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FAQs

Frequently asked questions about CVRP and the rebate application process. 
For information about CVRP for public fleets, go to the public fleet FAQs. Need help? Contact Us.

CVRP General Information

How often do CVRP program requirements change?

CVRP’s Terms and Conditions and Implementation Manual are updated every six months to accommodate operational process changes. Both the Terms and Conditions and Implementation Manual in place at the time of application will determine an applicant’s eligibility for the program. Changes to these governing documents may impact the applicant’s eligibility for the program.

The next regular updates are scheduled as follows*:

  • July 2020
  • January 2021

*Note that there may be instances where no update is necessary.


CVRP also reserves the right to update the Implementation Manual and the Terms and Conditions outside of the scheduled updates. The timing of these updates will be communicated here as early as possible.

Summary of Latest Updates
March 3rd, 2020: 

  • The CVRP Grace Period ended. The CVRP Grace Period extended the time period for an applicant to submit an application for vehicles that were removed from the vehicle eligibility list on December 3rd, 2019. These vehicles were only eligible for a rebate for applicants that purchased or leased their vehicles between September 3, 2019 through December 2, 2019, and submitted applications on or before March 2, 2020.
  • Updated IRS tax forms were released for use starting with the 2019 tax year. As a result, CVRP updated the Implementation Manual to reflect these changes. This update includes the specific line numbers that the Administrator will review beginning with applications submitted on or after April 16th, 2020 on the updated IRS Form 1040, and the new IRS Form 1040: Schedule 1.

December 3rd, 2019: With an increasing program demand that exceeds the current program budget, the California Air Resources Board approved changes to ensure that this year’s funding allocation provides a meaningful incentive to encourage EV purchases while maintaining a program that is viable for a longer portion of the upcoming year.

 

Purchaser or Lessee Requirements:

Vehicle Purchaser or Lessee:

  • Rebate limits were reduced from 2 rebates to 1 rebate per any single entity for individual and business applicants for the life of the program. This is not applied retroactively. Applicants who have not already met their rebate limit prior to December 3, 2019, are eligible for one additional rebate after December 3rd, 2019. Those that have already met their two-rebate limit are ineligible for an additional rebate.
     
  • Applicants need to submit applications within 3 months of the vehicle purchase or lease date (post purchase applications only). This was reduced from an 18-month timeframe. Vehicles purchased or leased prior to December 3rd, 2019 have an 18-month eligibility window in which to submit an application.

     Important: Applications are subject to the Terms and Conditions in place at the time of application submission. Exceptions will not be granted.
 

Vehicle Eligibility:

Vehicle Eligibility Criteria:

  • An MSRP cap of $60,000 was instituted on all vehicles with the exception of fuel cell electric vehicles.
  • The Urban Dynamometer Driving Schedule (UDDS) all electric range requirement for plug in hybrid electric vehicles was increased from twenty miles to 35 miles.

Eligibility Based on Income:

  • Income verification is required for all members of the household ages 18 and older (previously 17 and older).
  • The CVRP Categorical Eligibility List changed effective December 3rd, 2019. Below are the programs that were removed:
    • CalFresh/SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
    • California LifeLine
    • ESA (Energy Savings Assistance Program)
    • FERA (Family Electric Rate Assistance Program)
    • LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program)

Vehicle Rebate Amounts:

  • Standard rebate amounts were reduced. The new rebate amounts are:
    • $4,500 for Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles
    • $2,000 for battery or range-extended electric vehicles
    • $1,000 for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and
    • $750 for zero-emission motorcycles.
  • Increased Rebate amounts are unchanged:
    • $7,000 for Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles
    • $4,500 for battery or range-extended electric vehicles
    • $3,500 for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and
    • Zero-Emission Motorcycles are not eligible for an increased rebate. Low- and Moderate- Income Consumers may still apply for the standard rebate amount for these vehicles ($750).

Reduced Ownership Period Provisions:

  • Reduced ownership amounts for car share and rental fleets were reduced. The new rebate amounts are:
    • $1,800 for Fuel-Cell Electric Vehicles
    • $800 for All-Battery or Range-Extended Electric Vehicles
    • $400 for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles
    • Zero-Emission Motorcycles are no longer be eligible for the reduced ownership provision for car share and rental fleet vehicles.

Below is a list of vehicles that were removed from the vehicle eligibility list on December 3rd, 2019.

  • Audi e-tron
  • Audi A3 e-tron
  • BLUECAR Bluecar
  • BMW 530e iPerformance
  • BMW 530e xDrive iPerformance
  • BYD e6
  • Ford Focus Electric
  • Ford C-MAX Energi
  • Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell
  • Jaguar I-PACE
  • Karma Revero GT
  • Mercedes Benz B250e
  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV
  • Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
  • Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid PHEV
  • Tesla Model S
  • Tesla Model X
  • Volvo S60 T8
  • Volvo S90 T8
  • Volvo V60 T8
  • Volvo XC80 T8
  • Volvo XC90 T8

For more information regarding why these vehicles are no longer eligible, please read:
Why don’t I see my vehicle on the eligibility list? 

Which dealerships participate in CVRP Rebate Now?

Please visit our participating dealerships page to view a list of currently enrolled dealerships.

When will the option to get preapproved through CVRP Rebate Now be available statewide?

