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Grants and loans for income-qualified Californians

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The Clean Vehicle Assistance Program provides grants and affordable financing to help income-qualified Californians purchase or lease a new or used hybrid or electric vehicle. Our goal is to make clean vehicles accessible and affordable to all who qualify.

The Clean Vehicle Assistance Program is funded by California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities.

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Who is Eligible?

Our grant program is for California residents who meet the income requirement. Learn more about eligibility.

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What Vehicles are Available?

Grants are for new or used clean vehicles. You can get a grant for a hybrid vehicle, a plug-in hybrid, or an electric vehicle. Battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids can also include a home charging station with installation support, up to a $2,000 value.

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How Do Grants Work?

When all program requirements are met, grants do not need to be repaid. To get a grant, you must receive an Approval Packet prior to purchasing the vehicle and comply with all program requirements throughout the program term.  The grant will be given to the dealer to lower the overall cost of the new or used clean vehicle.

We give grants, not rebates.

To secure a grant, you must receive an Approval Letter BEFORE you purchase a vehicle.

What makes a grant different?

When all program requirements are met, grants do not need to be repaid.

The Program at a Glance


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Last updated May 24th, 2022.

*Disadvantaged communities are determined using CalEnviroScreen ( Classification is based on community exposure and vulnerability to pollution, among other factors.

How can I get a clean vehicle grant and fair financing?

We'll walk you through the steps