Want an Electric Vehicle? Go West

Horace Greely meant something completely different when he said, “Go west, young man, go west” in 1865, but the famous quote has new meaning for today’s electric vehicle intenders. Some of the bigger auto manufacturers are stacking incentives on in the state of California, and more specifically the city of San Diego, for any new electric car purchasers.

BMW and the Nissan Motor Company are looking to offer incentives that might reach up to $20,000 USD when combined with the state and federal incentive packages. The brands are teaming up with the San Diego Gas & Electric company to offer up to a $10,000 discount. Add in the federal tax credit of about $7,500 and a state rebate of $2,500 and you could pick up the BMW for about half the price and a Nissan for almost 60% off. Now that’s worth a trip. These extra incentives go to show you how serious the state of California is about driving new sales of zero- and low-emission vehicles. The state utility companies have asked the state to fork over $1 billion dollars to scale up charging infrastructure so that it can meet anticipated supply. The state has set a self-imposed objective of having at least 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles by 2025.