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Dealers FAQs

Dealership Essentials

What are the requirements for CVRP eligibility?
  • The customer must be a California resident
  • The vehicle must be on the Eligible Vehicle Models list
  • The vehicle must be new at time of lease or purchase
  • The vehicle must be owned, operated and registered in California for a minimum of 30 months (original lease term must be at least 30 months)
  • Two rebates per person. Customers may qualify for a third rebate for a fuel cell vehicle (FCEV) if the first 2 rebates were not for FCEVs
  • The customer must meet the income requirements
  • A CVRP application must be submitted within 18 months of vehicle purchase or lease date

For more information, please visit our rebate eligibility guidelines to learn about application requirements, the rebate limit, the CVRP ownership requirement and vehicle eligibility.

What are the income requirements?

Consumers are not eligible for CVRP rebates if their gross annual incomes are above the thresholds listed below. The income cap applies to all eligible vehicle types except fuel-cell electric vehicles.

  • $150,000 for single filers
  • $204,000 for head-of-household filers
  • $300,000 for joint filers

For applications submitted prior to April 16, 2019, the Administrator will review the following sections of an applicant’s federal tax return as reflected on their IRS tax transcript to help determine gross annual income:

  • On the 2017 IRS Form 1040: Sum of lines 7-21. Line 22 on IRS Form 1040 is not used to calculate total gross income for the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project.
    Note: Net operating losses carried over from previous years are not included in this calculation. If line 21 is negative, the corresponding "Statement" filed with your 1040 must be provided.
  • On IRS Form 1040A: Sum of lines 7-14
  • On IRS Form 1040EZ: Line 4

Updated IRS tax forms were released for use starting with the 2018 tax year. As a result, for applications submitted on or after April 16, 2019, the Administrator will review the following sections of an applicant’s federal tax return as reflected on their IRS tax transcript to help determine gross annual income:

  • On the 2018 IRS Form 1040: Sum of lines 1–5
    and (if applicable)
  • On IRS Form 1040 Schedule 1: Sum of lines 10-21. Line 6 on the 2018 IRS Form 1040 is not used to calculate total gross income for the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project.
    Note: Net operating losses carried over from previous years are not included in this calculation. If line 21 on Schedule 1 is negative, the corresponding "Statement" filed with your 1040 must be provided.

In some situations, more documentation will be requested at the discretion of the Administrator.  Please visit our income eligibility page for more information.

Why don’t I see my vehicle on the Eligible Vehicle Models list?

Vehicle manufacturers must apply for CVRP eligibility with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and meet several program requirements. Generally, a vehicle is not eligible to participate in the CVRP for one of these reasons:

  • It does not meet required emission standards
  • It does not have an original equipment manufacturer’s warranty
  • It does not meet the 30-month lease term duration requirements

Vehicle models over two years old are also removed from the Eligible Vehicle Models list.

 

Are there any exceptions to the “new” vehicle requirement?

There are three exceptions to the new vehicle requirement:

  • Unwind vehicle – The sale/lease was not consummated and buyer never took delivery
  • Rollback vehicle - Returned to a dealership shortly after being purchased/leased
  • Unregistered dealership demonstrator vehicle

These vehicles must not have been previously registered with the California Department of Motor Vehicles and must have an odometer reading of less than 7,500 miles. Additional documentation and/or written dealership verification will be requested at the time of application review to determine if a vehicle meets a new vehicle exception.

 

Which situations are not exceptions to the new vehicle requirement?

The following situations are NOT exceptions to the new vehicle requirement:

  • Previously registered dealer demo vehicles
  • Previously registered service loaners
  • Previously registered extended test drive vehicles

Vehicles that have been registered to another party, including the dealership, are considered previously registered vehicles.

 

Are floor model vehicles eligible?

Vehicles previously used as dealership floor models and test drive vehicles (dealer demos and executive dealer demos) are eligible for the rebate only if the vehicles have not been previously registered and have an odometer reading of less than 7,500 miles at the time of purchase.

What happens in a situation with unwind and rollback vehicles?

Unwind and rollback vehicles are eligible for the rebate only if the vehicles have not been previously registered and have an odometer reading of less than 7,500 miles at the time of purchase. Every unwind situation is different, so please contact CVRP immediately if you receive an unwind and we can walk you through the required steps.

