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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 $800 to $14,500 depending on eligibility


Clean Vehicle Rebate Program: $1,500 – $2,500 from CVRP with an additional $2,000 rebate for eligible low-to-moderate income households as a check in the mail,
OR
Clean Vehicle Assistance Program: $2,500 (HEV) or $5,000 (PHEV, BEV, or FCEV) from CVAP as a down payment assistance grant AND a free home charging station (Limited availability)

Buyers can only access one of these two programs.


Utility Clean Fuel Rebate (from PG&E or SCE): $1000 from SCE or $800 from PG&E. 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 (not a tax refund). The size of the credit depends on an individual’s tax liability and the type of vehicle they buy.


Consumer Assistance Program: $1,000 – $1,500. For the retirement of an older, high-polluting vehicle that has failed its most recent smog check.

Range of Incentives Available $800 to $14,000 depending on eligibility


Clean Vehicle Rebate Program: $1,500 – $2,500 from CVRP with an additional $2,000 rebate for eligible low-to-moderate income households as a check in the mail


Utility Clean Fuel Rebate (from PG&E or SCE): $1000 from SCE or $800 from PG&E. 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: $1,000 – $1,500. For the retirement of an older, high-polluting vehicle that has failed its most recent smog check.

Range of Incentives Available: $800 to $7,000 depending on eligibility


Clean Vehicle Assistance Program: $2,500 (HEV) or $5,000 (PHEV, BEV, or FCEV) from CVAP as a down payment assistance AND a free home charging station (limited availability)


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


Consumer Assistance Program: $1,000 – $1,500. For the retirement of an older, high-polluting vehicle that has failed its most recent smog check.

Range of Incentives Available: $0 to $8,500 depending on eligibility


Clean Vehicle Rebate Program: $5,000 from CVRP with an additional $2,000 rebate for eligible low-to-moderate income households as a check in the mail
OR
Clean Vehicle Assistance Program: $5,000 from CVAP as a down payment assistance grant

Buyers can only access one of these two programs.


Consumer Assistance Program: $1,000 – $1,500. For the retirement of an older, high-polluting vehicle that has failed its most recent smog check.

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 $1,500 rebate is available for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, $2,500 for pure battery electric vehicles, $5,000 for fuel cell electric vehicles, and $900 for electric motorcycles. Low-to-moderate income households can qualify for an additional $2,000 add-on rebate. Rebates came as a check from the state that is sent in the mail. For more info, got to the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program website.
  • Option 2: Option 2: Clean Vehicle Assistance Grant Program – provides eligible low-to-moderate income households with a $2,500 grant for a new or used hybrid electric vehicle OR a $5,000 grant for a new or used plug-in electric vehicle or fuel cell vehicle. The grant will reduce the price of the purchased vehicle at the time of sale. Households that purchase a plug-in electric vehicle also receive a free home charging station from the assistance program, which will be installed at no cost by GRID Alternatives. 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 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 $450 rebate for a new or used plug-in electric vehicle purchased before 2019 or a $1000 rebate for purchases on or after January 1, 2019, 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 – a $500 rebate for a new or used plug-in electric vehicle purchased before 2019 or a $800 rebate for purchases on or after January 1, 2019, 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 a new plug-in electric vehicles only. The tax credit is deducted from the amount owed on taxes to the Federal government. The total amount of tax credit received depends on an individual’s tax liability and the type of plug-in electric vehicle purchases. 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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