Clean Vehicle Rebate Project


CSE is the statewide administrator of the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP), an initiative of the California Environmental Protection Agency's Air Resources Board providing rebates for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and plug-in hybrid light-duty vehicles. 

Since program inception in 2009, CSE has issued over $1 billion to fund rebates for individuals, nonprofits, government entities and business owners. CVRP funding is determined by an annual funding plan that is developed with public input and approved by the California Air Resource Board. 

In addition to issuing rebates, CSE conducts clean vehicle education and outreach, analyzes program data to inform stakeholders and policy makers and conducts ongoing surveys of CVRP recipients with the goal of encouraging clean vehicle technology development and deployment. 

“California’s transportation investments are rooted in partnerships, and CSE is one of our crucial partners in helping investments reach communities across the state. They work with us to ground investment choices in equity to help all Californians access a cleaner future,” Richard W. Corey, Executive Officer, California Air Resources Board


Clean Vehicle Rebate Project Impacts

$1.2 billion in rebates

To date, CSE has administered and processed $1,200,000,000 in rebates for plug-in, electric and alternative fuel vehicles in California.

532,000 rebates

CSE has administered and processed more than 532,000 rebates for plug-in, electric and alternative fuel vehicles in California.

1,000+ events and workshops

CVRP attended over 1,000 education and outreach events to promote the adoption of zero-emission vehicles.

Program at a Glance

Program Goals

Promote adoption of zero-emission vehicles and technology innovation

CSE's Role

As project administrators, CSE issues rebates and provides clean vehicle market information to consumers and stakeholders


Electric Vehicles (EVs)

Key Partners

California Air Resources Board, California Energy Commission, utilities, air districts, local municipalities, UT Austin, UC Davis, Clean Cities Coalitions and vehicle manufacturers

State Policies Supported

AB 118, Governor’s ZEV Action Plan, ARB Advanced Clean Cars Program

Impact Statement

Distributed over $1 billion to more than 450,000 applicants since 2009