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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?