WHY TAKE ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION?
Discover alternative ways to commute around San Diego:
The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) promotes clean vehicle adoption in California by
offering rebates of up to $7,000 for the purchase or lease of new, eligible zero-emission
vehicles, including electric, plug-in hybrid electric and fuel cell vehicles.
California is leading the nation in clean vehicle adoption with more plug-in electric vehicles
on its roadways than any other state. This shift away from gasoline and diesel brings many environmental and economic benefits, including less air pollution and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) promotes clean vehicle adoption by offering rebates of up to $7,000 for the purchase or lease of new, eligible zero-emission vehicles, including electric, plug-in hybrid electric and fuel cell vehicles. As long as funds are available, eligible California residents can follow a simple process to apply for a CVRP rebate after purchasing or leasing an eligible vehicle.
The Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) administers CVRP throughout the state for the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The CARB is a part of the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) and exists to promote and protect public health, welfare and ecological resources through the effective and efficient reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering the effects on the economy of the state. CVRP funding is determined by an annual funding plan that is developed with public input and approved by the CARB.
iCommute is your gateway to commute choices in the San Diego region. The program
is managed by SANDAG as part of the regional 511 transportation information program.
The goal of the iCommute program is to reduce traffic congestion in order to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental pollutants that result from driving
alone. The staff at iCommute helps to achieve this goal by offering assistance and tools to commuters and employers.
iCommute assists commuters by providing free carpool and ridematching services, a subsidized vanpool program, transit solutions, regional support for bicycling, the Guaranteed Ride Home program, SchoolPool carpooling programs for parents, walking and bicycling buddies for schools, and information about teleworking.
Dial: 511 and say "iCommute"
Improving vehicle efficiency is essential to reducing consumers' fuel costs, supporting domestic industry, minimizing pollution, and increasing energy security. Americans spend nearly half a billion dollars a day to import oil, with transportation accounting for 70% of domestic petroleum consumption in 2015 (Transportation Energy Data Book, Table 1.13). In addition, transportation accounts for more than 26% of the country's greenhouse gas emissions.
Saving You Money While Meeting Transportation Needs: Purchasing a vehicle with better fuel economy can save consumers and businesses a substantial amount over the lifetime of the vehicle. The average household spends about $2,500 on vehicle gas and oil (TEDB, Table 8.4). For example, a consumer who purchases a vehicle that gets 30 miles to the gallon instead of 20 miles to the gallon will save about $600 a year on fuel, based on a gasoline price of $2.36/gallon.
Supporting the U.S. Economy: Helping consumers spend less on fuel means that they have more money to reinvest in the American economy. Reducing the fuel expenses of heavy-duty vehicles, such as long-haul trucks and transit buses, can lower the costs of the companies running these vehicles to do business. These savings can increase domestic companies' competitiveness and potentially lower prices for consumers. Supporting domestic development and manufacturing of efficient and advanced vehicles helps continue America's long history of automotive production and offers great promise for the future.
Improving Our Energy Security: Improving efficiency and replacing oil with domestic alternative fuels helps reduce our reliance on imported petroleum. This improves the country's resiliency against oil price shocks and decreases the amount of money the U.S. sends abroad. As worldwide demand for oil rises, these technologies will help provide Americans with greater freedom of mobility while increasing our energy security.
Protecting the Public Health and the Environment: Transportation accounts for more than 26% of the nation's greenhouse gas emissions and 57% of the nitrogen oxide emissions, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These harmful emissions contribute to global climate change and smog. Reducing emissions from vehicles through efficient and clean technologies can substantially contribute to lowering these emissions, improving public health and protecting global ecosystems.
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