Statewide rollout of the CVRP Rebate Now option to get preapproved is anticipated to launch after the San Diego County pilot is successful. More details will be announced here as the statewide plan is finalized.

Do I need to know what vehicle I’m going to purchase before applying for CVRP Rebate Now and getting preapproved?

No, you do not need to know what vehicle you’re going to purchase. Once preapproved, you may choose to purchase/lease any eligible vehicle type. Your preapproved rebate amounts for each eligible vehicle type will be shown on your status page

What is the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project?

The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) is funded by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and administered statewide by the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) in order to promote the production and use of zero-emission vehicles, including electric, plug-in hybrid electric and fuel cell vehicles.

I want more detailed information about the CVRP. Can I get a copy of the CVRP Implementation Manual?

Yes. You can download a copy of the CVRP Implementation Manual, which contains the detailed guidelines for CVRP.

The Application Process

I’m preapproved. What are my next steps?

Congratulations! You can now either claim your rebate yourself after purchasing/leasing your eligible vehicle or have it applied directly to your purchase/lease price at a participating dealership*:

1. Purchase or lease an eligible vehicle at a participating dealership and let the dealership apply the rebate at the point of sale.

When visiting a participating dealership, bring your CVRP application number and California driver’s license number with you.†  The dealership will need these to verify your preapproved rebate amounts online prior to completing your contract. The dealership can then structure your negotiated purchase or lease price using the rebate as part of your down payment.

After negotiations are complete, the dealership will claim your rebate online. You will receive a final email to confirm that the dealership has claimed the rebate. There are no additional actions you will need to take. Your work is done once the purchase or lease agreement showing your preapproved rebate amount is signed and your sale or lease is finalized. The dealership will submit all required vehicle documentation to CVRP. 

 

2. Purchase or lease an eligible vehicle at any dealership and claim the rebate yourself.

If you would like to claim the rebate yourself, you may visit any dealership to purchase or lease an eligible vehicle. Once the purchase or lease is complete, claim the rebate yourself online before your preapproval expires. Before purchasing or leasing, be sure to review vehicle eligibility guidelines

You must submit required vehicle documentation to CVRP within 14 days of rebate claim. Please be sure to check your status frequently to make sure your application is approved.†† Rebate checks are issued within 90 days of application approval date.

Your rebate amounts by vehicle type are listed on your status page and may be used towards a new eligible vehicle model. For a full overview of the CVRP preapproval option, please visit our CVRP Rebate Now page

 

*Rebates must be claimed prior to preapproval expiration. 

† If you did not have a California driver’s license number or ID when you applied, this will be another unique identifying number from a passport, out-of-state driver’s license, etc. If you are unsure how we have recorded your alternate unique identifying number in our system, please contact CVRP to confirm your unique identifier and prevent issues with dealership verification. 

†† If we find an issue with your application materials, we provide ten days to correct the issue before automatic cancellation. If your application is cancelled, you will need to reapply and submit a new application. Any new application will go through the standard application process and your eligibility will be subject to the Terms and Conditions, Implementation Manual, and fund availability in place at the time of your new application.

I’m not able to purchase/lease before my preapproval expires. What are my options?

If you’re not able to purchase or lease an eligible vehicle prior to expiration of your CVRP Rebate Now preapproved rebate, you have the following options:

1) Apply for preapproval again and purchase/lease a vehicle after you are preapproved and before your preapproval expires.

2) Purchase/lease an eligible vehicle and apply through the standard post-purchase application process.

How long will it take to process my application?

CVRP staff members review applications in the order that supporting documents are received. Our average times to first review are shown below. We are very excited about the recent significant increase in Clean Vehicle Rebate Project applications. Due to this unprecedented volume, processing times are longer than usual. Our team thanks you for your decision to drive a clean vehicle and sincerely appreciates your patience while we work to process your application. These estimates were last updated: 03/02/2020.

  • Applications not selected for income verification: 61 calendar days.
  • Applications selected for income verification: 64 calendar days.

For example, if your documents were received by CVRP staff on 03/02/2020 and your application was selected for income verification, the estimated date of first review is 05/05/2020. Around this time, a staff member will review your application materials. If you meet all eligibility requirements and your documentation is complete, your application will be approved at that time; if you do not meet requirements for approval or your documentation is incomplete, you will receive a status update with more information. Status updates are communicated on your status page and by email.

As we cannot guarantee our emails will not be blocked by your email server, we highly recommend visiting your status page periodically to check the status of your application; if we find an issue with your application materials, we provide ten days to correct the issue before automatic cancellation.

What tax year does CVRP verify during the income verification process?

CVRP considers an applicant’s most recent federal tax return to be the one most recently required to be filed by the IRS. For example, CVRP began requesting tax transcripts for tax year 2018 after the tax filing deadline in April 2019.

If an applicant has filed their taxes for a tax year before CVRP switches to requesting it in April, the applicant may request that CVRP evaluate that tax year. For example, an applicant who had already filed their 2018 taxes in February of 2019 may request that CVRP evaluate their tax transcript for tax year 2018.

How do I know if I’ve been selected for income verification?

