Lower-income communities that most need relief from high gasoline prices and tailpipe pollution have the least access to electric vehicles (EVs) in the traditional marketplace. While California offers a variety of financial incentives to help fill this gap, low-income families currently have to research each program separately and navigate different eligibility requirements and application processes, and overcome linguistic, cultural and trust barriers around accessing government-funded programs. When combined with the minimal time working families have to engage in applying for support, these programs are not yet stimulating large-scale EV adoption in the communities that stand to benefit the most from this technology.
The One-Stop-Shop Pilot Project is addressing barriers to access by building a centralized web tool to access and navigate all of these incentives using a human-centered design approach, and then deploying that tool through a variety of community-based organizations and trust networks in frontline communities throughout the state.
The One-Stop-Shop Pilot Project will streamline and improve access to clean transportation-related incentives available to income-qualified consumers around the state; increase low-income residents’ awareness of clean transportation options by expanding education and outreach; and provide opportunities for consumers to access state incentives for complementary technologies like charging infrastructure and solar energy.
The vision for the One-Stop-Shop was developed by a diverse set of community stakeholders and state agencies as a key recommendation from California’s Senate Bill 350 Low-Income Barriers Studies on clean energy and clean transportation.
The One-Stop-Shop Pilot Project and these initial incentive programs are supported by California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged communities.
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