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Newsom injects $6.1B to speed shift to zero-emission vehicles

Original post made on Jan 26, 2022

Standing outside the Ford Greenfield Labs in Palo Alto on Wednesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom spoke about his vision for fast forwarding the state's zero-emissions economy and climate goals.

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Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 26, 2022 at 11:50 pm

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So, the budget for climate will be increased to $10 Billion per year in order to get more cleaner vehicles to replace gas guzzlers on the road. Yet, less than 7% of this would go to actually replacing gas guzzlers. Where does the other 93.25% of the money go?

The poor and middle classes are the ones who need help in replacing their vehicles. For many poor and middle class families, they cannot even fathom buying a new car right now -- because the prices have skyrocketed over the last decade. Which affordable "alternative fuel" vehicles can a person earning $31,960 per year (the median individual income in California) actually afford?

Besides, wasn't the big gas tax increase -- resulting in higher fuel costs to EVERYONE (rich and poor alike) -- supposed to go toward climate initiatives?

Posted by Book Em
a resident of Palo Verde School
on Jan 27, 2022 at 8:12 am

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So, Gavin Newsom shows up in Palo Alto to lavish love on Ford who has zero manufacturing presence and a small outpost of engineers, and who also had Zero interest in electric vehicles before Tesla came along and established that electric vehicles are both technically and economically viable.

It’s this type of political expedience and disrespect that encouraged Tesla to move HQ to TX. Those Tesla jobs up the hill and in Fremont are significant. Very little actual manufacturing goes on in CA right now but Tesla has done its part to significantly break that trend.

That $6B would have been better spent on building an effective state mental health infrastructure that would clearly improve California by addressing homelessness and drug abuse as well as reducing crime.

I wonder how many $$$ Ford dropped into Gavin's campaign chest to get the media spotlight.

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 27, 2022 at 8:41 am

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Interesting that Newsom came to Palo Alto to discuss this since Tesla was a Palo Alto company and moved away from California because of Newsom's policies to businesses.

Posted by Wendy
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 27, 2022 at 10:06 am

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The nonprofit where I work helps income-qualified Bay Area residents apply for grants and other incentives programs that make cleaner electric cars much more affordable. You can learn more about these resources by searching for "Acterra financial incentives clinics electric vehicles" or visiting . Electrified mobility shouldn't be limited to those with more affluence, but needs to be available to all. And it's important to note that maintenance and fueling costs are much lower for electric vehicles than for gas powered vehicles.

Posted by Linda
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 27, 2022 at 9:13 pm

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I'm happy that Gov. Newsom understands the essential role that electric vehicles play in stabilizing our climate and reducing air pollution--and that he's directing funding to support the vital transition to electrified transportation.

Now we need him to step up his leadership by insisting that residents of apartments and condos are given the same access to affordable, at-home EV charging as single-family residents enjoy. At the very least, new multi-family housing should be built EV Ready, to avoid hugely costly and onerous retrofits in the near future.

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Posted by Bob Wenzlau
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 28, 2022 at 7:33 am

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I am delighted to see our community's leadership celebrating Ford's innovation - this validates that climate is good for business and good for Palo Alto. We went all electric on our vehicles, and never looked back. That said, a bike is still best, and anything to avoid a car - gas or electric - should be furthered.

Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 29, 2022 at 1:11 am

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Where is the state treasurer here? I don't get the feeling that what the taxpayers want is listened to. That is not his money - it is our money. We need our infrastructure fixed. Read Mr. Roadshow in the papers - he consolidates opinions with what is actually happening. People want another lane on I-5. People want the roads fixed. People want more bridges to reduce traffic. People want our dams fixed - they are all old and not earthquake safe. The basic requirements are not being attended to. Focus on safety for everyone. The car companies are doing their job - producing cars. Not the governors job.