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newsrel -- California Clean Vehicle Rebate Project increases incentives for low- and moderate-income drivers

Posted: 15 Mar 2016 11:00:06
Please consider the following news release from the California
Air Resources Board: http://bit.ly/1UdSOOh

Versión en español disponible en: http://bit.ly/21tDLPM


February 15, 2016



Melanie Turner
(916) 322-2990

California Clean Vehicle Rebate Project increases incentives for
low- and moderate-income drivers

New eligibility requirements start March 29, 2016; include
high-income cap

SAN DIEGO - 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 low- and moderate-income consumers and high-income
eligibility caps.  The California Air Resources Board approved
the changes in June 2015, as directed by the Charge Ahead
California Initiative established by Senate Bill 1275 (De León). 
They will apply statewide to vehicle purchases or leases
effective March 29, 2016.

“This increase in incentives for lower income families will help
to ensure that more California drivers, especially those living
in communities most impacted by air pollution, can benefit from
driving and owning the cleanest vehicles,” Air Resources Board
Chair Mary D. Nichols said. “And more ultra-clean and
zero-emission vehicles on our roads mean cleaner air for all

Since 2010, the CVRP has issued more than $291 million in rebates
for more than 137,200 vehicles, according to the Center for
Sustainable Energy (CSE), which administers the ARB program. 
Rebates cover a range of battery electric, plug-in hybrid
electric and fuel cell vehicles.

For low- and moderate-income consumers, CVRP rebates for all
types of eligible light-duty passenger vehicles are being
increased by $1,500.  When combined with the $7,500 federal tax
credit for battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles,
the California rebates provide savings of up to $11,500.  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 $250,000 for single tax filers,
$340,000 for head of household filers and $500,000 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 and qualify for rebates of $5,000.

Applicants may be required to provide proof of income.

Additional clean vehicle rebates 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 http://driveclean.ca.gov/.

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

The incentives, and this project, are part of California Climate
Investments, which use 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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