The South Coast Air Quality Management District Thursday announced a $15.4 million program that will offer low-income residents up to $9,500 each to turn in their older gas- or diesel-fueled vehicles and upgrade to newer, more fuel-efficient vehicles.
The largest amount -- incentives of $9,500 each -- will be available to participants who are at the lowest poverty level, live in a disadvantaged community and replace a high-polluting vehicle with a new or used electric vehicle with rechargeable battery, plug-in hybrid or fuel cell vehicle, according to the AQMD.
Participants who purchase a battery electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle in connection with the program are also eligible to be reimbursed up to an additional $2,000 for the installation of a level 2 charger at their home, according to the AQMD.
Incentives of $4,000 each are available for low-income participants to scrap an old vehicle and replace it with a conventional fuel-efficient -- 35 miles-plus per gallon -- vehicle that is eight model years old or newer.
Applicants for the program must:
-- Meet household income requirements at or below 400% of the federal poverty level;
-- Have owned the vehicle to be scrapped for at least 12 months prior to the date of application submittal;
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-- Clear any liens from the title;
-- Turn in an older gas- or diesel-powered car for scrapping.
Applicants can also scrap their older vehicle in exchange for a voucher that can be used for public transportation including Uber, Lyft, other ride-sharing and vanpooling.
The program is funded by a grant from the California Air Resources Board.
More details are available at ReplaceYourRide.com or by calling 844-797-2223.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District is the air pollution control agency for Orange County and major portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.