California's Clean Vehicle Rebate Project Terms and Conditions

Please read the terms and conditions, then check the box at the bottom of the page to accept them.

Rebate Process for Ford CMAX Energi

Rebates are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and issued to qualified recipients in a single payment within 90 days of approval. Delays beyond normal processing times may occur. To apply for a rebate:

  1. Submit an online application. The Project Administrator (Center for Sustainable Energy) will reserve funds for your rebate.
  2. Mail required supporting documentation within 14 calendar days from the date you submitted the online application. Submittal date will be determined by U.S. mail postmark. Required supporting documentation includes the following:
    1. A printed copy of the submitted application signed by the vehicle purchaser, lessee or authorized representative.
    2. Proof of temporary or permanent vehicle registration.
    3. A copy of the final sales or lease contract with an itemization of credits, discounts and incentives received, if applicable.
      1. For eligible zero-emission motorcycles (ZEMs) and neighborhood electric vehicles (NEMs), evidence of sealed maintenance-free batteries (if lead acid) and a 24-month warranty.
    4. Proof of California residency:
      1. For individuals, a copy of a California driver’s license, utility or cable bill from within the last 3 months or other valid form of California residency as approved by the Administrator. Other forms of valid proof include a signed, dated, and notarized rental agreement or a copy of a current Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) vehicle registration.
      2. For a business or nonprofit, a copy of the formation document filed with the California Secretary of State or other documentation as approved by the Administrator. Sole proprietors may submit a copy of a utility or cable bill from within the last 3 months, a current vehicle DMV registration or a notarized rental agreement.

Important: If you do not mail your required supporting documentation within 14 calendar days (by U.S. mail postmark), the Administrator will release the reserved rebate funds back to the CVRP, and you will have to submit a new application. Rebate checks must be cashed within six months of the postmark date the check was mailed. Checks not cashed within this timeframe will be cancelled, and the rebate amount will be returned to the CVRP.

Applicant and Vehicle Requirements

As a condition for receiving State of California, Air Resources Board (ARB) rebate funds, you (the applicant/purchaser/lessee) must comply with the requirements below. You are responsible for reviewing the CVRP program requirements prior to applying for a rebate. Eligible applicants must meet requirements that include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Rebates are limited to two per individual, business entity or organization per calendar year. Rental and car share fleets are subject to limits of 20 per entity. Public fleets are subject to limits of 30 per entity. For more information about rebate limits, contact the Administrator (866-984-2532 or
  2. Be an individual, business, nonprofit or government entity that is based in California or has a California-based affiliate.
    1. Eligible vehicles may be purchased out-of-state, but consumers must be California residents at the time of vehicle purchase. All businesses must be licensed to operate in California. Active duty military members stationed in California, but with permanent residency in another state are eligible to apply and may use military orders in lieu of other proof of residence documentation.
  3. Be a purchaser or lessee of a new, eligible Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) or Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV), and submit a CVRP application a) within 18 months of the vehicle purchase or lease date, b) after taking possession of the vehicle, and c) prior to exhaustion of available rebate funds.
  4. Not make or allow any modifications to the vehicle’s emissions control systems, hardware, software calibrations, or hybrid system.
    1. Commit that any emission reductions generated by the purchased vehicle will not be used as marketable emission reduction credits, to offset any emission reduction obligation of any person or entity, or to generate a compliance extension or extra credit for determining regulatory compliance.
  5. Retain ownership of the vehicle for a minimum of 36 consecutive months immediately after the vehicle purchase or lease date.
    1. Lease terms of at least 36 months are required for program eligibility.
    2. Only rental and car share vehicles are eligible for a reduced ownership provision if retained in California for a minimum of twelve consecutive months but less than 36 consecutive months.
    3. Resale of a CVRP vehicle for financial gain within 36 months is prohibited.
  6. Rebate recipients who do not retain the eligible vehicle for the full 36 month ownership or lease period will be required to reimburse ARB all or part of the original rebate amount.
    1. Vehicle purchaser or lessee is required to notify the Administrator to seek approval for early termination of vehicle ownership in advance of intent to sell or terminate a lease prior to the required 36 month ownership period.
    2. ARB will periodically check vehicle identification numbers with vehicle registrations to ensure that CVRP applicants meet this requirement. If an applicant violates this requirement, ARB or its designee reserves the right to recoup CVRP funds from the original vehicle purchaser identified on the rebate application form and may pursue other remedies available under the law.
  7. Register the new vehicle with the DMV for a minimum of 36 consecutive months for use in California.
    1. Any government owned vehicle not registered with the DMV is still required to operate within California for 36 consecutive months immediately after the vehicle purchase or lease date.
  8. Be available for follow-up inspection if requested by the Administrator, ARB, or ARB’s designee for project oversight and accountability.
  9. ARB reserves the right to request voluntary participation from rebate recipients in ongoing research efforts that support the CVRP and AQIP goals as well as ARB Research Division efforts.


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