Buying and Owning an EV Is More Affordable Than Ever

Budget-friendly financial incentives and rebate programs are making leasing or buying a new or used EV affordable for more households. EVs are also less expensive to maintain because they have far fewer mechanical components. Depending on the model, you could save 30–50% in service costs.

If you want to learn more about how EVs work and why they require less maintenance, check out this in-depth EV buying guide from Green Citizen.

Save Thousands of Dollars with Rebates and Incentives

Check out the summary of California EV incentives below, click the links below for updates and funding availability. With these grants and rebates, many electric car models cost less than the average new car nationwide. Our partners at Access Clean California can help you find all the benefits you’re eligible for.

California EV Purchasing Incentives

Federal Tax Credit

$2,500 – $7,500

New car owners can receive this tax credit for the purchase of a NEW plug-in electric drive motor vehicle. Credit amount depends on the car’s battery capacity.
CA State Incentive

$1,000 – $1,500

Vehicle Retirement Consumer Assistance Program

The vehicle retirement program offers eligible consumers an incentive to retire their old polluting vehicles.
CA State Rebate

$1,000 – $4,500

California Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP)

The CVRP offers rebates for the purchase or lease of NEW eligible vehicles. Low-income applicants are eligible for higher incentives.
Regional Rebate

Up to $4,000

Central Coast Community Energy

The Central Coast Community Energy Electrify Your Ride program offers a rebate toward the purchase of NEW or USED eligible battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).
Regional Rebate

Up to $4,000

Monterey Bay Air Resource District

The Monterey Bay Air Resource District rebate program offers residents in Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz counties a rebate on NEW or USED eligible battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).
Regional Grant

Up to $5,000

Driving Clean Assistance Program

The Community Housing Development Corp. (CHDC) is providing grants to help income-qualified regional residents purchase or lease a NEW or USED plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) or battery electric vehicle (BEV) in all Bay Area counties as well as Sacramento, Santa Cruz, and Yukon counties.

Grant funds are intended to be used toward the down payment of a clean vehicle. Grant funds do not need to be repaid.
CA State Grant


Clean Vehicle Assistance Program

The Clean Vehicle Assistance Program helps income-qualified California residents purchase a new or used hybrid or electric vehicle. They do this through a combination of grants and fair financing options. Their lending partner, Beneficial State Bank, offers 8% or lower interest rate auto loans for qualified participants.

Combining Rebates

Combine Rebates and Save Big on Previously Owned EVs!

Combine three regional rebates and save up to $10,000 when you purchase a used EV. Values shown are based on pre-owned all-battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and income eligibility.

Regional Rebates

Up to $4,000

Central Coast Community Energy

Regional Rebates

Up to $4,000

Monterey Bay Air Resource District

Regional Rebates

Up to $4,000

PG&E Pre-Owned Rebate

Launching in November 2022. Vehicles purchased out of state or within six months of program launch will be eligible for the rebate.

EV Charging Incentives

Find chargers and incentives for charging your electric car at home through our partners at Electric For All

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Looking for Incentives Outside California?

Do you live in another state? Find incentives beyond California through our partners at Electric For All

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Trusted FREE EV Purchase Guidance Assistance

Our community-based volunteers are here to help. Tell us your budget and driving habits, and we can help you find the right type of EV or plug-in hybrid. We can support you in negotiating a price with a dealer that works for your budget.

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I am amazed

“I am AMAZED that I get to own a brand new ALL ELECTRIC car! It is the first new car in my whole extended family and the first in my life! As a low-income person, it is the information on financial incentives and support from Ecology Action’s EV Purchase Guidance Program that made this possible. I am so very grateful!”

-Path Star of Aromas with her 2021 Chevy Bolt