Senator wants to end rebate incentives for Tesla buyers

California lawmakers want to stop electric vehicle rebates that are going towards the wealthy.

Published Fri, Apr 3 2015 5:25 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:08 PM CST

California created rebate incentives to help spur interest in electric vehicles and other clean-air vehicles, but the program is now under fire. Specifically, there is additional criticism when drivers are purchasing Tesla vehicles, as they carry a premium price tag.

Senator wants to end rebate incentives for Tesla buyers |

The state provides $2,500 in incentives for electric car purchases, and up to $5,000 for hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.

"it's hard for the average Californian to understand why someone buying a $100,000 car should get a rebate," said Senator Ted Gaines, in a public statement. "That's the same question I posed to myself, and it was hard to justify."

Tesla, a San Francisco Bay Area company, racked up 20 percent of overall sales to California customers -and the company is not pleased.

"Punishing Tesla, a company that has created over 8,000 direct jobs in California in the past five years and thousands more indirect jobs by eliminating a modest rebate for its products while preserving that credit for companies like Toyota and Nissan - companies that have abandoned California for Texas and Tennessee respectively - seems like a curious response unless viewed through the lens of ignorance and retribution," said Diarmuid O'Connell, Tesla VP of business development, in a statement to Bloomberg.

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