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MCE is offering free charging for electric vehicles (EVs) at our San Rafael office location: 1125 Tamalpais Avenue. MCE’s 10 EV charging stations will be free until further notice, with charging stations conveniently located just two blocks from downtown San Rafael’s Fourth Street. If it’s your first time charging at MCE, we recommend that you download the Greenlots app from the App Store or the Google Play Store to your mobile device, and create a Greenlots account. You do not need to associate a credit card or pre-load any money into the account.

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MCEv $3,500 EV Rebate

The MCEv program is offering a $3,500 EV rebate to help to lower the price and ease the process of purchasing new EVs for income-qualifying customers. Both purchased and leased new EVs are eligible. Within the same application, MCE can also help qualifying customers combine this rebate with the State’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) for a total rebate of $7,000 to $8,000.

EVs are zero emissions, which means cleaner air and a healthier environment for your community! EV owners also save on the monthly cost of fuel and maintenance.

Eligibility

To qualify for the MCEv $3,500 EV rebate, you must:

  1. Submit your rebate application within 3 months of purchasing or leasing a qualified EV
  2. Live in MCE’s service area and belong to a household that receives electric service from MCE
  3. Meet at least one of the following household requirements:
    • be enrolled in one of the following programs:
      • CalWORKs/TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program)
      • Medicaid
      • Medi-Cal (Income Qualified Medi-Cal Only)
      • SSI (Supplemental Security Income)
      • CAPI (Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants)
      • Section 8 Rental Certificate Program for Very Low and Extremely Low Income classifications (HUD)
      • Clean Cars 4 All (CC4A)
      • Clean Vehicle Assistance Program (CVA Program)
    • or meet the qualifying annual household income shown in the table
Household Size Maximum Combined Household Income*
1 $37,470
2 $50,730
3 $63,990
4 $77,250
5 $90,510
6 $103,770
7 $117,030
8 $130,290
9 Add $13,260 for each additional person
*These values are equal to 300% of the 2019 Federal Poverty Level Guidelines.

Customers enrolled in California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) or Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) will still need to verify household income on the rebate application.

MCEv Vehicle Rebate Interest Form for Income-Qualifying Customers

To find out if you qualify for MCEv’s $3,500 rebate, please complete the Interest Form below and we will get in touch with you. You can also contact us at ev@mceCleanEnergy.org or 1 (415) 464-6686 to learn more.

Available EV Rebates & Discounts

We want to help all of our customers make the switch from gas to electric cars. MCE customers are eligible to receive the following EV rebates and discounts, subject to availability and restrictions:

Program New EV Used EV Available for Leases Income Qualified Aid Additional Information
MCEv Vehicle Rebate $3,500 does not apply yes yes Rebate provided after purchase. Combines with PG&E Rebate + CVRP and CC4A or CVAP.
Federal Tax Credit $7,500 (maximum) does not apply yes – applied by the dealer yes Tax credit provided after purchase on your tax return. Tax credit range based on tax liability, battery capacity, and manufacturer cap.
CA Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) $1,000 (plug-in hybrid) $2,000 (full battery) does not apply yes no Rebate provided after purchase. CVAP and CVRP incentives cannot be combined. For customers that qualify for both incentives, CVRP is a better option for leasing a new EV.
CVRP Income-Qualified Increased Rebate $2,500 does not apply yes yes Rebate provided after purchase. Maximum household income must be 300% of 2018 Federal Poverty Level. This rebate may be applied to those qualified with Clean Cars for All.
Clean Vehicle Assistance Program (CVAP) Grant $5,000 $5,000 no yes Rebate provided at time of purchase. Maximum household income must be 400% of 2018 Federal Poverty Level. CVAP cannot be combined with CVRP or CC4A. For customers that qualify for both incentives, CVAP is a better option for purchasing a new or used EV if you don’t currently own a 2005 or older model vehicle.
PG&E Clean Fuel Rebate $800 $800 (if previous owner(s) did not receive this rebate) yes no Rebate provided after purchase.
Clean Cars for All (CC4A) $5,500-$9,500 $5,500-$9,500 yes yes Grant provided before purchase. Vehicle replacement program for income-qualified Bay Area residents seeking to replace their older vehicles with a hybrid, EV, or Clipper Card for public transportation. This combines with CVRP, MCEv Vehicle Rebate, and PG&E Rebate.
*As an MCE customer you continue to receive PG&E electric delivery, billing, and maintenance services and are eligible to participate in PG&E’s EV rebate programs.

