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What does the rebate waitlist mean to me?

(Last updated 08/09/2019)

Funding is appropriated for the rebate project each year in the State Budget, including a reserved amount for qualified lower-income applicants.

CVRP has exhausted fiscal year (FY) 2018-19 general funding for standard rebate amounts, but applications for applicants who have already purchased/leased an eligible vehicle are still being accepted and placed on a rebate waitlist. As of 06/27/2019, the Legislature approved $238 million in Cap-and-Trade auction proceeds for CVRP. However, we anticipate that it could take several months to receive the funding. Qualified applicants on the rebate waitlist will receive payment when the project receives more funding from the State of California. CSE is working closely with State officials to provide updates as more information is available. We update our website whenever we have new information, so please continue to check our website homepage for any updates.

FY 2018-19 increased rebate funding is still available for qualified lower-income applicants*, as described here. Approved applications for increased rebates will be paid as normal.

*Increased rebates for public fleets are paid out of general funding and therefore all applications for public fleets will be placed on the rebate waitlist.

The Rebate Now pilot for San Diego County will continue to process applications for qualified lower-income applicants, but Rebate Now applications for all other income levels will not be accepted during the CVRP waitlist.

If you applied on June 4, 2019 or earlier:

Your rebate amount was reserved when you applied online. You will receive your rebate as long as you meet all requirements and submit correct supporting documents within the required time frame. We advise that you 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 days to correct the issue before automatic cancellation.

If you applied for a standard rebate on or after June 5, 2019:

You were placed on a rebate waitlist when you applied online. We will review your application materials and your application will be approved if you meet all requirements and submit correct supporting documents within the required time frame. Payment for approved applications on the rebate waitlist will depend on the project receiving more funding from the State of California.

If you applied for an increased rebate on or after June 5, 2019:

Your rebate amount was reserved when you applied online. You will receive your rebate as long as you meet all requirements for an increased rebate and submit correct supporting documents within the required time frame.