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Lawmakers pull the plug on California's push for electric vehicles




An attendee walks past the hydrogen fuel cell Toyota Mirai, at Drive The Dream 2015, an event aimed at accelerating the continued adoption of plug-in electric vehicles in California.
An attendee walks past the hydrogen fuel cell Toyota Mirai, at Drive The Dream 2015, an event aimed at accelerating the continued adoption of plug-in electric vehicles in California.
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Nationwide, the purchase of electric vehicles has been very slow. With cheaper gas prices, it's clear that most drivers are not inclined to prioritize their environmental footprint when purchasing a car.

The one place that is slightly above the curve is California. Governor Jerry Brown has repeatedly stated his goal is to get more electric vehicles on the road and he was willing to incentivize potential drivers by subsidizing the purchase of them.

But now, California lawmakers have pulled to plug on the cash. This seems to contradict the state's goals for a greener driving experience, so why make the cuts? And what effect could this have on trying to spur an already slow electric vehicle purchasing cycle?

Guest:

Jessica Caldwell: Senior Analyst and Director of Pricing and Industry Analysis for Edmunds, a site that covers car buying and culture

Christopher Megerian, Political reporter for the Los Angeles Times, covering Gov. Jerry Brown, the state budget and climate change policies.