Tired of that old finish? Are you ready to spy on a new hybrid or an electric car? Or even an electric bike?

Bay Area Air officials on Wednesday announced new funding for a program to market new residents to replace older vehicles and replace them with new, cleaner vehicles.

The Coastal Air Quality Management District has $ 8.3 million in funding from the new state to extend the “Clean Cars for All” program. The idea is to buy electric and hybrid vehicles for a small number of people, to reduce pollution, especially in high-income neighborhoods.

“Not only is transportation a major source of air pollution in the Bay Area, but 40% of our greenhouse gas emissions,” said Cindy Chavez, Santa Clara County Superintendent and chairman of the Air District Board.

And although the Bay Area, like California, has seen a steady decline in smoke levels over the past 50 years as local laws reduce pollution from factories, cars and power plants, there are still many communities with severe asthma and other respiratory illnesses. Diseases, especially near freeways, oil refineries and other sources of pollution.

In the past, electric vehicles were less accessible to low-income people.

“If we can solve this problem, we need to include low-income communities,” Chavez said.

An old car from the 1970s or 1980s can produce up to 50 modern vehicles with tailpipe pollution.

The airline has two advanced programs to replace old vehicles. The first, known as the Vehicle Purchase Scheme, costs residents $ 1,200 to demolish their car, SUV, or light truck. The vehicle must be in running condition and must be a 1997 model or higher. People who take the money can spend whatever they want.

Since 1996, that program has retired more than 90,000 cars, vans, pickup trucks, and SUVs. For every vehicle prior to 1997, approximately 75 pounds of air pollution was prevented from airing off the highways each year.

To learn more about that program, or to register, go to www.baaqmd.gov/vbb.

Another program, which was launched on Wednesday, has been around the coast since 2019, but Gov Gavin Newsom has been short of funds until he signs the new government budget in recent weeks. The so-called clean car program is funded by the state’s marketing and business program, which requires companies to purchase permits for greenhouse gas emissions, and then use the money for programs. Climate change.

Clean cars cost $ 5,000 to $ 7,000 for those who have used or are looking to buy a new hybrid vehicle for every program, no less than eight years. Funding for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, battery electric vehicles and fuel cell electric vehicles ranges from $ 5,500 to $ 9,500. This includes federal and state tax credits and discounts on the purchase of multi-discharge vehicles. Air District Assistance is available for $ 7,500 for public transit, e-bikes and car sharing.

To be eligible, residents must live in the Bay Area and meet income requirements. Single individuals earning $ 51,520 a year or less are eligible. The family limit for four people is $ 106,000 a year.

Participants must also live in one of the 76 locations selected by the Air District. Those communities include areas with high levels of air pollution and other factors such as low household income or education. They include Oakland, Richmond, San Jose, Redwood City, San Francisco and other areas of the 176 zip codes in the Bay Area.

Participants in this program must have registered a 2005 year or older model car for two years in the Bay Area. Funding from the airline must be used to purchase electric, hybrid or other clean cars or e-bikes or transit routes. Go to www.baaqmd.gov/cleancarsforall for more information or to register

Auckland is a nonprofit, GRID option, and is helping people interested in the program. It can be reached at 855-256-3656, or cleancars@gridalternatives.org

“Renewable energy benefits – fresh air, large jobs, low fuel and energy costs – should not be limited to authorized people,” said Arthur Bart-Williams, chief executive of GRID Options.

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