Applications are usually selected for income verification when you apply. If selected at this time, your confirmation email will include all necessary information and attachments. You will also see a place to upload Proof of Income on your My Application page immediately after you complete your online application:

Applications may also be selected for income verification later in our review process. If you are selected at a later time, we will send you an email with directions.

How do I apply for a rebate?

After purchasing or leasing an eligible vehicle, follow this simple process:

  1. Add cvrp@energycenter.org to your email safe senders list.
  2. Submit your CVRP application online. For California State and local government entities, visit CVRP for public fleets to apply.
  3. Write down your application number.
  4. Review our sample supporting documents and prepare your supporting documents to submit online. 
  5. Submit your supporting documents online within 14 calendar days of application date.
  6. Periodically check your status online to ensure you are aware of any further action needed to take your application to approval status.  Note: If we find an issue with your application materials, we provide ten calendar days to correct the issue before automatic cancellation.  Applicants with applications that cancel because required supporting documentation was not submitted within the required timeframe will need to re-apply. Eligibility will be reviewed based on the Terms and Conditions in place at the time a new application is submitted. Extensions will not be granted.

How do I add cvrp@energycenter.org to my email safe sender's list?

I’m not getting your emails. Where are they?

If you do not receive an email within 15 minutes after requesting a copy of your application form or a link to create/reset your password, please check your Spam / Junk / Bulk mail folder.

Make sure that cvrp@energycenter.org is on your email safe senders list so you can receive our emails.

Request a new password.

Request a copy of your application

How do I add cvrp@energycenter.org to my email safe sender’s list?

How do I add cvrp@energycenter.org to my email safe sender's list?

For guidance on adding our email address to your safe sender’s list, click the name of your email service provider below:

What is an email safe sender’s list?

Periodically check your Spam / Junk / Bulk mail folders in case one of our emails still gets caught in your filters. Some of our emails come directly from the specialist handling your application (example: firstName.lastName@energycenter.org), so please add any email address that you receive from us to your safe senders list and/or Contacts.

How long do I have to submit an application after I purchase my vehicle?

For vehicles purchased/leased on or after December 3rd, 2019, applicants must submit a rebate application within 3 months after the date of purchase/lease to be eligible for a rebate. Vehicles purchased or leased prior to December 3rd, 2019 have an 18-month eligibility window in which to submit an application. 

What supporting documents do I need to submit for my application?

Required supporting documents are listed by applicant type below. 

Note: Submitting incomplete or incorrect supporting documents will delay your application approval and may result in your application being cancelled. Visit our sample supporting documents page and use the checklist included to help avoid the most common mistakes.  For examples of complete Tesla Purchase and Lease Agreements, please visit our Tesla Sample Supporting Documents page.

Agreements, please visit our Tesla Sample Supporting Documents page.

 

Supporting Document

Individual

Individual Selected for Income Verification

Business/Nonprofit

Government

A signed copy of your CVRP application form

X

X

X

X

A complete copy of your executed and signed vehicle lease or purchase agreement*

X

X

X

X

Proof of temporary or permanent vehicle registration

X

X

X

X

A copy of your California driver’s license

X

X

 

 

A completed and signed IRS Form 4506-T and/or additional documentation to provide complete details on household size and income.††

 

X

 

 

Proof of California-based business: local business license, articles of incorporation or other formation document filed with the California Secretary of State

 

 

X

 

The name of the applicant must be listed on all original documentation. For tips and other guidance, please view sample supporting documents. Please contact the administrator immediately if there is a mistake on your application form. Applicants who submit an application form with an incorrect applicant name will need to re-apply. Eligibility will be reviewed based on the Terms and Conditions in place at the time a new application is submitted. Extensions will not be granted.

* For zero Emission Motorcycles, evidence of maintenance free batteries (and sealed if lead-acid) and a 24-month warranty is also required.

† For CVRP Rebate Now preapproval applications, vehicle documentation (purchase/lease agreement and proof of registration) is not required until after the applicant has purchased or leased a vehicle. If the dealership claims the rebate and subtracts the preapproved rebate amount from the vehicle price, the dealership is required to submit these documents on the applicant’s behalf; if the applicant claims the rebate, the applicant is required to submit them in order to receive the rebate payment. 

†† Only a portion of applicants will be selected for income verification. You do not have to submit proof of income unless you have been selected for income verification. For applicants selected for income verification and whose most recent tax year transcripts are not available, additional documentation will be required to verify compliance with current income requirements.  Additional documents may include, but are not limited to, paystubs, bank accounts statements, business bank account statements, brokerage account statements and/or summary of benefits. 

View Sample Supporting Documents PDF

How do I know if I've been selected for income verification?

How do I submit my supporting documents?

Easy Online Upload:

1. Log in with your application number and password.

2. Upload and submit your supporting documents online.

What is my application number?

What is my password?

Mail:

Center for Sustainable Energy
Clean Vehicle Rebate Project
3980 Sherman Street, Suite 170
San Diego, CA 92110

Note: Documents mailed to the California Air Resources Board, CSE’s Oakland or Los Angeles locations will not be processed. Please refrain from using tape or staples to combine your documents within your envelope.

Email:

Because of security and privacy concerns, applicants are strongly discouraged from emailing their supporting documentation. However, applicants may email their supporting documentation to cvrp@energycenter.org with the understanding that they accept all risk associated with emailing these documents. Note: Emails sent with Zip files are blocked and the administrator will not receive your supporting documentation.

