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Continued support of up to $6,000 for purchase of electric vehicles in San Mateo County

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The fight against climate change is the great challenge facing humanity in this century, and the necessary shift towards a decarbonized economy is based on renewable energies, a task in which everyone can participate.

Clean energies help preserve the environment and alleviate the crisis of fossil energies such as gas and oil, so international organizations such as the United Nations (UN) recommend actions to solve the consequences of the greenhouse effect, among which are the use of public transportation and other non-polluting means such as bicycles or electric vehicles.

Thus, the representative of Peninsula Clean Energy's company PCE, Carlos Moreno, pointed out that there are currently a series of advantages in using electric vehicles, among which the savings in costs such as maintenance and gasoline stand out, the latter being the one that has had a sustained increase in its prices.

And the fact is that the world of electric vehicles has evolved enormously in recent years, he said, proof of which is that their autonomy - kilometers that a car can travel with a fully charged battery - has increased 135 percent over the last 6 years.

During the transmission of the program "The voice of our roots"Moreno pointed out that PCE still has support programs for those who are thinking or looking to switch to electric vehicles.

And, he said, to start testing an electric car, PCE offers a program for $200 so that residents of San Mateo County and the city of Los Baños can rent an electric car for the weekend and decide if they want to switch to this mode.

In this regard, he pointed out that there are applications from different electric vehicle rental companies for users to decide which one they prefer.

This support is only given once per household and covers up to US$200, which is reimbursed once users register their proof of payment for the vehicle rental.

PCE also supports those who have decided to buy an electric car, through a support for which they are reimbursed up to US$1,000 when buying a used electric car, and US$700 for those who purchase a second-hand hybrid model.

In addition, he assured that for those low-income families who want to purchase a car of this type, PCE offers rebates of up to $6,000 for a used electric vehicle, and $5,700 for hybrids.

Likewise, Moreno explained that these programs can be added to those offered by the state and the county itself to obtain a greater discount, although, he said, there are dealers in San Mateo that give the discount automatically when buying a used hybrid or electric car.

If a car is not your thing, there is also an electric bicycle program, where PCE also offers rebates of up to one thousand dollars for people who want to acquire this type of vehicle, which is also an efficient and economical alternative for mobility. 

On the possibility that the car could run out of battery, he assured that for this there are several charging points in San Mateo County and the city of Los Baños, as PCE has invested more than $20 million to install public charging ports. 

On the other hand, he stressed that it is not necessary to have a special installation at home to charge this type of vehicles, but if you prefer, your energy provider company can make the relevant installations to improve charging times.

PCE is an electricity provider for San Mateo County and the city of Los Banos, providing clean electricity at lower prices than PG&E and investing the company's profits back into the community, Moreno said.

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Pamela Cruz
Pamela Cruz
Editor-in-Chief of Peninsula 360 Press. A communicologist by profession, but a journalist and writer by conviction, with more than 10 years of media experience. Specialized in medical and scientific journalism at Harvard and winner of the International Visitors Leadership Program scholarship from the U.S. government.


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