Plug-In Hybrid and Zero Emission Light-Duty Vehicle Rebates

Archived: 04/17/2024

The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) offers rebates for the purchase or lease of qualified vehicles. Qualified vehicles include light-duty electric vehicles (EVs), fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved or certified. The rebate amounts are up to $4,500 for FCEVs, $2,000 for EVs, $1,000 for PHEVs, and $750 for zero emission motorcycles. Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis to California residents who purchase or lease new eligible vehicles. Residents of San Diego County may be eligible for a preapproved rebate through the CVRP Rebate Now pilot. Manufacturers must apply to CARB to have their vehicles included in the CVRP.

Individuals are eligible for the rebate based on gross annual income, as stated on the individual’s federal tax return. Individuals with a gross annual income below the following thresholds are eligible for all rebates except those that apply to FCEVs:

  • $135,000 for single filers
  • $175,000 for head-of-household filers
  • $200,000 for joint filers

Increased rebate amounts are available for individuals with low and moderate household incomes of less than or equal to 400% of the federal poverty level. CARB must provide outreach to low-income households and communities to raise awareness about CVRP.

For more information, including information on income verification, a list of eligible vehicles, and instructions on how to apply, see the CVRP website.

(Reference California Health and Safety Code 44274 and 44258)

Jurisdiction: California

Type: State Incentives

Enacted: Mar 15, 2010

Amended: Sep 13, 2018

Technologies: EVs, Hydrogen Fuel Cells, NEVs, PHEVs

See all California Laws and Incentives.