Need to Get Rid of An Old Gas Guzzler?

If you have not purchased an EV yet, you may qualify to participate in the Clean Cars for All Program and receive up to $9,500 for replacing your 2005 or older vehicle with an EV. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District also offers a Vehicle Buyback Program, which will pay Bay Area residents $1,000 to turn in their operable, registered, 1996 or older vehicle for scrapping.

EV Charging & Rates

EV charging is easy once you get started. Here are a few tips:

  • Any type of electricity will charge an EV, including a regular outlet! The amount of time needed to fully charge an EV, however, depends on the type/level of charger.
  • Charging at home – The average Bay Area commuter will get enough of a charge just by plugging their EV into a regular 120v outlet at home nightly from 9 pm–8 am. Learn about special EV rates available for your household electricity usage below.

  • Charging away – If you need to charge away from home, there are a lot of public charging options with more opening soon. Use the Plugshare map* to locate an EV charging station near you. Don’t see your workplace or favorite destination on this map? Fill out our MCEv Charging Interest Form and we will contact the property manager about installing an EV charging station.

*Map is provided, updated, and supported courtesy of PlugShare. MCE is not associated with PlugShare and cannot guarantee its accuracy.

Special Electricity Rates for EV Drivers

Our residential EV rates (called EV2) are often lower than investor-owned utility rates, providing EV drivers a cost-effective way of charging their car at home. MCE’s EV2 rates are based on the time of day when a car is charged, with incentives for charging during off-peak usage hours like at night when charging is least expensive. This helps to support the grid by shifting load away from times of the day when usage is high and there is more strain on the grid towards times when generation is plentiful and overall usage is low.

EV2 rates apply to all of your household electricity usage, so even your late night TV binge watching will be cheaper! You’ll want to avoid charging during peak periods when rates are higher.

To sign up for EV2 rates, please complete PG&E’s online application or call PG&E at: 1 (866) 743-0335. Once your account has moved to PG&E’s EV rate schedule, your MCE account will automatically be billed under the corresponding MCE EV2 rate.

Summer EV2 Rates: June 1 – September 30

Light Green 60% Renewable Deep Green 100% Renewable
Peak
4pm–9pm
$0.154/kWh $0.164/kWh
Part-peak
3pm–4pm & 9pm–12am
$0.110/kWh $0.120/kWh
Off-peak all other hours $0.069/kWh $0.079/kWh

Winter EV2 Rates: October 1 – May 31

Light Green 60% Renewable Deep Green 100% Renewable
Peak
4pm–9pm
$0.098/kWh $0.108/kWh
Part-peak
3pm–4pm & 9pm–12am
$0.085/kWh $0.095/kWh
Off-peak all other hours $0.062/kWh $0.072/kWh

Go the Extra Mile with ZERO Emission Electricity

As an EV driver you already know that you have greatly reduced your carbon footprint by eliminating all of the tailpipe emissions that come out of your car.

Have you considered the emissions associated with the electricity that goes into your car? By choosing Deep Green 100% renewable energy for your household electricity, the emissions associated with charging your car are ZERO!

MCE offers 50% wind 50% solar Deep Green service option to SF Bay Area homes and business, locally sourced renewable energy

Electric Vehicle FAQ

No. When combined with rebates (such as MCE’s) and the cost of fuel and maintenance, owning an EV is often less expensive to operate than a gas-fueled car. Used EVs can be as low as $2,000 after rebates.

Yes! EVs undergo the same rigorous safety tests as traditional gas-fueled cars with additional standards for battery safety.

Yes! Replacing a gas-fueled car with an EV eliminates an average of 4.6 metric tons of air pollution from your community! It would take nearly 5.5 acres of trees to remove that much carbon in a year!