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The Tesla Roadster (Credit: Tesla)

The Tesla Roadster (Credit: Tesla)

Starting today, as Green Car Reports puts it, "the not-yet-quite-bankrupt State of California is offering $5,000 rebates to residents who buy or lease a ...Tesla Roadster, the $109,000 two-seat all-electric convertible that blasts from 0 to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds on the power of 6,831 little lithium-ion batteries."

The Nissan Leaf (Credit: Nissan)

The Nissan Leaf (Credit: Nissan)

In truth, the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project is offering a range of rebates ($2,500-$7,500) for a range of electric drive vehicles.  To get the maximum rebate, the state suggests a car like the Nissan Leaf, scheduled for release this December. That's Advantage One for the Leaf.  Advantage Two: while Nissan hasn't named a price, it's "targeting a price in the range of other typical family sedans." Advantage Three: Hertz has announced it will rent Leafs, taking reservations starting in April.

Still, 0 to 60 in less than 4 seconds is tempting. Presuming you can drive that fast in California.

Now for some grimmer news. California lost 5%, or 79,000, of its industrial jobs between February 2009 and February 2010, according to Manufacturers’ News Inc. Southern California took the hardest hit. "Even though Los Angeles is still the state’s No. 1 city for manufacturing jobs," the San Francisco Business Journal notes, "the Southern California region as a whole lost 56,681 jobs." By sector, lumber, wood, furniture and electronics were particularly hard hit.

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About Rachael Myrow

Rachael Myrow hosts the California Report for KQED. Over 17 years in public radio, she's worked for Marketplace and KPCC, filed for NPR and The World, and developed a sizable tea collection that's become the envy of the KQED newsroom. She specializes in politics, economics and history in California - but for emotional balance, she also covers food and its relationship to health and happiness.

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