What do I need to know about submitting my supporting documents online?

Each supporting document must be in a single file. We accept PDF, JPG, and PNG files.

Please make sure your files are not sideways.

I have multiple files for my supporting documents. What do I do?
How do I scan my long purchase/lease agreement?
What if I don’t own a scanner?

What if I don’t own a scanner?

Scanners are available at most California public libraries. Please visit your local California public library website or call your local library branch for more information.

Scanning services are also available through stores such as FedEx, Kinkos, Office Depot, Staples, The UPS Store, and other office stores. Please contact your preferred store to verify services.

How do I scan my long purchase/lease agreement?

If you have a long purchase/lease agreement, you will need to take several scans and combine the separate scans into one file.

Be sure to include all sections of your agreement. We recommend overlapping your scans so that some information is duplicated on each page:

How do I combine multiple files into one file?

How do I combine multiple files into one file?

If you have more than one file for a supporting document, here are some ways to combine multiple files into one document:

  1. Combine multiple pdf pages into one pdf document.
  2. Combine your files into a zip folder.

If you can’t combine multiple files into one file, view How do I submit my supporting documents? for other options.

Where is my application number?

Your application number is in your confirmation email.  It is also in the top left corner of your application form, which was attached to your confirmation email. Your application number looks like this: A-123456. 

If you did not receive a confirmation email, please check your junk mail and add cvrp@energycenter.org to your email safe senders list for future emails. If you still cannot find your application number, please contact CVRP staff.

What is my password?

I’m not getting your emails. Where are they?

How do I add cvrp@energycenter.org to my email safe sender’s list?

What is my password?

You only need a password after you submit an application online.

Follow the directions to request a link to create/reset your new password. Be sure to check your junk mail and add cvrp@energycenter.org to your email safe senders list.

How do I add cvrp@energycenter.org to my email safe sender’s list?

Is it okay if the address on my California driver’s license does not match the address on my application?

Yes. The address on your driver’s license does not need to match the address on your application form. However, the name on your driver’s license must match the name on the application form.

View Sample Supporting Documents PDF

I submitted my application before I was in possession of my vehicle, what should I do?

Contact CVRP staff immediately. 

Unless you are a Rebate Now, or a Public Fleet pre-acquisition application, you may only apply once you are in possession of your vehicle. For the purposes of CVRP, we consider this the date on your purchase or lease agreement. For Tesla and other vehicles ordered without a standard purchase/lease agreement, the date of registration with the California DMV is considered the date you are in possession of your vehicle. 

Applications received prior to the date of purchase/lease as stated above will be cancelled, and applicants will need to re-apply. Eligibility will be reviewed based on the Terms and Conditions in place at the time a new application is submitted. Extensions will not be granted.

Vehicle Eligibility

I purchased a vehicle that is no longer on the eligible vehicle list. Can I still apply for a rebate?

Unfortunately, vehicles that are not on our list of Eligible Vehicles cannot receive a rebate from CVRP. However, other rebates may be available for you. To learn more about what is available and how to apply, please visit the Air Resources Board's Drive Clean Buying Guide.

Why don’t I see my vehicle on the eligibility list?

What vehicles are eligible?

There are three different types of vehicles eligible for the project:

Zero-Emissions Vehicles (ZEV)
Any vehicle certified to zero-emission standards. Vehicles in the ZEV category include electric-drive, all-battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) up to 8,500 pounds gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). For the purposes of CVRP, ZEVs are categorized as defined in the California Zero-Emission Vehicle Regulation Sections 1962 and 1962.1, Title 13, California Code of Regulations (CCR). The range extended battery electric vehicle (BEVx) is a regulatory vehicle category that was approved by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in January 2012 and was included as a zero-emission vehicle type in June 2012 as part of the FY 2012-13 AQIP Funding Plan approval.   

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
PHEVs are hybrid electric vehicles that have zero-emission vehicle range capability and an onboard electrical energy storage device that can be recharged from an external source of electricity. In general, PHEVs are vehicles that can be driven using electricity, gasoline or both. PHEVs must have greater than or equal to 35 miles of Urban Dynamometer Driving Schedule (UDDS) range on electricity alone.

Zero-Emission Motorcycles (ZEM)
A ZEM is defined as either a two-wheeled electric motorcycle meeting the provisions of CVC section 400 or a fully enclosed, freeway capable, three-wheeled zero-emission vehicle.

Vehicle manufacturers must apply for CVRP eligibility with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and meet a number of program requirements. If all requirements are met, the vehicle is added to the list of Eligible Vehicles.

I'm an OEM; how do I get my vehicle on the CVRP Eligible Vehicle List?

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) manages the eligibility process. Vehicle eligibility requirements are available in the CVRP Implementation Manual.

Can rental car/car share companies participate in the CVRP?

Yes. Rental and car share fleets provide a unique opportunity for introducing eligible vehicles to a large consumer base. Rental fleets and car share fleets are subject to a limit of 20 rebated vehicles per calendar year.

