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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*:

  • April 6, 2021
  • July 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 April 6, 2021 Updates: 

  • Rebate Now
  • Vehicle Eligibility
    • Effective April 6, 2021, the AER requirement for eligible Light-Duty Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) will be increased to 30 miles EPA (45 miles UDDS). All applications received on or after April 6, 2021 will only be eligible for a rebate if the vehicle is on the updated eligible vehicle list at the time of application. The following vehicles are NO LONGER ELIGIBLE beginning April 6, 2021:

      •    Ford Fusion Energi 
      •    Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid 
      •    Hyundai Ioniq PHEV 
      •    Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid 
      •    Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid 
      •    Toyota Prius Prime

Summary of January 27, 2021 Updates:

  • Income eligibility for increased rebate
    • With the exception of Zero Emission Motorcycles, rebate amounts are increased by $2,500 per rebate for consumers with household incomes less than or equal to 400% of the federal poverty level (FPL). Prior to the January 27, 2021 update, this threshold is 300% of the FPL.
  • Vehicle Eligibility
    • Effective April 6, 2021, the AER requirement for eligible vehicles will be increased to 30 miles EPA (45 miles UDDS). All applications received on or after April 6, 2021 will only be eligible for a rebate if the vehicle is on the updated eligible vehicle list at the time of application.

Summary of April 14, 2020 Updates:

Participants who receive a vehicle grant buy-down and/or financing through the CVA Program, may now be eligible to participate in the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP). The CVA Program provides grants and financing assistance to low-income Californians for the purchase of a new or used hybrid or electric vehicle. For more information on the CVA Program and its eligibility requirements please visit the website: https://cleanvehiclegrants.org/.

To receive both the CVA Program grant and/or financing and a CVRP rebate, CVRP requires the vehicle to be new, not used, and on the current CVRP Eligible Vehicles list. The applicant must also meet all CVRP eligibility criteria.

This update includes the specific line numbers that the Administrator will review beginning with applications submitted using the 2019 tax year on the updated IRS Form 1040, and the new IRS Form 1040: Schedule 1.

Summary of March 3, 2020 Updates: 

  • 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 using the 2019 tax year on the updated IRS Form 1040, and the new IRS Form 1040: Schedule 1.