Clean Transportation Education

There are a variety of clean vehicle options available today that offer the same style, performance and luxury features as traditional gasoline vehicles. Below are some highlights of the various technology options; however, we encourage you to visit DriveClean.ca.gov to learn about clean advanced vehicle technologies and fuels and for useful search and comparison tools to help car buyers find the cleanest vehicle that suits their lifestyle.


Clean Transportation Financial Incentives

Conventional Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV)

  • Powered by gas using an internal combustion engine (ICE) and by an electric motor that uses energy stored in a battery
  • The battery is charged through regenerative braking and through the ICE
  • Better fuel economy and lower emissions than comparable conventional vehicles
  • The vehicle does not need to be plugged in to charge
  • Maintenance similar to conventional vehicles


Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)

  • Use batteries to power an electric motor and uses another fuel, such as gasoline to power an ICE
  • The battery can be charged by plugging into an electric power source, through regenerative braking, and through the ICE
  • So long as the battery is charged, vehicle can draw most of its power from electricity stored in the battery during typical urban driving
  • Vehicles consume less gasoline and typically produce lower emissions than similar conventional vehicles
  • Maintenance similar to conventional vehicles


Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)

  • Use batteries to store the electrical energy that powers one or more motors
  • Batteries are charged by plugging the vehicle into an electric power source, such as a wall outlet or charging station
  • Do not have ICEs and, therefore, do not produce tailpipe emissions
  • Driving range is 70-90 miles, some models have longer ranges. Range varies according to driving conditions and driving habits
  • Typically requires less maintenance than conventional vehicles or even HEVs or PHEVs – fewer moving parts and fewer fluids to change

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV)

  • Combines hydrogen gas with oxygen from the air to produce electricity which drives an electric motor
  • Produces no harmful tailpipe emissions
  • Typical range is 312 miles, similar to conventional gasoline cars
  • Cars currently leased to customers in select regions
  • Fueling infrastructure currently being developed – 25 stations open in California with another 25 stations planned by the end of 2017. You may search the Station Map for the closest hydrogen fueling station using your ZIP code.
  • Three years of Hydrogen fuel included in the lease or purchase



Charging (BEV) and (PHEV) Batteries

  • Charging stations, also known as electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) provide electricity to charge the batteries of BEVs and PHEVs
  • EVSE for plug-in vehicles are classified according to the rate at which the batteries are charged