She works from home so no commute, more of a city car for in-town runs, and she already has a 240V charging station installed at home
Thanks for the purchase info–that is on the table as well, I just had this side idea that since they allowed leases as well, that it could be interesting to combine the 9,500 + 4,500 + (up to) 7,500 = 21,500 off
I think things get even more interesting on cars with giant CCRs like the Leaf (13,500?), which could turn a brand-new 30k car into a $4,000 car. I think it might be better to have a new Leaf w/30kWh battery for $4k than an off-lease 2013 with a degraded battery for free.
The i3 looks to have some interesting opportunities too if she’s up for Turo-ing it when not in use, although she would have no shot at buying this one (unlike the Leaf), as she is genuinely low-income
It’s the SoCal Air Quality Management District “Replace Your Ride Program” (replaceyourride.com) --started 2 years ago but it’s been run/promoted not very well, so I’m shocked they still have funds available
Depending on zip code/income level/type of car, you can get anywhere from 4k to 9.5k for scrapping an old gas guzzler (all it has to do is run enough to travel 1/4-mile and have been registered in your name for the 2 years prior to your program application)
I never imagined the program would last 2 years–someone could have bought a $400 clunker off of Craigslist 2 years ago and apply for the program today!
Thanks! Wow, hadn’t even considered that. I only see the B-class on their list ( https://replaceyourride.com/Portals/1/Documents/vehicles-qualified-for-lease.pdf ) – although the list hasn’t been updated in 2 years(!). I had to email a project manager to discover that the Bolt qualified! This program is not very organized
Yeah she barely drives at all, so perhaps just a used off-lease EV for around $9k (=free) is her best option. She was just steering towards a Fiat 500e which doesn’t offer any kind of DC level 3 fast-charging, of which she doesn’t seem to understand the importance (as an owner of a non-QC and QC Leaf, it’s been a game-changer for me)