Clean Vehicle Rebate Project


CSE is 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 $893 million to fund rebates for individuals, nonprofits, government entities and business owners. The project and incentives are part of California Climate Investments, which uses proceeds from the state's cap-and-trade auctions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide other benefits.

In addition to issuing rebates, CSE facilitates clean vehicle outreach events throughout the state, collects statistics and conducts ongoing surveys of CVRP recipients and encourages clean vehicle technology development and deployment.


Clean Vehicle Rebate Project Impacts

$893 million in rebates

To date, CSE has administered and processed more than $893,000,000 in rebates for plug-in, electric and alternative fuel vehicles in California.

390,000 rebates

CSE has administered and processed more than 390,000 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 administers, issue rebates and provide 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 more than $893 million to more than 390,000 applicants since 2009