1. Verify Eligibility
The Clean Vehicle Assistance Program is for California residents with a qualifying income. In the online application we verify your residency using your driver’s license. We verify your household income using the adjusted gross income listed on your tax transcript (or we can work with you if you didn’t file taxes).
|People in Household*||Maximum Annual Income**|
*Count only yourself plus any spouse and/or dependents you have.
**Income calculation based on 400% of the Federal Poverty Level (2018).
2. Secure Fair Financing
We can help you get a fair and transparent loan if you need one. Our preferred lender, Beneficial State Bank, has committed to providing loans at an 8% or lower interest rate for your clean vehicle purchase. You can also use a lender of your choice, but if you get a loan, remember that it must have a 16% interest rate or below to qualify for the grant.
Grants do not need to be repaid. The remaining balance on the loan will need to be repaid according to the loan terms. Read more on financing.
3. Pick Your New Clean Vehicle
Once you get an Approval Packet in the mail, you can redeem a grant for your clean vehicle purchase. Grants are for new or used clean vehicles and are applied when you purchase the car. With the purchase of a battery electric vehicle (BEV) or a plug-in hybrid (PHEV), you can also get a free charging unit with installation support, up to a $2,000 value.
We help you through the process
Sample Costs and Timeline:
This is Sofia. Before she applies online, Sofia prepares an image of her CA driver’s license. She then completes the online application, which includes helpful education videos and signing the 4506T form to share her previous year’s tax transcript with Beneficial State Foundation.
Sofia qualifies for a grant and receives her Approval Packet in the mail. While she was waiting for grant approval, she researched which vehicle would be best for her and her family. She finds a used Honda Civic hybrid she likes for $9,000.
Sophia brings her Approval Packet and loan pre-approval letter to a CVA Program Network Dealership. She test drives the vehicle she wants, to make sure the vehicle is in good condition. Sofia applies the clean vehicle grant to her purchase to lower the cost of the car.
Her family is happy to be driving a low-emission, clean vehicle. She builds up her credit as she continues to pay off her car loan each month.
Fast and Transparent
We try to make our process as fast and transparent as possible. Getting into a new or used hybrid or electric vehicle can take as little as three weeks or as long as three months, depending on how quickly you complete your application and how long it takes us to verify your grant eligibility.
The first step is to apply online so that we can confirm your California residency and check that your income qualifies you for a clean vehicle assistance grant. We will verify your residency and income using your tax transcript and driver’s license. Once you receive an Approval Packet in the mail, you can go to one of our Network Dealerships and purchase your new or used hybrid or electric vehicle with your grant. We give the grant directly to the dealership to lower the cost of your vehicle when you purchase it.
Monthly payments vary based on the size of your loan and the term length of your loan. For example, if you purchase an $11,000 electric vehicle and apply a $5,000 grant, you can use a loan to finance the remaining $6,000. If you repay the auto loan over 4 years, your monthly payment would be around $125. You would only need to repay the $6,000 loan, grants do not need to be repaid.
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