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Do you qualify for a free EV?

By stacking three incentives and current record-low lease pricing, some drivers may be able to lease or purchase a new or used EV for free or very low cost.

Follow these eight steps to find out.

¿Usted califica por un VE gratis?

Con usando tres incentivos y precios bajos ahorita, unos manejadores quizás podrán arrendir o comprar un vehículo eléctrico nuevo o usado gratis o de muy bajo coste.

Sigue estos ocho pasos para ver.

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 with very low monthly payments (less than $200 per month).

Eligible low-to-moderate income households can get increased rebates and down payment grants that make EVs even more affordable.

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

Range of Incentives Available $1,000 to $11,000+ 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 after vehicle purchase. For the latest information about the CVRP, go to https://cleanvehiclerebate.org/eng.

Clean Vehicle Assistance Program (CVAP)*:  provides financial assistance to cover down payments on new (purchased or leased) and used EVs. Also 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


California Clean Fuel Reward*: Up to $1,500 as a point-of-sale reward applied to the purchase or lease of a new EV. For the latest information about the Clean Fuel Reward, go to https://cleanfuelreward.com.

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


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 $1,000 to $11,000+ 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 after vehicle lease. For the latest information about the CVRP, go to https://cleanvehiclerebate.org/eng


Clean Vehicle Assistance Program (CVAP)*:  provides financial assistance to cover down payments on new (purchased or leased) and used EVs. Also offers a 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.


California Clean Fuel Reward*: Up to $1,500 as a point-of-sale reward applied to the purchase or lease of a new EV. For the latest information about the Clean Fuel Reward, go to https://cleanfuelreward.com.

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


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/



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 after purchase. 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 three programs that offer rebates for plug-in electric vehicles. If someone wants to purchase or lease an EV, they are eligible to apply for all three programs. If someone wants to purchase a used EV, they are only eligible to apply for the Program 2 – the Clean Vehicle Assistance Program (CVAP).

  • Program 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 are applied for after the vehicle is purchased or leased and come as a check from the state that is sent in the mail. For more info, go to the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program website.
  • Program 2: Clean Vehicle Assistance Grant Program (CVAP) – provides eligible low-to-moderate income households with a down payment grant for a new (purchased or leased) or a 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 and must be applied for before a vehicle purchase or lease. The CVAP also offers a free Level 2 charging station with installation or a prepaid charge card to those who qualify. For more info, go to the Clean Vehicle Assistance Program website.
  • Program 3: California Clean Fuel Reward – provides a point-of-sale reward that is applied by the dealership toward the cost of a new vehicle purchase or lease.  Up to $1,500 is available depending on the battery size of the vehicle. For more info, go to the California Clean Fuel Reward 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

As of December 31, 2020 the SCE Clean Fuel Rebate and the PG&E Clean Fuel Rebate are no longer offered. If you purchased or leased a new or used EV before December 31, 2020 you can check with your utility if you are still eligible to receive these rebates.

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.

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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