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

The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) offers rebates for the purchase or lease of qualified vehicles. Qualified vehicles are light-duty zero emission and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles the California Air Resources Board (ARB) has approved or certified. Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis to individuals, business owners, and government entities in California that purchase or lease new eligible vehicles. Manufacturers must apply to ARB to have their vehicles included in the CVRP.

Vehicles purchased on or before March 28, 2016, are eligible for rebates of up to $5,000. For vehicles purchased on or after March 29, 2016, eligibility for the rebate for individuals is based on gross annual income, as stated on the individual's federal tax return. Individuals with a gross annual income above the following thresholds are only eligible for rebates for fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs):

  • $250,000 for single filers
  • $240,000 for head-of-household filers
  • $500,000 for joint filers
For individuals with low and moderate household incomes of less than or equal to 300% of the federal poverty level, rebates are increased by $1,500, for a total rebate amount of up to $6,500. Increased rebates are available for ARB-approved FCEVs, battery electric vehicles, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

ARB determines annual funding amounts for the CVRP, which is expected to be effective through 2023. For more information, including information on income verification, a list of eligible vehicles, and how to apply, see the CVRP website.

(Reference California Health and Safety Code 44274 and 44258)

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