Assemblymember Salas Celebrates Clean Vehicle Giveaway in Kern County

10 electric vehicles donated to local nonprofits during “Tune In Tune Up” event

Assemblymember Salas Celebrates Clean Vehicle Giveaway in Kern County

ARVIN – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) joined Electrify America, Valley Clean Air Now (Valley CAN), United Way of Kern and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District for the Tune In Tune Up event at Arvin High School, which provides Valley-area drivers with a free vehicle emissions test. If the vehicle did not pass the test but can be repaired, drivers received a free voucher for up to $500 in emission-related repairs. Additionally, the event hosted a donation of a fleet of 10 electric 2018 Volkswagen e-Golfs, which were given to local nonprofits working in Kern County.


"Access to repairs and electric vehicles can often be expensive, which creates barriers for many working families,” said Assemblymember Salas. “Thanks to the sponsorship of organizations like Valley CAN, we are able to fix old vehicles and get new electric cars to our local nonprofits to clean up our air and create a healthier community for everyone.”


Valley CAN is a public charity that works towards reducing air emissions in the San Joaquin Valley, the region with the worst air quality in the United States. The organization primarily focuses on vehicle repair and replacement programs, which aims to reduce air pollution, address climate issues, and reduce transportation costs for local residents. During this event, electric vehicles were also donated to local nonprofits like the United Way of Kern County.


“The use of the electric Volkswagen e-Golf vehicles remotely connected to our Volunteer Hub will lower smog and greenhouse gas emissions and allow us to meet our goal this year of becoming an environmentally conscious organization while still being able to offer important services to Kern County residents,” said Mari Perez- Dowling, President & CEO at United Way of Kern County.


In addition to the vehicle giveaway and smog checks, the Community Action Partnership of Kern also provided food pantry kits for the first 300 families and COVID-19 vaccines by the mobile healthcare initiatives of Adventist Health.