Rental or car share fleets that own and operate vehicles in California for a minimum of 30 months are eligible for the vehicle’s maximum rebate amount as shown on the list of Eligible Vehicles. Rental and car share vehicles that are retained in California for a minimum of one year (twelve consecutive months) but less than 30 months are eligible for a reduced rebate amount (see table below).  Vehicles must be available for rent from a California rental location for the minimum twelve consecutive month term. 

Vehicle Type Maximum Rebate Amount Under Reduced Ownership
Fuel-Cell Electric Vehicle $1,800
All-Battery or Range-Extended Electric Vehicle $800
Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle $400
Zero-Emission Motorcycle Not Eligible
Why don’t I see my vehicle on the eligibility list?

Vehicle manufacturers must apply for CVRP eligibility with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and meet a number of 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.
  • It does not meet the minimum 35 mile electric range requirement (implemented December 3, 2019).
  • It does not have a base Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $60,000 or less (implemented December 3, 2019).

Vehicle models over two years old are also removed from the eligible vehicle list. The following table provides information on why several common vehicles are not on the list.

 

Model Reason Not Eligible/Removed from Eligible Vehicles List
Audi A3 e-tron Does not meet minimum 35 mile electric range requirement (implemented December 3, 2019)
Audi e-tron Does not have a base Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $60,000 or less (implemented December 3, 2019)
Azure Dynamics Transit Connect Electric Azure Dynamics is no longer in business, so there is no manufacturer's warranty
BLUECAR Bluecar Last eligible model year more than two years old; may still be eligible*
BMW i3 (Model Years 2014-2016) The listed model years are more than two years old; may still be eligible*
BMW 330e Not certified to the required tailpipe emission standard
BMW 530e iPerformance Does not meet minimum 35 mile electric range requirement (implemented December 3, 2019)
BMW 530e xDrive iPerformance Does not meet minimum 35 mile electric range requirement (implemented December 3, 2019)
BMW 740e Not certified to the required tailpipe emission standard
BMW ActiveE Lease term was only 24 months
BMW i8 Not certified to the required tailpipe emission standard
BMW X5 xDrive40e Not certified to the required tailpipe emission standard
Brammo Empulse Last eligible model year more than two years old; may still be eligible*
Brammo Empulse R Last eligible model year more than two years old; may still be eligible*
Brammo Enertia Last eligible model year more than two years old; may still be eligible*
Brammo Enertia Plus Last eligible model year more than two years old; may still be eligible*
BYD e6 Last eligible model year more than two years old; may still be eligible*
Cadillac CT6 Not certified to the required tailpipe emission standard
Cadillac ELR Last eligible model year more than two years old; may still be eligible*
Chevrolet Volt (Model Years 2012-2016) The listed model years are more than two years old; may still be eligible*
Chevrolet Volt (Non-Low Emissions Package) Standard emissions package not certified to the required tailpipe emission standard
Chevrolet Spark EV Last eligible model year more than two years old; may still be eligible*
CODA Sedan CODA is no longer in business, so there is no manufacturer’s warranty
Fiat 500e (Model Years 2013-2016) The listed model years are more than two years old; may still be eligible*
Fisker Karma Not certified to the required tailpipe emission standard
Ford C-MAX Energi Does not meet minimum 35 mile electric range requirement (implemented December 3, 2019)
Ford Focus Electric Last eligible model year more than two years old; may still be eligible*
Ford Fusion Energi (Model Years 2013-2016) The listed model years are more than two years old; may still be eligible*
Honda Accord Plug-In Does not meet minimum 35 mile electric range requirement (implemented December 3, 2019)
Honda FCX Clarity Last eligible model year more than two years old; may still be eligible*
Honda Fit EV Last eligible model year more than two years old; may still be eligible*
Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid (Model Year 2016) The listed model years are more than two years old; may still be eligible*
Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Last eligible model year more than two years old; may still be eligible*
Jaguar I-PACE Does not have a base Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $60,000 or less (implemented December 3, 2019)
Karma Revero Not certified to the required tailpipe emission standard
Karma Revero GT Does not have a base Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $60,000 or less (implemented December 3, 2019)
Kia Soul EV (Model Years 2015-2016) The listed model years are more than two years old; may still be eligible*
Mercedes Benz B250e Last eligible model year more than two years old; may still be eligible*
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 350e Does not meet minimum 35 mile electric range requirement (implemented December 3,2019)
Mercedes-Benz GLE 550e Not certified to the required tailpipe emission standard
Mercedes-Benz F-Cell Last eligible model year more than two years old; may still be eligible.*
Mercedes-Benz S560e Not certified to the required tailpipe emission standard
Mercedes-Benz S-Class 550e Does not meet minimum 35 mile electric range requirement (implemented December 3, 2019)
Mini Cooper SE Countryman All4 Not certified to the required tailpipe emission standard
Mitsubishi i-MiEV Last eligible model year more than two years old; may still be eligible*
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Does not meet minimum 35 mile electric range requirement (implemented December 3, 2019)
Nissan Leaf (Model Years 2011-2016) The listed model years are more than two years old; may still be eligible*
Porsche Cayenne Not certified to the required tailpipe emission standard
Porsche 918 Spyder Not certified to the required tailpipe emission standard
Porsche Panamera Not certified to the required tailpipe emission standard
smart Electric Fortwo Cabriolet (Model Years 2011, 2013-2015) The listed model years are more than two years old; may still be eligible*
smart Electric Fortwo Coupe (Model Years 2011, 2013-2016) The listed model years are more than two years old; may still be eligible*
Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid PHEV Does not meet minimum 35 mile electric range requirement (implemented December 3, 2019)
Tesla Model S Does not have a base Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $60,000 or less (implemented December 3, 2019)
Tesla Roadster Does not have a base Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $60,000 or less (implemented December 3, 2019)
Tesla Model X Does not have a base Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $60,000 or less (implemented December 3, 2019)
Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicle (Model Year 2016) The listed model years are more than two years old; may still be eligible*
Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Does not meet minimum 35 mile electric range requirement (implemented December 3, 2019)
Toyota RAV4 EV Last eligible model year more than two years old; may still be eligible*
Victory Empluse TT Last eligible model year more than two years old; may still be eligible*
Volkswagen e-Golf (Model Years 2015-2016) The listed model years are more than two years old; may still be eligible*
Volvo S60 T8 Does not meet minimum 35 mile electric range requirement (implemented December 3, 2019)
Volvo S90 T8 Does not meet minimum 35 mile electric range requirement (implemented December 3, 2019) and Does not have a base Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $60,000 or less (implemented December 3, 2019)
Volvo V60 T8 Does not meet minimum 35 mile electric range requirement (implemented December 3, 2019) and Does not have a base Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $60,000 or less (implemented December 3, 2019)
Volvo XC60 T8 Does not meet minimum 35 mile electric range requirement (implemented December 3, 2019)
Volvo XC90 T8 Does not meet minimum 35 mile electric range requirement (implemented December 3, 2019) and Does not have a base Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $60,000 or less (implemented December 3, 2019)
Zero DS (Model Years 2010-2016) The listed model years are more than two years old; may still be eligible*
Zero FX (Model Years 2013-2016) The listed model years are more than two years old; may still be eligible*
Zero S (Model Years 2010-2016) The listed model years are more than two years old; may still be eligible*
Zero SR (Model Year 2016) The listed model years are more than two years old; may still be eligible*
Zero XU Last eligible model year more than two years old; may still be eligible*

