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May 2016    |    News and Updates


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SDG&E Launches $7.5m Electric Vehicle Campaign
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) recently pledged to invest $7.5 million over the next couple of years towards developing an education campaign to promote electric vehicle ownership. This outreach and awareness project expects to lead the charge among big cities to electrify the transportation sector.

New Electric Vehicle Rate Options
Curious about home charging costs? PG&E offers two residential EV rate options:  EV charging costs can be incorporated into your total household electric bill, or you can have your home charging station on a separate meter. Fortunately EV rate plans are not tiered;the price per kWh is based only on the time of day you use electricity-Peak, Partial-Peak and Off-Peak.

Advancements in Battery Technology for Heavy Duty Transit
Electric bus maker Proterra announced a new design for a battery that provides 28 percent more energy to their Proterra Catalyst XR transit vehicle. All current Catalyst XR customers will receive complimentary battery upgrades.

CVRP Statistics Update
The chart to the left shows monthly rebate data from the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP). In Humboldt County, a total of 174 Battery Electric Vehicle and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle rebates were processed between May 2014 and May 2016.

Number of Humboldt County CVRP Rebates May 2014-May 2016. Center for Sustainable Energy (2016). California Air Resources Board Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, Rebate Statistics. Data last updated May 23, 2016. Retrieved May 24, 2016 from

Humboldt Contributes to California Low/Zero-Emissions Vehicles Goal

In 2014 Governor Brown approved Senate Bill 1275, with a goal for at least one million zero-emission and near-zero-emission vehicles on California roadways by January 1, 2023. In terms of rebates issued by the California Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP), Humboldt County is a rural leader in adopting EVs.
Read more about Humboldt’s EV rebate distribution here.

Center for Sustainable Energy (2015). California Air Resources Boart Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, Rebate Map. Report Generated on May 26, 2016 at

Finding the Right EV

So you’ve decided to trade in your old sedan for a newer model- maybe you’ve got your sights set on something a little easier on your wallet and the planet? Fortunately, vehicle manufacturers have employed a variety of strategies to ease the burden at the pump - everything from lighter, more aerodynamic vehicles, to eliminating gas powered motors all together.

Read further here to read whether a BEV, PHEV, or Hybrid is right for you.


The Bigger Benefits of an EV

Every year millions of people buy new and used cars. If you are among the auto-shopping masses, consider weighing your non-petroleum options. What better place to start than electric vehicles (EVs)? EVs have a long list of positive attributes beneficial to a consumer, but what about the bigger picture?

Read on here to learn about some of the global benefits of EV technology. 


More EV Options for 2016 and Beyond

Choices continue to grow in the electric vehicle market, and 2016 will see even more models arrive. There is also a growing used electric vehicle market, giving drivers the option of a used EV often at an exceptionally good price. Although it can be challenging to find used EVs locally given their popularity, Humboldt residents are importing EVs from neighboring areas such as Santa Rosa and southern Oregon.

Read more about current and upcoming EVs here.


Recent Events

It has been an exciting time at RCEA for electric vehicles (EVs). In the past month alone we have participated in local events and helped spread the word about EVs. Check out the photos here from the Home, Garden, and Recreation Show at Redwood Acres, Eureka Natural Food’s Earth Day Celebration, and St. Joseph’s Hospital Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.
St. Joseph's Hospital electric vehicle charging station (EVCS) Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in April 2016.

Electric vehicles from McCrae Nissan and Northwood Chevrolet Dealerships on display at the Home, Garden, and Recreation Show at Redwood Acres in April 2016.

Dealer Spotlight

This month we are featuring McKinleyville Chevrolet Buick. They offer a wide variety of new and pre-owned inventory. We talked with Monica and Linus about their plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs).
RCEA: What is the most surprising information customers learn about PEVs?
MCB: Electric savings on home [electricity] bill and tax credits.

To hear more about McKinleyville Chevrolet Buick, click here.


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LEGAL NOTICE: This document was prepared as a result of work sponsored by the California Energy Commission.  It does not necessarily represent the views of the Energy Commission, its employees, or the State of California. The Commission, the State of California, its employees, contractors, and subcontractors make no warranty, express or implied, and assume no legal liability for the information in this document, nor does any party represent that the use of this information will not infringe upon privately owned rights.

All pictures by Redwood Coast Energy Authority unless otherwise noted.

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EV Expo at McKinleyville’s 48th annual Pony Express Days


EV Expo at Eureka Main Street’s annual 4th of July Festival

Project Background

Funded by the California Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuels and Vehicle Technology Program, the North Coast Plug-in Vehicle Project is being led by the Redwood Coast Energy Authority along with implementation partner Humboldt State University’s Schatz Energy Research Center. The purpose of this bulletin will be to provide relevant local, state, and national news related to the deployment of vehicles powered by electricity. For further information about the project, visit or contact Redwood Coast Energy Authority at 707.269.1700 or

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