Clean Vehicle Rebate Project

Under the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP), California residents can receive up to $7,000 to purchase or lease a new, advanced technology vehicle. This includes plug-in hybrid electric, battery electric or fuel-cell electric vehicles (EVs). Through June 2018, CVRP provided rebates for over 256,000 vehicles at a cost of over $570 million since the project’s launch in 2010.

Family with their new clean vehicle

Family with their new clean vehicle

The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project hopes to promote electric vehicle adoption, especially among lower-income buyers, with its new CVRP Rebate Now program. The pilot program launched in San Diego County in January 2018. Consumers can now complete a simple online registration process, and once pre-approved, they are eligible for an immediate discount toward the purchase or lease of eligible models. Making the process of buying a new electric vehicle easier will attract more lower-income customers and lead the way towards reaching the State’s goal to put at least 5 million zero-emission vehicles on California roads by 2030.

The president of the Center for Sustainable Energy, Lawrence Goldenhersh, explains the simple process: “Car shoppers in San Diego can now get pre-approved before they purchase or lease an EV and then transfer the rebate amount directly to the dealership rather than applying for the rebate after the transaction. In just a few simple steps, the car dealership can claim the transferred rebate and use it to lower the customer’s down payment.”

Erica, from San Diego, took advantage of CVRP and got a new Kia Soul electric vehicle. Her monthly budget for gas was $250 and the lease on her new Kia is $206.

“The financial benefits were what persuaded me to give this car a shot, but I have been pleasantly surprised with other bonuses that come with an EV,” she said. “Our car has become a source of pride for our family. It feels good to break our dependency on gas. Plus, the kids love this car. It definitely has the ’cool’ factor. I can’t believe it took me so long to make the switch. Going back to a gas-powered vehicle is not even an option. Want my advice? Run the numbers for your family and do it today. The results just might surprise you.”