The California Clean Vehicle Rebate Project offers a rebate of up to $7,000 when a resident of California who is qualified to purchase or lease a new all-electric, plug-in hybrid, or fuel-cell electric vehicle. The program’s eligibility depends on the applicant’s income. The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project is financed and managed by the Center for Sustainable Energy by the California Air Resources Board.
1. Is the rebate available in all of California or only in certain parts?
The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project is a statewide program.
2. Is it only for lower-income California residents?
The program offers first-come, first-served car rebates to customers for new hybrid, battery-electric, and fuel cell-electric passenger plug-in vehicles. The program is accessible to citizens of California who fulfill eligibility criteria for revenue and companies based in California. Consumers with family income below or equal to 300 percent of the rate of federal poverty are eligible for an enhanced rebate.
3. Is it for all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles both for purchase and leasing?
The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project provides discounts for purchasing or leasing eligible zero-emission and hybrid plug-in electric light-duty cars. Visit (for a full list of qualified cars): https://cleanvehiclerebate.org/eng/eligible-vehicles
4. Is it only for new vehicles?
Yes. The program is for new, eligible light-duty plug-in hybrid or battery-electric vehicles.
5. Which organization or organizations are backing the program?
CVRP is part of California Climate Investments, a nationwide initiative that brings billions of dollars in cap-and-trade to job to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, strengthen the economy, and improve public health, especially in poor groups.
6. Is the goal to replace older more polluting vehicles with zero-emission and very low emission vehicles?
CVRP encourages the implementation of clean cars in California by providing discounts of up to $7,000 to buy or rent fresh, qualified zero-emission cars, including electric, plug-in hybrid electric and fuel cell cars.
With more plug-in electric vehicles on its roadways than any other state, California leads the country in clean vehicle implementation. This change away from diesel and gasoline gives many environmental and financial advantages, including lower air pollution and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
The discounts are working. As demand for the cleanest cars on the market skyrocketed in 2018, California customers are applying for clean-vehicle rebates at a record rate, and demand has persisted. California’s electric car rebates were 50% greater in 2018 than in 2017.
7. How long will the program run?
The California Air Resources Board is striving to provide normal rebates throughout the year, but it’s hard to forecast demand and balance it with the budget. This leads to the likelihood that money will run out before the year ends. CARB, however, prioritizes CVRP financing to guarantee that enhanced rebates are accessible throughout the year for low-and moderate-income consumers.
8. How many applicants have there been so far?
Over 319,000 rebates, totalling over $720 million in rebate financing, were awarded for the life of the project (between March 2010 and March 2019). (The following information can be tracked here: https:/cleanvehiclerebate.org/eng/rebate-statistics)
9. Why operate such a program?
The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project is one of several incentive programs to decrease air pollution and safeguard public health by the California Air Resources Board. These programs that assist encourage the implementation of clean vehicles are component of California’s extensive plan to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector, the biggest source of air pollution and climate-changing gases in the state.
California simply can not