California Clean Vehicle Rebate Project Initiates New Eligibility Requirements

Increased lower-income incentives and reduced high-income caps start
Nov. 1, 2016

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In order to make clean vehicles more accessible to a greater number of
California drivers, especially in communities that are highly impacted
by air pollution, the Clean
Vehicle Rebate Project
(CVRP) is implementing increased
incentive levels for lower-income consumers and new high-income
eligibility caps. Following a public workshop held Sept. 30, the
California Air Resources Board (ARB) issued the program updates, as
directed by the legislative Budget Act of 2016 and Senate Bill 859
(Wolk). They will apply statewide to consumers who purchase or lease
rebate-eligible vehicles effective Nov. 1, 2016, providing lower-income
consumers an additional $500.

Since 2010, CVRP has issued over $335 million in rebates for more than
157,300 vehicles, according to the Center
for Sustainable Energy
(CSE), which administers the ARB
program. Rebates vary by vehicle type. For the average consumer, they
are $2,500 for battery electric vehicles (BEVs), $1,500 for plug-in
hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and $5,000 for fuel cell vehicles.

For lower-income consumers, CVRP rebates for all types of eligible
light-duty passenger vehicles are increasing by an additional $500 for a
total of $2,000 more per rebate ($4,500 for BEVs, $3,500 for PHEVs, and
$7,000 for fuel cell vehicles). When combined with the maximum federal
tax credit for eligible vehicles, the increased rebates provide savings
of up to $12,000 for BEVs, $11,000 for PHEVs and $15,000 for fuel cell
vehicles. To qualify for the increased rebates, applicants must have
household incomes less than or equal to 300 percent of the federal
poverty level. For an individual, the gross annual income limit is
$35,640, and for a household of four, it is $72,900.

Higher income consumers will not be eligible for CVRP rebates if their
gross annual income exceeds $150,000 for single tax filers, $204,000 for
head of household filers and $300,000 for joint filers. Income levels
will be determined by the amount reported on the applicant’s federal tax
return. The caps do not apply to fuel-cell electric vehicles, which
represent less than 1 percent of CVRP’s applications.

Another change to the CVRP rebates is that plug-in hybrid electric
vehicles with an electric range of less than 20 miles will no longer
qualify for the program. Rebates for zero-emission motorcycles will
remain at $900.

Additional clean vehicle incentives based on income eligibility are
available in disadvantaged communities in the South Coast Air Quality
Management District and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control
District. ARB’s Drive Clean website offers a guide for clean vehicle
incentives at

For further information on the CVRP, a list of eligible vehicles and
rebates, and complete application procedures, visit

The CVRP and incentives are part of the California Climate Investments,
which uses proceeds from the State’s cap-and-trade auctions to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions while providing a variety of additional
benefits to California communities.

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Founded in 1996, the Center
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(CSE) is a mission-driven nonprofit dedicated
to developing a clean energy future that addresses climate change,
increases energy independence and generates lasting economic and
environmental benefits. CSE is helping to create this opportunity
through its expertise in clean transportation, distributed energy
resources, energy efficiency, energy engineering, and regulatory and
policy support. Positioned as a trusted advisor, CSE partners with
clients of all sizes to accelerate achievement of their sustainability
objectives through a suite of energy services that include comprehensive
program design and management, research and analysis, technical
advising, incentive and rebate management, and education and outreach.
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