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Should California Increase Electric Car Rebates?

An electric vehicle is being charged, March 28, 2016.
Matthew Bowler
An electric vehicle is being charged, March 28, 2016.
California Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco introduced a bill this week that could triple rebates for electric car buyers.

California is falling behind on its goal to put five-million zero-emission cars on the road by 2030.

With that in mind, California Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco has introduced a bill that could triple rebates for electric car buyers to up to $7,500 to boost sales.

Currently, electric vehicles owners are eligible for a $2,500 rebate while hybrid owners are eligible for a $1,500 rebate.

But it's still unclear how the state would pay for the program. Assembly Bill 1046 directs the state's Air Resources Board to set the rebates and identify a stable funding source without raising taxes or tapping into money recovered from utility ratepayers.

Ting joins Midday Edition Thursday to talk about his proposal.