Cost-Effectiveness and Rebate Influence

Rebate dollars per ton of GHG emissions reduced, 100k miles




Compared to findings in 2020:
  • The carbon intensity of gasoline in California improved in 2021 while electricity worsened.
  • The fuel efficiency of new gasoline cars sold in California improved slightly in 2021 while the efficiency of the rebated EV mix decreased slightly.
  • The influence of the CVRP rebate decreased in 2021: the fraction of participants responding that they would not have acquired their EV without the rebate (constituting the Rebate-Essential Reductions group in Figure 1) decreased across each vehicle and rebate type.
    • While Rebate Essentiality among Increased Rebate recipients had been relatively stable in prior years, the decrease in 2021 is likely related to a change in the eligibility criteria for that rebate type, which expanded in January 2021 from those with income <300% of the federal poverty level to <400%.

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