CLEAN-FUEL VEHICLE PURCHASE INCENTIVE PROGRAM
In order to encourage reduced auto emissions,
stimulate the Downtown San Jos� economy, and increase
sales of Clean-Fuel Vehicles at San Jos� auto
dealerships, the City of San Jos� Department of
Transportation recently developed a Clean-Fuel Vehicle
Purchase Incentive Program that allows FREE parking at
its Downtown public parking facilities and on-street
meters throughout the City for Clean-Fuel Vehicles
purchased in San Jos�.
Clean-Fuel Vehicles include Hybrid Vehicles, which
utilize a combination of gasoline and electric power.
The City Council approved this new program on April
29, 2003 with the support of environmental groups,
such as the Kirsch Foundation, which advocates the
implementation of emerging Alternative Fuel
DOT will lead the way by providing detailed
information to dealerships on a $2,000 federal tax
deduction for new Hybrid vehicle owners in addition to
free parking in Downtown San Jos� for new vehicle
purchases after January 1, 2003. The tax incentive is
available to consumers regardless whether one itemizes
deductions on their taxes or not.
"This proposal wins all the way around," said Mayor
Ron Gonzales. "It helps to reduce air pollution, it
encourages auto sales in San Jos�, and it will bring
more people to visit our downtown. This is an
Other Alternative Fuel Vehicles, such as electric
vehicles, have been enjoying the free parking
incentive since April 2001. However, new electric
vehicle models are not readily available to consumers
due to manufacturing trends in the auto industry, as
well as price tags that averaged twice the cost of
That's where a partnership between the Department of
Transportation, the Environmental Services Department
and the Office of Economic Development came together
with the idea of extending free parking to new Hybrid
vehicles. Hybrids are readily available at several San
Jos� auto dealerships and come with a price tag that
is much easier on the wallet - about 10 percent over
the normal price of standard autos - which can be
off-set with the federal tax incentive.
To qualify for this free parking incentive, car buyers
can purchase a new Honda Civic Hybrid, Honda Insight
or Toyota Prius at San Jos� auto dealers. These
dealers will provide new buyers with an application
for a special permit, which is obtained from the San
Jos� Department of Transportation.
Hybrid vehicles generally get nearly 60 miles to the
gallon. By the end of 2003, Ford will release a 2004
Escape Hybrid, a mid-size SUV, and plans to offer a
Hybrid version of the popular Ford Explorer SUV in
2005. Mercedes also plans to release a Hybrid.
With the variety of models planned for release over
the next few years, everyone is bound to find a Hybrid
vehicle to satisfy their needs, save on the cost of
gasoline and contribute to a cleaner environment.
The San Jos� Downtown Association has endorsed the
program because it will create additional
opportunities to welcome visitors to Downtown.
According to Downtown Association president Jan
Schneider, "This will benefit both new car owners who
buy hybrids, and our members who are local restaurants
and merchants in downtown San Jos�."
Scott Knies, Executive Director of the San Jos�
Downtown Association remarked, "A friend of mine just
drove to Los Angeles and back on a single tank of gas
in a new Hybrid. With fuel economy like that, I want
to get one too."
For more information on the San Jos� Clean-Fuel
Vehicle Purchase Incentive Program, contact Jason
Burton at (408) 794-1427 or jason.burton@...
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