There are many resources available to customers and users of electric vehicles. CNCDA uses its best effort to maintain information on this page, but programs can change quickly. If you’re interested in a program, visit its website to learn more.
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Rules for federal EV Incentives have changed effective 2023. For EVs purchased before 2023, see the IRS guidance at Federal Tax Credit for Plug-in Electric Vehicles.
For sales beginning in 2023 and after, see Credits for New Clean Vehicles Purchased in 2023 or After | Internal Revenue Service (irs.gov).
- Federal tax credit for new Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV)s and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV)s
- Tax credit of up to $4,000 for pre-owned vehicles and up to $7,500 for new vehicles
- No longer any minimum federal tax liability for buyers who transfer their federal tax credits to their dealer at point-of-sale
- Subject to income limitations (click here for limits)
- For a list of eligible vehicles, click here.
- Administered by the California Air Resources Board
- Aimed at provided greater incentives to assist lower and moderate income buyers to be able to afford hybrids/EVs/PHEVs
- Currently administered in the five largest air districts in California: South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD), San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (APCD), Bar Area AQMD, Sacramento Metropolitan AQMD, with and upcoming program in San Diego APCD
- There are plans to expand the program statewide to reach communities outside these district programs that would include rural, tribal, and low-income communities and other populations.
- The district programs will expand to all areas of their respective jurisdiction with the single third-party administrator serving all other areas of California. All areas of the state would either be served by the expanded district programs or by the third-party administrator. The third-party administrator will be selected through a competitive solicitation that was released March 2023.
- Program originally offered instant savings up to $750 (recently reduced from $1,500) on the purchase or lease of a new Battery Electric (BEV) or Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) vehicle
- Amount of savings depended on battery size and vehicle eligibility
- Update as of Fall 2023: the reward amount has been reduced to zero. When the reward amount reduction period ends, new program details will be added to the state’s website for the program.
- Rebate from $1,000 to $7,000 on the purchase or lease of a new, eligible zero-emission vehicle
- Currently includes PHEVs and fuel cell vehicles
- Effective November 8, 2023, CVRP will no longer be accepting new applications. New applications received prior to November 8, 2023, will be placed on the standby list. Includes additional income-based “increased rebate”
- Update from the program website: “Funds for CVRP are nearly exhausted. Applications received on or after September 6, 2023, will be placed on a standby list and are not guaranteed a rebate.”
- Partnership with California Air Resources Board (CARB)
- Used reliable advanced technology vehicles
- Down payment, financing, and flexible repayment assistance
- All Bay Area counties, Sacramento, Santa Cruz, and Yolo
- Update As of 10/5/2023: Driving Clean Assistance Program will no longer accept new applications. At this time, all available grant funds have been exhausted and DCAP will not be accepting any new applications. Applications submitted before the effective date will be processed in the order received. However, there is no guarantee of grant funds. There is no timeline for more funding at this time.
- Administered by the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR)
- Consumer may retire a qualified vehicle and receive up to $1,500
- Offers assistance for vehicle that cannot pass smog
- HVIP provides individuals or business buyers of medium and heavy-duty eligible EVs or PHEVs purchased from registered dealers in California with incentives from $20,000 to $240,000.
- No income restrictions
- Applied at point-of-sale
- Eligible vehicles listed here: https://californiahvip.org/vehiclecatalog/.
- Rebate up to $2,000 for used BEV
- Purchase price must be below $22,000
- Standard rebate $2,000
- Income-qualified rebate $3,000
- Program changes as of July 1,2022:
- Antelope Valley residents can claim a $500 incentive for the purchase of any make & model battery-electric plug-in vehicle purchased only from Antelope Valley Dealerships.
- Out-of-area and online vehicle purchases are ineligible.
- All other participation guidelines still apply.
- Up to $9,500 in incentives
- Low-income Bay Area residents only
- Must retire a 1996 or older vehicle and replace it with an eligible vehicle
- Up to $1,000 rebate
- Customers enrolled in the low-income program through the utility may get up to $1,500
- Only available for used EVs registered to a residence serviced by the utility
- Program guidelines updated October 1, 2023
- Program offers financial incentive in the form of a voucher for the purchase of a new, eligible lower-emitting vehicle.
- The District’s DMV Grant Vehicle Voucher Program is an ongoing with no application deadline. Applications will be processed first-come first-served and vouchers will be issued accordingly.
