SEMA Sponsors ZEV Conversion Rebate Bill in California

SEMA Sponsors ZEV Conversion Rebate Bill in California

The bill will offer eligible Californians a rebate of up to $2,000 to convert their gas-powered vehicle into a ZEV.

Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D-Burbank) introduced Senate Bill 301 on Feb. 2, a bill the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) says it is sponsoring to create a financial rebate program for converting gas and diesel-powered motor vehicles into zero-emissions-vehicles (ZEVs). The legislation will allow California to support small businesses and maintain its rich car culture, while assisting consumers that want to convert their vehicles to cleaner engines.

The bill will offer eligible Californians a rebate of up to $2,000 to convert their gas-powered vehicle into a ZEV.  

SEMA says it is sponsoring the legislation, embracing the innovation of the auto industry as it works to make ZEV ownership more accessible following a similar bill introduced last year that passed in the Assembly with zero opposition, and encourages its members and enthusiasts in California to contact their lawmakers in support of SB 301.

“The aftermarket is a leader in innovation, and that includes in zero-emissions technologies,” said SEMA President and CEO Mike Spagnola. “SB 301 creates opportunities for our California-based small businesses, their employees, and consumers to build and have access to affordable zero-emissions vehicles.”

California has multiple programs, including the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (CVRP) and the Clean Cars for All Program, to promote the purchase of new ZEVs. However, none of these programs assist with ZEV conversions of gas-powered vehicles that started their life with an internal-combustion engine, SEMA says. SB 301 addresses consumers’ desire for clean transportation options by funding a creative alternative way to make ZEV ownership more accessible and affordable.

SEMA adds SB 301 also preserves California’s diverse and deep-rooted car culture, while helping the state meet its ambitious climate goals. Classic cars are a core part of American history and many communities across the state. By converting their vehicles to ZEVs, classic car owners and enthusiasts can retain a piece of California’s history and contribute to a lower-emission future.

SB 301 will additionally benefit automotive workers and small automotive repair and ZEV conversion businesses. ZEV conversions are a rapidly growing market. Encouraging and assisting in ZEV conversions puts money back into the hands of the small, independently owned businesses to support and create sustainable, good paying jobs, SEMA says.

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