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Affordable EVs are available today. After EV rebates and incentives, many EVs can be purchased for the same price as similar-sized cars fueled with diesel or gasoline. With the state’s Clean Vehicle Rebates and utility Clean Fuel Rebates, it’s also possible to lease some plug-in EV models for zero down and under $200/month.

Eligible low-to-moderate income households can get increased rebates that make EV leases even more affordable, with some offers for under $100/month and zero down. If you’re in the market for a used car, the state’s new Clean Vehicle Assistance Program is offering a $5,000 rebate for used plug-in electric vehicles and providing free home charging.

Want to learn more? Take a look at the incentives available for EVs today:

Range of Incentives Available $750 to $10,000+ depending on eligibility


Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (CVRP)*: $1,000 – $2,000 from CVRP with an additional $2,500 rebate for eligible low-to-moderate income households as a check in the mail. For the latest information about the CVRP, go to https://cleanvehiclerebate.org/eng,
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Clean Vehicle Assistance Program (CVAP)*:  provides financial assistance to cover down payments on new or used EVs, offers secure financing option, and a free Level 2 charging station or prepaid charge card. For the latest information about the CVAP, go to https://cleanvehiclegrants.org

*Buyers can stack these two state programs for new EV purchases only. Want help determining the best program for you? Contact us!


Utility Clean Fuel Rebate (from PG&E or SCE): $1000 rebate from SCE or $800 rebate from PG&E. The rebate is issued as a check in the mail from the utility that you get electricity from.


Federal Tax Credit: Up to $7,500 as a credit on next year’s tax. The tax credit is deducted from a person’s tax liability. It is not a tax refund. The amount of tax credit a person can use depends on their tax liability and the type of EV they buy. For more information, go to https://www.irs.gov/credits-deductions/individuals/plug-in-electric-drive-vehicle-credit-section-30d


Consumer Assistance Program: a $1,000 – $1,500 financial incentive for the retirement or replacement of an older, high-polluting vehicle. For more information, go to https://www.bar.ca.gov/Consumer/Consumer_Assistance_Program/CAP_Vehicle_Retirement_Program.aspx

Range of Incentives Available $800 to $5,500+ depending on eligibility


Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (CVRP)*: $1,000 – $2,000 from CVRP with an additional $2,500 rebate for eligible low-to-moderate income households as a check in the mail. For the latest information about the CVRP, go to https://cleanvehiclerebate.org/eng


Utility Clean Fuel Rebate (from PG&E or SCE): a $1000 rebate from SCE or $800 rebate from PG&E. The rebate is issued as a check in the mail from the utility that you get electricity from.


Federal Tax Credit: The tax credit goes to the automobile manufacturer that leases the EV, which can help drivers get a more affordable leasing agreement!


Consumer Assistance Program: a $1,000 – $1,500 financial incentive for the retirement or replacement of an older, high-polluting vehicle. For more information, go to https://www.bar.ca.gov/Consumer/Consumer_Assistance_Program/CAP_Vehicle_Retirement_Program.aspx

Range of Incentives Available: $1,000 to $7,500 depending on eligibility


Clean Vehicle Assistance Program (CVAP)*: provides financial assistance of up to $5,000 to cover down payments on new or used EVs,offers securing financing options, and a free Level 2 charging station or a prepaid charge card. For the latest information about the CVAP, go to https://cleanvehiclegrants.org/


Utility Clean Fuel Rebate (from PG&E or SCE): a $1000 rebate from SCE can be used up to three times on each EV (once new, and two used owners), the $800 rebate from PG&E can only be used once on a new EV. The rebate is issued as a check in the mail from SCE.


Consumer Assistance Program: a $1,000 – $1,500 financial incentive for the retirement or replacement of an older, high-polluting vehicle. For more information, go to https://www.bar.ca.gov/Consumer/Consumer_Assistance_Program/CAP_Vehicle_Retirement_Program.aspx

Range of Incentives Available: up to $7,000 depending on eligibility


Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (CVRP)*: $5,000 from CVRP with an additional $2,000 rebate for eligible low-to-moderate income households as a check in the mail. For the latest information about the CVRP, go to https://cleanvehiclerebate.org/eng


Consumer Assistance Program: a $1,000 – $1,500 financial incentive for the retirement or replacement of an older, high-polluting vehicle. For more information, go to https://www.bar.ca.gov/Consumer/Consumer_Assistance_Program/CAP_Vehicle_Retirement_Program.aspx

Links to additional info:

State of California

Rebate Programs:
The State of California has two programs that offer rebates for plug-in electric vehicles. When someone purchases or leases an EV, they need to choose one of these two programs.

  • Option 1: Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (CVRP) – provides rebates for the purchase or lease of new plug-in electric vehicles only. The rebate amount depends on the type of plug-in electric vehicle that is leased or purchased, and household income level. A $1,000 rebate is available for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, $2,000 for pure battery electric vehicles, $4,500 for fuel cell electric vehicles, and $750 for electric motorcycles. Low-to-moderate income households can qualify for an additional $2,500 add-on rebate. Rebates come as a check from the state that is sent in the mail. For more info, go to the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program website.
  • Option 2: Clean Vehicle Assistance Grant Program (CVAP)- provides eligible low-to-moderate income households with a down payment grant for a new or used hybrid electric and plug-in electric vehicle. A $5,000 rebate is available for pure battery electric vehicles and for plug-in hybrid vehicles, while a $2,500 rebate is available for hybrid electric vehicles. The grant reduces the price of the purchased vehicle at the time of sale. The CVAP also offers a free Level 2 charging station or a prepaid charge card to those who qualify. For more info, go to the Clean Vehicle Assistance Program website.

Consumer Assistance Program:
The California Bureau of Automotive Repairs provides $1,000 to $1,500 for the retirement or replacement of older high-polluting vehicles in California. The size of the rebate depends on a household’s level of income. For more information and eligibility requirements, visit the Consumer Assistance Program website and see their Eligibility Information.

Utility Rebate Programs

  • SCE Clean Fuel Rebate – a $1,000 rebate for a new, leased, or used plug-in electric is available to Southern California Edison customers. The rebate comes as a check in the mail. For more details and eligibility information, go to the SCE Clean Fuel Rebate website.
  • PG&E Clean Fuel Rebate – an $800 rebate for a new purchased or leased, plug-in electric vehicle is available to PG&E customers. The rebate comes as a check in the mail. For more details and eligibility information, go to PG&E Clean Fuel Rebate website.

Federal

  • Federal Plug-in Electric Vehicle Tax Credit: a tax credit of up to $7,500 is available for the purchase of new plug-in electric vehicles only. The tax credit is deducted from the amount owed on taxes to the Federal government. It is not a tax refund. The total amount of tax credit a person can receive depends on their tax liability and the type of plug-in electric vehicle purchased. For more information about the tax credit, go to the IRS Federal EV Tax Credit webpage. The amount of tax credit available for each plug-in electric vehicle model is available at FuelEconomy.gov.
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