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City of Lake Elsinore Offers Residents Up To $2,000 For Buying 'Clean' Vehicles

The City is currently offering residents rebates of two-thousand dollars ($2,000) for a new or leased qualifying vehicle or one-thousand dollars ($1,000) towards the purchase of a used qualifying vehicle respectively.

The following is a news release from the City of Lake Elsinore:

The City of Lake Elsinore is pleased to announce the Clean Air Vehicle Incentive Program intended to encourage the purchase of clean hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles from valid and currently licensed Lake Elsinore auto dealerships to improve local air quality.

The program was approved by the City Council at the regularly scheduled City Council meeting of September 25, 2012. The City Council authorized the funding amount of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) for the remainder of fiscal year 2012-2013. Reimbursements will be made on a first come, first served basis until allocated funds are depleted annually.

The City is currently offering residents rebates of two-thousand dollars ($2,000) for a new or leased qualifying vehicle or one-thousand dollars ($1,000) towards the purchase of a used qualifying vehicle respectively. All applicants shall be residents of the City of Lake Elsinore and must provide proof of residency at the time they submit an application to participate in the rebate program. Qualifying vehicles shall be exclusively alternative fuel with original manufacturer’s equipment or hybrid technology meeting the following criteria:

  • Have a minimum combined fuel economy of thirty-four (34) miles per gallon (MPG) or better as published at www.fueleconomy.gov; and
  • Have a minimum “Smog Score” of 9 or better as published at www.driveclean.ca.gov.
  • Fueled exclusively with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), (one example is the Honda Civic CNG); or
  • Be a plug in electric vehicle licensed for highway use (Nissan Leaf is one example)

Rebate applications shall be filed in person at the City of Lake Elsinore at 130 S. Main Street, Lake Elsinore, CA 92530 within 30 days of vehicle purchase. All applicants are strongly encouraged to review the complete applicant and vehicle eligibility requirements prior to purchasing any vehicle. The City is not responsible for any/all automobile purchases that fail to meet program requirements.  Rebates are issued by check and mailed to the applicant’s residence. Applicants should allow approximately three (3) weeks for approval, processing, and delivery.

For more information on the Clean Air Vehicle Incentive program, please contact Justin Carlson (Management Analyst) at jcarlson@lake-elsinore.org, (951) 674-3124 ext. 314, or at City Hall at 130 S. Main Street, Lake Elsinore, CA 92530.

City website:  www.lake-elsinore.org

Telephone:  951-674-3124           

Fax 951-674-2392

Business Hours: 

Monday through Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm.

 

Katheryn October 02, 2012 at 01:37 AM
This city is known for it's air pollution and not caring about CEQA, or any environmental regulations. What's this a way for the City Council to get some votes in November? http://temecula.patch.com/articles/citizen-reader-shares-mining-sounds A good friend sent this email and said the following: "Do you think this is what happens when a mining operator/Developer seems to be in control of your elected politicians and the appointed officials these same politicians put in positions of authority. Do you think government employees have to follow the instructions of these same politicians in order to keep their government jobs? Do you wonder if someone would be fired if they didn't do what the politicians wanted them to do?" Listen to the Pechanga why the game change? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5m_HypxyudI&feature=relmfu Have you seen the MaryAnn Edwards video featuring the Aberhill Ranch Boys and Girls Club with Castle & Cookes aggregate mining operation in the background it's across the street. Paul Jacobs may be onto something? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhckrqXX-L4 Another video of the Alberhill Ranch Boys and Girls Club which puts things in prospective: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e12kTmWvn7U&feature=related
just my 2 cents October 02, 2012 at 02:11 AM
City council members and immediate families should be ineligible for this program.
Lepimpster October 02, 2012 at 05:43 PM
So nice of the city council to want to better our air quality yet they allow mining. I agree with JM2C!
David Pereira October 02, 2012 at 06:37 PM
I think it's funny that the City Council is spending $25,000 for residents to buy either a Honda Civic or a Nissan Leaf, neither of which have facilities in Lake Elsinore. I'm pretty sure that Lake Elsinore Ford and Lake Chevrolet have some pretty clean vehicles too. I think a much better idea would be for the Council to push buying a clean-air vehicle locally in Lake Elsinore, keeping the money in the community (and the U.S.), and the City can grant rebates of up to $2,000. Instead we're being told to go spend our money in Temecula, giving them our sales tax, buying a foreign vehicle. I don't get our Council sometimes.
David Pereira October 02, 2012 at 06:38 PM
I think it's funny that the City Council is spending $25,000 for residents to buy either a Honda Civic or a Nissan Leaf, neither of which have facilities in Lake Elsinore. I'm pretty sure that Lake Elsinore Ford and Lake Chevrolet have some pretty clean vehicles too. I think a much better idea would be for the Council to push buying a clean-air vehicle locally in Lake Elsinore, keeping the money in the community (and the U.S.), and the City can grant rebates of up to $2,000. Instead we're being told to go spend our money in Temecula, giving them our sales tax, buying a foreign vehicle. I don't get our Council sometimes.

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