If you have received a rebate, can you sell or trade in your vehicle before 30 months?

If a vehicle is traded in before 30 months, the customer must contact the Administrator.

What documents need to be submitted for the application?

Four (4) supporting documents are required to complete your rebate application:

  1. Your signed rebate application form. This form will be available for download on your application status page immediately after successful completion of the online application. It will also be attached to your confirmation email.
  2. A complete copy of your purchase or lease agreement. A complete contract is executed and signed. It includes an itemization of credits, discounts, and incentives received, if applicable, and all information needed to process the application.
  3. A copy of your temporary or permanent vehicle registration. The applicant’s name must be on the registration, and the registration must be current (not expired).
  4. A copy of your California driver’s license.
    1. If a business, proof of California-based business: local business license, articles of incorporation, or other formation document filed with the California Secretary of State.

Please visit our sample supporting documents for examples of required documents.

What is the timeline to receive the CVRP rebate?

We typically send your rebate check within 90 days of your application approval date. You will receive an email when your check has been placed in the mail. Delays beyond normal processing times may occur.

Are there any additional incentives for electric vehicles?

There are a number of additional incentives that may be available to you.

Please note: these incentives are separate from the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project. Please contact the appropriate administrator of the incentive program for more information. CVRP cannot guarantee eligibility in any other incentive program.

 

What are the HOV lane requirements?

Clean Air Vehicle (CAV) Decals - High Occupancy Vehicle HOV Lane Usage. Offered through the California Department of Motor Vehicles, a vehicle that meets specified emissions standards may be issued CAV decals that allow the vehicle to be operated by a single occupant in the HOV (carpool or diamond) lanes of California's freeways.

Beginning January 1, 2019, Assembly Bill 544 creates a new decal program to allow certain low emission vehicles to access high-occupancy vehicle lanes, regardless of vehicle occupancy level, for a four-year term. Access to high-occupancy vehicle lanes for vehicles with green and white decals will expire January 1, 2019. Vehicles issued a green or white decal in 2017 or 2018 will be eligible to reapply for a decal in 2019 granting them access to high-occupancy toll lanes until January 1, 2022.

For a vehicle purchased on or after January 1, 2018, the Department of Motor Vehicles cannot issue a clean air decal to an applicant who has received a consumer rebate, nor can an applicant participate in both the Clean Air Decal Program and the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, pursuant to California Vehicle Code (CVC) §5205.5, unless the income restrictions for tax returns fall below: $150,000 for a single person, $204,000 for a head-of-household, and $300,000 for a joint tax return.

In other words, for higher-income consumers that purchase or lease a BEV or PHEV that do not qualify for a CVRP rebate, qualification for the Clean Air Decal should be unaffected. Higher-income consumers that purchase or lease a FCEV, and thus, are currently exempt from the income caps listed above, will not receive a rebate if they have received a Clean Air Decal, and vice versa.

Information and updates regarding California’s Clean Air Decals may be found at: www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/carpool/carpool.htm.

 

What is the federal tax credit?

Federal tax credits for Zero-Emission Vehicles (ZEV) and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) range between $2,500 to $7,500, with factors such as battery capacity determining how much owners are eligible to receive. To meet the tax incentive's standards, a ZEV or PHEV must have a battery with a minimum capacity of 4 kilowatt-hours. Vehicles with a battery capacity of 5 kWh or greater are eligible for an additional $417 of tax credit added for every kilowatt-hour in excess of 4 kWh. Vehicles such as the Nissan LEAF, with a 24-kWh capacity battery, will be eligible for the maximum $7,500 credit. For further information on federal tax incentives for alternative fuel vehicles, hybrid vehicles, diesel vehicles, and electric-drive vehicles, visit www.fueleconomy.gov.

Are there any utility incentives?

Many utility companies offer incentives in the form of rebates and/or time-of-use rates that allow consumers access to lower cost electricity rates by charging their electric vehicle during off-peak hours.

 

How do I know if rebate funds are available?

View real-time CVRP funding availability. If funds are not available at the time of your application, you may still apply and be placed on a rebate waitlist. If funds are available at the time you submit your application, your rebate amount will be reserved when you apply online. You will receive your rebate as long as you meet all requirements and submit correct supporting documents within the given time frame.