Rebates and incentives can save you thousands of dollars when you purchase an electric vehicle. In addition to standard rebates, there are increased rebates for lower-income qualified individuals which significantly reduce the purchase price even further.
Rebates and incentives offset the cost of buying an electric vehicle and are offered by: federal, state, and community programs. Rebates and incentives are based on where you live, the type of vehicle purchased or leased and household income. Some rebates and incentive programs are provided at point of purchase of the vehicle and others are provided after the vehicle is purchased.
As of April 2022:
Rebates and Incentives Paid at Point of Purchase:
Clean Vehicle Assistance (Grant) Program – Up to $5,000
PROGRAM CLOSED AS OF APRIL 14, 2021. TENTATIVE REOPEN: Late Summer 2022.
Receive up to $5,000 on a NEW OR USED electric vehicle – grant money given does not need to be repaid: CVA Low Income Assistance
Driving Clean Assistance (Grant) plus low-interest car loans – Up to $5,000
Receive up to $5,000 on a NEW OR USED electric vehicle – grant money given does not need to be repaid: Driving Clean Assistance Grant Program
Grants provided in select counties only: Bay Area counties, Sacramento, Yolo, and Santa Cruz.
California Clean Fuel Reward – Up to $750
Receive up to $750 on the purchase or lease of a NEW electric vehicle: California Clean Fuel Reward
Rebates and Incentives Paid AFTER Purchase:
Federal Tax Credit – Up to $7,500
Federal tax credits of up to $7,500 are available for eligible NEW all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. The credit amount is determined by the size of the battery. Learn more here. This credit can be claimed at tax time, and car buyers are encouraged to consult with a tax professional to understand what this means to them.
California Rebate – California’s main statewide incentive program – Up to $2,000 – $4,500
This Clean Vehicle Rebate comes in the form of a single payment rebate check mailed directly to the applicant on a first-come, first-served basis generally within 90 days of approval. Both purchased or leased NEW electric vehicles qualify. Click here for eligible EVs and their applicable rebate levels.
Central Coast Community Energy (3CE) Rebate Program – Up to $1,000 – $4,000
3CE provides incentives for qualified NEW or USED clean vehicles purchased or leased between November 2021 and September, 2022. Applicants must be a current 3CE customer.
Income-qualified customers are eligible for double the incentives, making clean vehicles more affordable and accessible to lower-income individuals. Click here for information and availability.
Charging Rebate available: $2,000 – $4,000 available for Level 2 electric vehicle chargers at home or workplace. Includes the labor and material costs for installation, including electrical panel upgrades or replacements.
Monterey Bay Air Resource District (MBARD) – Up to $300 – $3,000
Effective July 1, 2021. Can be stacked with 3CE.
MBARD is providing incentives for qualified NEW or USED clean vehicles purchased or leased between July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022 or until funds run out. Applicants must live in the Monterey Bay Region.
Income-qualified residents are eligible for double incentives, making clean vehicles more affordable and accessible to lower-income individuals. Click here for more information and availability.
Vehicle Retirement Program – Up to $1,500
The Bureau of Automotive Repair’s Consumer Assistance Program offers eligible consumers vehicle retirement, up to $1,500. Click here for program information.
High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lane Access
Electric vehicles qualify for a Clean Air Vehicle (CAV) decal. This decal allows access to HOV lanes even if you are the only person in the vehicle. Find out more.
Rebates and Incentives At-A-Glance by Zip Code:
Take a look at the incentives available by entering your California ZIP code through the link below. You’ll be able to view vehicle tax credits and rebates, income-based incentives, charging station incentives, local utilities electricity discounts and special driving perks for electric vehicles: How much you can save on an EV
Free EV Purchase Guidance Assistance:
If you feel you need some assistance on determining which rebates/incentives you’re eligible for and how to get them, we can help you through our FREE EV Purchase Guidance Program