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CEC is committed to creating a more resilient and just region in the face of climate change. Through our work with the Central Coast Climate Justice Network and elsewhere, our vision includes an end to racial injustices and their resulting environmental inequities.

COVID-19 disruptions have pushed personal transportation to an all-time low – instigating what hopefully will be some permanent shifts in our telecommuting habits. While it may seem counterintuitive to be investing in a new car at this moment, global impacts to the auto industry mean that affordable, more efficient electric vehicles are now more accessible than ever.

We have a rare opportunity in this moment to design a new approach to commuting and travel, and more permanently address hard-to-reach greenhouse gas emissions. We all have a right to clean, breathable air, and the fastest way California can get there is to switch to emission-free transportation. This switch is now more affordable and accessible than ever.

Take an EV learning journey with CEC:

  1. Watch and share our webinars with friends, family, or colleagues (see below).
  2. Read our latest press release and plan to attend a National Drive Electric Week event September 26 – October 4, 2020.
  3. Review CEC’s Basic Guide to EVs.
  4. Read this FAQ to get all your EV 101 questions answered.
  5. Read CEC’s Energy & Climate Program Director’s blogs Trains, Planes & Automobiles: How Transportation Systems May Be Permanently Altered by the COVID-19 Pandemic and Electric Vehicles Are For Everyone: Everything You Wanted to Learn About Affordable EVs, and More.
  6. Learn more about electric vehicles at www.ElectricDrive805.org or read stories about how others have gone electric.
  7. Keep in touch – we’d love to hear about your electric vehicle journey… and you could even be featured on our blog. Join CEC’s Electric Drive 805 Facebook group or email [email protected].

Together, we can say “no” to going back to the status quo and move the Santa Barbara region away from fossil fuels in one generation.

UPCOMING WEBINARS

Solarize Ventura County - Home Solar, Electric Vehicles, and Battery Systems: Affordable Options for Your Lifestyle
November 5, 2020

If you’ve considered switching to an electric vehicle (EV) – and would like to charge at home with solar energy – now may be the perfect time to take the leap and learn how to Drive on Sunshine!

Please join us to learn how driving electric pairs perfectly with going solar. We’ll cover EV options, help you consider the vehicles that will work for your lifestyle, and share how incentive programs make EVs more affordable than ever. We’ll also discuss the basics of solar, and how CEC’s Solarize Ventura County makes it easier and more affordable to go solar, add home battery systems, or both.

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PREVIOUS WEBINARS

Electric Vehicles 101 – All Your Questions Answered
June 4, 2020

In our June 4, 2020 webinar, we learned which 100+ mpge electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid might be best for you. We discussed financial incentives, charging, range, and how to pair home solar with your EV for maximum savings. We also learned how to purchase a new EV for the price of a Toyota Corolla, used EVs for as little as $5,000, and how to save $50,000 on gas with an investment of $6,000 on solar panels.

Home Solar, Electric Vehicles and Battery Systems
September 15, 2020

In our September 15, 2020 webinar, we learned how driving electric pairs perfectly with going solar. We covered some of the 40 plug-in hybrid and pure EV options, discussed charging, and shared how driving electric is more affordable than ever. We shared how to stack various incentives to purchase used EVs starting at $5,000, new EVs for around $20,000, or leased EVs for $200/month. We also discussed the basics of solar, and how CEC’s Solarize Santa Barbara makes it easier and more affordable to go solar, add home battery systems, or both. The 2020 Solarize Santa Barbara program is open July 28 – October 31 to residents in Southern Santa Barbara County and the 2020 Solarize Ventura County program is open September 9 – December 9, 2020 to residents in Ventura County.

National Drive Electric Week – Electric Vehicles 101
October 2, 2020

CEC’s Director of Energy and Climate Programs, Michael Chiacos, and Barry Rands, SLO Climate Coalition’s Green Transportation Specialist – both EV owners and industry experts – discuss which 100+ mpge electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid might be best for you. We discuss financial incentives, charging, range, and how to pair home solar with your EV for maximum savings. Learn how to purchase a new EV for the price of a Toyota Corolla, and used EVs for as little as $5,000. Discover how to save $50,000 on gas with an investment of $6,000 on solar panels.

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