Zero emission vehicle programs

You can save thousands of dollars when buying a zero emission vehicle (ZEV), like an electric car or a plug-in hybrid car. You may be eligible for multiple programs.

Switching to a ZEV is one of the best things you can do to fight climate change and improve air quality. ZEVs are cleaner than gas- and diesel-powered cars and trucks, even when accounting for the electricity they use.

ZEVs also save you money. The electricity to power the car is cheaper than gas or diesel. ZEVs also have lower maintenance costs.

Clean Cars 4 All

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Your benefit

Many low-income Californians can save up to $12,000 when they replace their old cars with ZEVs.

How to get your grant

Enter your zip code at DriveClean to find out if there’s a Clean Cars 4 All program in your area.

Federal tax credit

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Your benefit

You can get up to $7,500 off your taxes for buying a qualifying ZEV. You’ll get this money in your tax refund.

How to get your credit

  1. Check the tax credit income limits to make sure you qualify.
  2. Claim the credit when you prepare your federal taxes.
    • If you use a tax preparation service (like TurboTax or TaxSlayer), look for the Qualified Plug-in Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Credit in the credits section.
    • If someone prepares your taxes for you, tell them you purchased a ZEV.
    • If you do your own taxes, file Form 8936 with your federal tax return.

Local programs

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Your benefit

Your power provider or local government may offer money or incentives for buying a ZEV.

How to find programs

Enter your zip code at DriveClean to find programs in your area.