Clean Vehicle Rebate Project


For 15 years, Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) was the sole administrator of the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP), a statewide initiative of the California Air Resources Board that provided incentives for purchasing or leasing zero-emission and plug-in hybrid light-duty vehicles. CVRP closed to new applications Nov. 8, 2023.

Beginning in 2009, CSE issued more than $1.4 billion to fund rebates from $1,000 to $7,500 for individuals, nonprofits, government entities and business owners. CVRP funding was determined by an annual funding plan developed with public input and approved by the California Air Resource Board.

In addition to rebates, CSE conducted clean vehicle education and outreach, analyzed program data to inform stakeholders and policymakers and conducted ongoing surveys of CVRP recipients to encourage and inform  clean vehicle deployment throughout California and the nation.

“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

$1.4+ billion in rebates

CSE administered $1.4+ billion in rebates for plug-in, electric and alternative fuel vehicles in California

588,000+ rebates

CSE processed more than 588,000 rebates for individuals, businesses and fleets in California

9.9 MT GHG reductions

CVRP-incentivized vehicles facilitated 9.9 million tons of CO2e greenhouse gas reductions

Program at a Glance

Program Goals

Promoted adoption of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) and technology innovation

CSE's Role

As project administrators, CSE issued rebates and provided 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, auto dealerships and vehicle manufacturers

State Policies Supported

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

Impact Statement

Distributed over $1.4 billion to more than 588,000 applicants in 15 years