- Voucher awards and associated new vehicle emission classification requirements are as follows:
- $4,000 for purchase of a Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) with EPA Smog Score of 10.
- El Dorado County residents
- Up to $599 incentive for the purchase or lease of an electric vehicle that is eligible for the DMV’s Clean Air Vehicle (CAV) decal.
- Pre-approval required
- LADWP customers eligible
- Up to $2,500 for used EVs
- Update from the program website: New changes are coming to the Used EV Rebate Program in late Fall of 2023! Stay tuned and check back for updates on a new application form and other enhancements.
- Income limits apply
- $3,500 instant rebate for purchasing or leasing a new EV or plug-in hybrid
- $2,000 instant rebate for purchasing or leasing a pre-owned EV or plug-in hybrid
- Rebates for residential customers of PWP and Commercial Customers
- Get up to $1,500 in rebates for new EVs. Rebates on new EVs end December 31, 2023.
- Vehicle rebates will continue on used vehicles in 2024.
- Customers can receive a rebate up to $250 when they purchase or lease a new or used plug-in electric vehicle (EV).
- Customers can receive an additional $250 bonus rebate if they purchase or lease an EV from a Pasadena auto dealer. Note: Since Tesla relies on a direct-sale business model where the transaction is completed entirely online, the Pasadena auto dealer bonus will not apply.
- An additional $1,000 is available for customers currently participating in PWP’s income-qualifying programs.
- Additionally, customers can receive a $600 rebate when they install a qualifying Level 2 “Wi-Fi enabled” EV charger, or a $200 rebate when they install a standard (Non Wi-Fi) Level 2 EV charger in their home.
- Base Rebate (PHEV) – $700
- Base Rebate (BEV) – $1,000
- Increased Rebate (income-qualified residents)(PHEV) – up to $3,700
- Increased Rebate (Income-qualified residents)(BEV) – up to $4,000
- Must apply and be approved prior to purchase
- Up to $500 rebate for purchase or lease of new BEV or PHEV
- Vehicle must be purchased within 6 months of application
- Vehicle must be registered in Plumas, Lassen, or Washoe County
- Up to $3,000 voucher for REU utility costs for purchase or lease of a new, qualified electric vehicle
- Must income qualify
- Must purchase vehicle from participating dealerships
- BEVs – up to $3,000
- Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles – up to $3,000
- PHEVs – up to $2,000
- Natural gas vehicle rated as an Advanced Technology Partial Zero-Emission Vehicle (AT PZEV) – up to $2,000
- Natural gas vehicles rated as a Super Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) – up to $1,500
- Valley residents only
- Residency and income limitations (must be 300% below federal poverty level) and more incentives are available for members of Disadvantaged Communities
- Incentive to replace 2006 or older high polluting vehicle
- Conventional (meeting program fuel economy standards)
- Hybrid 20+
- Hybrid 35+
- Up to $12,000 for qualified residents, who meet income qualifications and depending on whether buyer is member of a Disadvantaged Community
- Up to $9,500 to replace older, high-polluting vehicle with newer vehicle or upgrade to a hybrid or EV
- Note: due to a high number of applicants, it can take up to 10-12 weeks after submitting an application before being assigned to a case manager
- Income and vehicle eligibility restrictions apply
- Up to $4,000 rebate for purchase or lease of an eligible used EV
- Standard rebate – $1,000
- Income-qualified rebate – $4,000
- Standard rebate – $500
- CARES program customers – $700
- Qualifying new or used BEVs only
- Limit 2 rebates per residential account
Anaheim Public Utilities – Plug-in Electric Vehicle Charger Rebate – Effective January 1, 2024, EV charger rebate amounts will change to $1,000 for the Level 2 charger, and $1,500 for the networked charger on a time-based rate. Rebates are subject to availability of funds.
Azusa Light & Water – EV Charger Rebate – up to $1,500
Burbank Water and Power – Residential EV Charger Rebate – up to $1,500
Colton Electric Utility – EV Charger Rebate – up to $500
Sonoma Clean Power – GridSavvy – Get 50% off a smart Level 2 electric vehicle charger for your home.
South Coast Air Quality Management District – Residential EV Charging Incentive Pilot Program – up to $500, currently restricted to low-income residents
For more current and past local credits, EVSE credits, and in-home charging incentives, click here.