The Golden State has added income-based caps to its rebates for electric cars and plug-in hybrids. As of July 1, the subsidies buyers receive are being determined by income, says auto research and sales source Cars Previously under the California Clean Vehicle Rebate Program, buyers received incentives of $1,500 for plug-in hybrids and $2,500 for electric cars across the board. Now, lower-income buyers will get more when they buy certain EV models: as much as $3,000 for a plug-in hybrid, $4,000 for an electric car and $6,500 for a hydrogen fuel-cell car. Perhaps it sounded ludacris that someone who bought an $840,000 Porsche hybrid would get a subsidy of any kind at all.

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Does it make sense that the “green” subsidy for someone who can afford a Porsche 918 (at more than $800,000) should be the same as for someone who can afford a Prius? California is changing the incentive to be based on income. The more you make, the less you get.

California changes EV subsidies based on income; wealthy get less, less-rich get more: