As we continue down the road of the electric vehicle (EV) era, some enthusiasts are already considering swapping in Tesla Model S powertrains into their ICE-powered vehicles. One might soon be able to get some financial rebate for doing the swap in California, if AB 2350 passes and becomes law. This bipartisan assembly bill is also sponsored by SEMA and looks to help encourage people to go EV by doing a swapped build rather than purchasing a whole new vehicle.
California has had programs aimed at getting owners into EVs for years, including the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program and the Clean Cars for All Program. The catch was that these programs were only for new vehicles and never for conversions. With Assembly Bill 2350, the Zero-Emission Aftermarket Conversion Project, owners of internal combustion engine (ICE) powered vehicles could receive a $2,000 rebate from the state for doing an EV swap. The bill states that it will allocate up to $2,000,000 annually from the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project to provide an applicant with a rebate for an eligible vehicle that has been converted into a zero-emission vehicle. The rebate would be limited to one per vehicle, and the board must establish guidelines for the program with a minimum eligibility criteria if it passes.
The bill has been unanimously approved by the California Environmental Quality Committee and awaits passage by the California Senate Transportation Committee. SEMA states that AB 2350 helps “preserve California’s rich car culture while creating new ways to make ZEV ownership more accessible.” Once Tesla powertrains started becoming plentiful in wrecking yards, Craigslist, and eBay, many complete swap kit manufacturers have popped up to make an EV swap easier than ever before, with many showing up at SEMA 2021. Even our own Project X with its new EV swap was featured at the show, along with conversions from many other manufacturers like Electric GT, Hypercraft, CanEV, and OEMs like Ford and GM. Even traditional ICE aftermarket makers like AEM and Holley are getting in on the EV swap act. If you’re in California and want to see this bill become a reality, be sure to contact your lawmakers by clicking on this link.
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