*Consumers who purchased or leased a new vehicle for these model years may still apply for a rebate within 3 months of the vehicle purchase or lease date. Please contact our team for directions at 866-984-2532 or cvrp@energycenter.org

Medium and heavy-duty hybrid and zero-emission vehicles are incentivized through the California Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Program (HVIP). Please visit www.californiahvip.org for more information.

I purchased a vehicle that is no longer on the eligible vehicle list. Can I still apply for a rebate?

 

Before You Apply

What is considered date of purchase/lease for Tesla vehicles?

For Tesla vehicles ordered on or after March 29, 2016, the date of first registration with the California DMV will be considered the date of purchase or lease. Applicants submitting an application post-purchase must have taken delivery of their vehicle before submitting an application. 

Applications received prior to the date of purchase/lease as stated above will be cancelled, and applicants will need to re-apply. Eligibility will be reviewed based on the Terms and Conditions in place at the time a new application is submitted. Extensions will not be granted.

If you have questions, please call our team at 866-984-2532. 

What is considered a complete Tesla Purchase or Lease Agreement?

For a complete Tesla motor vehicle purchase agreement, we accept the following combinations of documents:

  • 7-page Retail Installment Sale Contract

OR:

  • Both the Motor Vehicle Purchase Agreement: Final Price Sheet AND the Motor Vehicle Purchase Agreement: Vehicle Configuration*. Please note these are two separate documents. 

If the Vehicle Configuration does not have a date, please also submit one of the following documents:

  • A signed copy of the Delivery Declaration 

OR:

  • A signed copy of the Tesla Terms & Conditions

*The Vehicle Configuration must have a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and have a date next to the “Accepted by Customer on” line. 

These documents need to be signed and dated by the applicant and a Tesla representative.

To view samples of acceptable Tesla supporting documents, please visit: cleanvehiclerebate.org/TeslaSampleDocs.

How do I know if I can apply for a rebate?

Please review CVRP eligibility guidelines.

 

Is my vehicle eligible for a rebate?

Your vehicle must:

  • Be on the list of Eligible Vehicles.*
  • Be new as defined in the California Vehicle Code (CVC) section 430 and must be manufactured by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) or its authorized licensee. Vehicles considered new vehicles solely for determination of compliance with state emissions standards are not eligible.
  • Be registered as new in California. Vehicles may not be purchased, leased, or delivered out of state. Purchases/leases must be made via a California purchase or lease contract.  Vehicles ordered online and delivered outside of California are not eligible.  The seller’s address as reflected on the purchase or lease agreement must be in California.
  • Have an odometer reading below 7,500 miles at the time of purchase or lease.

*I purchased a vehicle that is no longer on the eligible vehicle list. Can I still apply for a rebate?

How many rebates can I receive?

Except for rental, public, and car share fleets, no single entity is eligible to receive more than one CVRP rebate either via direct purchase and/or lease as of December 3, 2019. Applicants who have not already met their rebate limit prior to December 3, 2019, will be eligible for one additional rebate.  Those that have already met their two-rebate limit will remain ineligible for an additional rebate. Individuals or businesses that have met the rebate limit with non-fuel cell vehicles may apply for one additional rebate for an eligible fuel cell vehicle. The fuel cell exception does not apply to Rebate Now applications.

