Recent Incentive Changes

5 March 2021

Clean Fuel Reward

PG&E, alongside other CA utilities and in partnership with CARB, is proud to offer the California Clean Fuel Reward, an on-the-hood price reduction of up to $1,500 for the purchase or lease of any eligible new Battery Electric or Plug-in Hybrid vehicle from a participating automotive retailer.

California has long been a leader in the country when it comes to electric vehicle incentives, be it rebates or other utility/state programs. However, this incentive stands out due to its point-of-sale nature. The customer has no paperwork to fill out nor time to wait to take advantage of this incentive - the reduction is simply incorporated into the price of the vehicle at the time of sale. The CCFR is available to all Californians and is funded by utilities participating in the Low Carbon Fuel Standard LCFS program.

Clean Vehicle Rebate Project

The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project CVRP, an existing incentive program, is set to receive no major changes in 2021, but rather targeted tweaks with the goal of streamlining application processes (definitions, requirements) across programs. PHEVs will be required to have greater than or equal to 45 miles of range on electricity alone, under standard urban driving conditions, an increase from the current requirement of 35 miles. These changes in eligibility will become effective April 6, 2021.

Clean Cars 4 All

Lastly, fiscal year 2020-21 Air Quality Improvement Program AQIP funding was recently allocated. $3 million was approved for the Clean Cars 4 All program, a vehicle replacement program intended to increase EV affordability for low-income residents. Additionally, PG&E’s commercial customers will be excited to learn that CARB approved $25 million in funding to replenish the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project HVIP. This funding is long-awaited - the waitlist for the HVIP program has been closed since November 2019. PG&E hopes its fleet advisor will be a useful tool in tandem with this funding. Policy changes to HVIP include a lowered fleet cap and a new manufacturer rolling “soft” cap. Funding for these two programs comes solely from AQIP, as the Legislature has deferred action on California Climate Investments, the cap-and-trade portion of statewide funds that typically accounts for the bulk of state funds.

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