2020 California Nonprofit of the Year and 2020 City of Santa Barbara Climate Hero, CEC advances rapid and equitable solutions to the climate crisis. See our impact report to learn how we are serving California’s Central Coast and why we are one of only five organizations in Santa Barbara County to receive the highest possible marks on Charity Navigator and Guidestar.

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CEC Webinar Series: Solarize Ventura County – Home Solar, Electric Vehicles, and Battery Systems: Affordable Options for Your Lifestyle

If you’ve considered switching to an electric vehicle (EV) – and would like to add a solar system to charge at home with solar energy – now may be the perfect time to take the leap and learn how to Drive on Sunshine!Please join us to learn how driving electric pairs perfectly with going solar. We’ll cover some of the 40 plug-in hybrid and pure EV options, discuss charging, and share how driving electric is more affordable than ever. Learn how to stack various incentives to purchase used EVs starting at $5,000, new EVs for around $20,000, or leased EVs for $200/month. We’ll also discuss the basics of solar, and how CEC’s Solarize Ventura County makes it easier and more affordable to go solar, add home battery systems, or both.

Experts from CEC will present, along with a personal story from a local community member who has been driving on sunshine with EVs and solar since 2012.

The 2020 Solarize Ventura County program is open September 9 – December 9 to residents in Ventura County. Solarize has helped over 800 Central Coast homeowners go solar, working toward a future where 100% of the electricity that powers our homes, businesses, and cars is generated from clean, renewable, and local sources.

Thursday, November 5, 2020
12:00noon – 1:00pm
Zoom
FREE

SPEAKERS

  • Michael Chiacos – Energy & Climate Program Director, Community Environmental Council
  • April Price – Renewable Energy Program Senior Manager, Community Environmental Council
  • Richard Baldwin – EV, solar and solar battery system owner

Learn more about CEC’s Solarize: SolarizeVentura.org

 

CEC advances rapid and equitable solutions to the climate crisis. See our impact report to learn how we are serving California’s Central Coast.

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If you’ve considered switching to an electric vehicle (EV) – and would like to charge at home with solar energy – now may be the perfect time to take the leap and learn how to Drive on Sunshine!

Please join us to learn how driving electric pairs perfectly with going solar. We’ll cover EV options, help you consider the vehicles that will work for your lifestyle, and share how incentive programs make EVs more affordable than ever. We’ll also discuss the basics of solar, and how CEC’s Solarize Santa Barbara makes it easier and more affordable to go solar, add home energy storage, or both.

The 2020 Solarize Santa Barbara program is open July 28 – October 31 to residents in Southern Santa Barbara County. Solarize has helped over 800 Central Coast homeowners go solar, working toward a future where 100% of the electricity that powers our homes, businesses, and cars is generated from clean, renewable, and local sources.

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We also address financial incentives, charging, range, and how to pair home solar with your EV for maximum savings. And how to purchase a new EV for the price of a Toyota Corolla, and used EVs for as little as $5,000. Learn how to save $50,000 on gas with an investment of $6,000 on solar panels.

We’d love to hear about your electric vehicle journey…and you could even be featured on our blog! Join the Facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/electricdrive805 or email [email protected].

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