Traditional rental and car share fleets are subject to limits of 20 rebates per calendar year. Public fleets are limited to 30 rebates per calendar year. 

Applicants submitting on behalf of a trust will have that vehicle counted towards their rebate limit. 

Is my CVRP rebate taxable?

CSE does not issue a 1099 for your rebate. We cannot offer tax advice of any kind, and advise you to contact a certified public accountant or tax professional regarding the taxability of the CVRP rebate.

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.

For more details on application requirements please review CVRP eligibility guidelines

Can I purchase the vehicle out of state?

No, vehicles purchased or leased outside of California are not eligible for CVRP.  Purchases/leases must be made via a California purchase or lease contract.  Vehicles ordered online and delivered outside of California are not eligible.   The seller’s address as reflected on the purchase or lease agreement must be in California.

 

After the Application Process

My application has been approved. When will I receive my rebate check?

The Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) has instated a work from home policy for all employees due to increasing concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19. During this time, mailing of rebate checks may be delayed for approved applications. Upon re-opening of CSE offices, checks will be mailed based on the order they were approved.

Rebate checks are typically sent within 90 days of your application approval date. You will receive an email confirmation when your check is sent. Mailing delays beyond normal processing times may occur.

Why does it take 90 days for you to mail my check after my application is approved?

Why does it take 90 days for you to mail my check after my application is approved?

It can typically take up to 90 calendar days from approval date to issue a CVRP rebate check for the following reasons:

  • CVRP funding comes from several state sources, and it is often accrued over time.
  • The funding is distributed to the CVRP in batches throughout the year.
  • CVRP rebate checks are issued on a first-come, first-served basis.
How will I know the status of my rebate?

Go to the CVRP Application Status page to check the status of your application. You will also receive an email at each step in the application process.

Be sure to add cvrp@energycenter.org to your email safe senders list.

Can I appeal the decision of my rebate application?

Rebate applications that have been denied, cancelled, or approved by the Administrator may be appealed within 10 calendar days of the date of approval/cancellation. The appeal letter must set forth all facts that form the basis for the appeal. If the only basis for an appeal is that the applicant disagrees with the policies set forth in the CVRP Terms and Conditions, and the Implementation Manual, there is no basis for an appeal, and the appeal will be denied.  A formal letter of appeal must be postmarked within 10 calendar days of application approval/cancellation and addressed to the following:

CVRP Appeals
MSCD 5th Floor
1001 I St., P.O. Box 2815
Sacramento, CA 95812 

I don’t have my rebated vehicle anymore. What do I do?

Rebated vehicles must be registered in California and stay in the possession of the applicant for 30 consecutive months from the original purchase or lease date. Resale of a vehicle or return to a dealer is allowed within this 30 month period if necessitated by unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances.  Military duty exemptions may be approved by CARB on a case-by-case basis. If you are no longer in possession of your rebated vehicle, please give us a call at 866-984-2532 to discuss your available options.

CARB verifies vehicle ownership through periodic checks of Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) in the California DMV database. If a vehicle purchaser or lessee sells or returns the rebated vehicle to the dealer and does not receive prior approval, CARB or its designee reserves the right to recoup CVRP funds from the original vehicle purchaser identified on the rebate form and may pursue other remedies available under the law for unauthorized early termination of vehicle ownership.  

Additional Electric Vehicle/Infrastructure Incentives

Are there any local incentives for electric vehicles and charging infrastructure in California?

Yes there are additional incentives for both vehicles and charging stations throughout California. These incentives vary by location and type of incentive. To learn more about what is available and how to apply, please visit the Air Resources Board's Drive Clean Buying Guide.

Are there any Federal tax incentives for electric vehicles?

Federal tax credits for Zero-Emissions 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.

Please note, the credit has begun a phase-out period for certain manufacturers who have sold at least 200,000 electric vehicles for use in the United States.  For further information on federal tax incentives and to verify if the credit is still available for your vehicle, visit www.fueleconomy.gov. Additionally, local jurisdictions may also have incentive programs. Check with your local jurisdiction to find out what they offer.

For Car Shoppers

What are electric vehicles (EVs)?

Electric vehicles include cars, SUVs, motorcycles, and other passenger vehicles powered by electricity stored in rechargeable batteries or an energy storage device. There are four main types: battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), hybrid electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). For an in-depth look at the types and differences, visit our Technology Overview.

How do electric vehicles differ from conventional cars?

Unlike standard vehicles that are powered by gasoline and other hydrocarbon fuels, electric vehicles rely on a rechargeable internal battery to provide power to an electric motor and electric drivetrain. A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle is a blend of these two methods, with both an internal combustion engine and an electric motor.

Are there special incentives for low- and moderate-income consumers?

Consumers with household incomes less than or equal to 300 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible for an increased rebate amount of $2,500 on top of the standard CVRP rebate. This amounts to:

  • $7,000 for fuel cell electric vehicles
  • $4,500 for battery-electric vehicles
  • $3,500 for plug-in hybrid vehicles

Zero-Emission Motorcycles are not eligible for an increased rebate. Low- and Moderate- Income Consumers may still apply for the standard rebate amount for these vehicles ($750).

