Electric Vehicle Rebates

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Electric Vehicle Rebates2019-06-13T17:27:47-07:00

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Perks of Driving an Electric Vehicle

MCE Electric Vehicle $3,500 Rebate Program

The MCEv Program is helping to lower the price of new and used electric vehicles (EVs) for low-income qualifying customers with a $3,500 EV rebate. Both purchased and leased EVs are eligible. MCE can also help qualifying customers to combine this rebate with other incentives for a total discount of up to $12,300 for a new EV or $9,300 for a used EV.

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.


To qualify for MCE’s $3,500 EV rebate, the applicant must belong to a household that receives MCE service and meet at least one of the following household requirements:

  • be enrolled in California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE),
  • be enrolled in Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA), or
  • meet the qualifying annual household income shown in the table.
Number of People in Household*Maximum Annual Household Income**
*Include only yourself and any spouse and/or dependents.
**Before taxes based on current income sources. Valid through May 31, 2019.

To find out if you qualify, please complete the EV Rebate Interest Form below and we will get back in touch with you. You can also contact us at ev@mceCleanEnergy.org or (415) 464-6686 to learn more about the program.

EV Rebate Interest Form for Income-Qualifying Customers

Other Available EV Incentives

MCE customers are eligible to receive the following EV rebates and discounts, subject to availability and restrictions:

ProgramNew EVUsed EVAvailable for LeasesAdditional Information
MCEv Program$3,500$3,500yesRebate provided at time of purchase/lease.
Federal Tax Credit$3,000 (estimated)does not applynoTax credit provided after purchase. Tax credit ranges from $2,500-$7,500 base on tax liability, battery capacity, and vehicle make/model. $3,000 is an estimated amount for low-income customers.
Clean Vehicle Assistance Program (CVAP) Grant$5,000$5,000noRebate provided at time of purchase. Maximum household income must be 400% of 2018 Federal Poverty Level. CVAP and CVRP incentives cannot be combined. For customers that qualify for both incentives, CVAP is a better option for purchasing a new or used EV.
California Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP)$2,500does not applyyesRebate 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.
California Clean Vehicle Rebate Project – Low Income Increased Rebate$2,000does not applyyesRebate provided after purchase. Maximum household income must be 300% of 2018 Federal Poverty Level.
PG&E Clean Fuel Rebate*$800$800
(if the previous owner(s) did not already take advantage of the Clean Fuel Rebate)
yesRebate provided after purchase.
*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?

You might qualify for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s Vehicle Buyback Program. This program will pay Bay Area residents $1,000 to turn in their operable, registered, 1996 or older vehicle for scrapping.

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!

EV Charging and Rebates

Visit our EV Charging and Rates page for information about charging station rebates, charger locations, and electricity rates for EV drivers.