Bill AB40 to weaponize clean car rebates stalls in California’s pollution battle against Trump

A plan to weaponize clean car rebates in California’s ongoing feud with the Trump administration over tailpipe pollution stalled in the state Legislature Monday.

The bill, by San Francisco Democratic Assemblymember Phil Ting, would have restricted clean car rebates to people buying from automakers that have sided with the state. That would have meant millions of dollars of incentives for Californians to buy clean vehicles from Honda, Ford, Volkswagen, and BMW — the four major automakers that agreed to follow California’s clean car rules.

The bill, AB 40, was up for consideration by the Assembly Transportation Committee today, but Ting elected to pull it — citing too little support. The decision means the bill will advance no further this year, which Ting called disappointing.