For the purposes of CVRP, a household includes all family members or other unrelated persons, including the rebate applicant, who reside together and/or share common living expenses. Roommates who do not have a lease separate from the applicant are considered part of the applicant’s household.

To determine all the incentives available to you based on where you live, vehicle type, and household income, see our Savings Calculator.

Do I have to buy and install a charging station?

Electric vehicle charging is often done at home using what is referred to as Level 1 or Level 2 charging equipment. All electric vehicles are delivered with a Level 1 charging cord that plugs into a standard 120-volt electrical outlet. For faster charging, there are Level 2 chargers that use a 240-volt electrical outlet—the same plug used by a clothes dryer. Level 2 chargers cost around $400-$800 and may require professional installation. For a more in-depth look at the differences between Level 1 and Level 2 charging options, visit Fueling Options.

How far can electric vehicles go on a single charge?

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles can drive 35-60 miles on electricity, whereas most battery-electric vehicles can drive from 100 to more than 300 miles, depending on the vehicle make and model. For hydrogen vehicles, the range is about 250-350 miles on a single fill-up.

Are there special maintenance issues?

Electric vehicles have fewer moving parts than standard gasoline vehicles and tend to need less maintenance. One issue to be aware of is battery capacity. Though most manufacturers offer an 8-10 year/100,000-mile warranty on the battery, at some point the EV battery capacity will decrease, reducing the range of the vehicle on a full charge. While most vehicle batteries will last the life of the vehicle, replacement batteries can be expensive (if one is needed). However, the overall lower cost of fuel and maintenance over the vehicle’s lifetime may compensate the cost of a new battery.

How does the handling compare to standard gasoline vehicles?

If you like power and quick acceleration, then EVs are right for you. Because of their electric motor and drivetrain, EVs deliver nearly instant maximum torque whereas a standard gasoline vehicle doesn’t reach peak torque until it revs up. Electric vehicles also have improved handling due to a lower center of gravity and almost ideal weight distribution.

What are the environmental impacts of electric vehicles (EVs)?

While hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles still use gas, battery-electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles do not, and as such, do not directly produce any smog-forming, toxic pollutants. California’s electricity grid is one of the greenest in the nation, so when you charge your EV you are fueling it with the cleanest energy available. If you have solar panels on your home, you are driving with an almost net-zero environmental impact.

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)
  • One rebate per person. Individuals or businesses that have met the rebate limit with a non-fuel cell vehicle may apply for one additional rebate for an eligible fuel cell vehicle. The fuel cell exception does not apply to Rebate Now applications. 
  • The customer must meet the income requirements
  • A CVRP application must be submitted within 3 months of vehicle purchase or lease date. Vehicles purchased or leased prior to December 3rd, 2019 have an 18-month eligibility window in which to submit an application.

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 on or before April 15, 2020, the Administrator will review the following sections of an applicant’s federal tax return as reflected on their IRS tax transcript to determine gross annual income:

  • On 2018 IRS Form 1040: Sum of lines 1–5. Line 6 is not used to calculate total gross income for the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project.

    and (if applicable), 
     
  • On 2018 IRS Form 1040 Schedule 1: Sum of lines 10-21. (Excluding lines 15, 16 and 20, as they are already included as part of your 1040).
    Note: If Line 21, “Other Income,” is negative, then it will not be included as part of CVRP’s income calculation, unless an exception applies. If Line 21 on Schedule 1 is negative, then the corresponding “Statement” filed with your 1040 must be provided.  CSE will review documentation for possible exceptions. One such exception is the inclusion of a negative community property adjustment. Net operating losses carried over from previous years are not an exception.

Updated IRS tax forms were released for use starting with the 2019 tax year. As a result, for applications submitted on or after April 16, 2020, 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 2019 IRS Form 1040: Sum of lines 1–6. Line 7 is not used to calculate total gross income for the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project.

    and (if applicable), 
     
  • On 2019 IRS Form 1040 Schedule 1: Sum of lines 1-8.
    Note: If Line 8, “Other Income,” is negative, then it will not be included as part of CVRP’s income calculation, unless an exception applies. If Line 8 on Schedule 1 is negative, then the corresponding “Statement” filed with your 1040 must be provided.  CSE will review documentation for possible exceptions. One such exception is the inclusion of a negative community property adjustment. Net operating losses carried over from previous years are not an exception.

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

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 floor model and test drive vehicles

These vehicles must not have been previously registered 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.

In cases of eligible rollbacks and unwinds, a Used Vehicle Dealer Notice/Temporary Identification may be submitted accompanied by the associated statement of facts.  The dealership must verify in advance that the vehicle has not been previously rebated. Additional documentation for the vehicle status as a rollback or unwind may be required. Vehicles that already received a rebate are not eligible for another rebate, unless the full amount of the original rebate was returned.

 

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 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.  To learn more about what is available and how to apply, please visit the Air Resources Board's Drive Clean Buying Guide.

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?

For a vehicle purchased on or after January 1, 2018, an applicant's participation in both the Clean Air Vehicle Decal program and CVRP is based upon both the applicant's gross annual income and the vehicle type:

Income Table

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: https://ww2.arb.ca.gov/our-work/programs/carpool-stickers.

 

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. Please visit our air district and utility rebates page for more information.

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.