A Business Owner’s Guide to California Clean Vehicle Rebates

Posted on May 8, 2023 •

Did you know the state of California will pay commercial business and property owners for helping them get more clean cars, trucks, and buses on the road?

California is making a push towards becoming a world leader in forging an oil-free future through bills that propose a heavy shift towards the sale of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) in California over the coming years. (See Governor Gavin Newsom’s historic $10 billion zero-emission vehicle package outlined here.)

As part of that plan, the state announced $3.6 billion in funding to support electric transportation last November (2022).

“The future is electric, and we’re making it easier and cheaper than ever before to go electric. That means more assistance to help folks buy clean cars and more charging stations in more communities throughout the state.” – California Governor, Gavin Newsom

In this blog, we will outline a few of the top/most common current rebate programs available to California business and commercial property owners who are ready to make the push towards electric.

Incentives & rebates for California business & commercial property owners who support clean transportation

Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (CVRP) for Businesses 

Businesses, non-profits, federal entities, and tribal communities can get up to $4,500 for the purchase or lease of eligible zero-emission and plug-in hybrid light-duty vehicles.

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Inland Counties Incentive Project

The Inland Counties Incentive Project has $17.5 million in available funds to promote purchase and installation of electric vehicle charging stations including Level 2 Chargers and DC Fast Chargers. Funding is limited to the following California counties: Butte, El Dorado, Imperial, Kings, Merced, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tulare, and Yolo.

Learn more.

California Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Bus Replacement Grant

The Volkswagen Mitigation Trust has $130 million in funds to replace older, high-polluting transit, school, and shuttle buses with new battery-electric or fuel-cell buses.

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Zero-Emission Freight & Marine Projects

The California VW Mitigation Trust has allocated $35 million in funding for zero-emission freight and marine projects.

  • Up to $175,000 available for electric forklifts and port cargo handling equipment
  • Up to $2,500,000 available for zero-emission marine engine vessels or installation of shore-power systems
  • Potential full sponsorship available for zero-emission airport ground support equipment through the Zero-Emission Freight and Marine (ZEFM) program

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National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program (NEVI)

*Applications for NEVI funding have not yet opened as of April 2023,* but its first deployment plan was approved in the fall of 2022. Caltrans and the California Energy Commission (CEC) are partnering to implement the NEVI Program, which allocates $6 billion to the states to create a nationwide, interconnected network of DC fast chargers along the National Highway Systems. California’s share will be $384 million over 5 years.

Learn more & check for application updates here

Disclaimer: Please note that California incentives and rebate programs are ever-changing as application deadlines pass and new incentives become available. For an up-to-date list of all current California laws, incentives, regulations, funding opportunities, and other initiatives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, advanced technologies, or air quality, visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy website.

Is Your Business Ready to Make the Switch to Electric?

M3 Service is here to help businesses ease into the transition to clean transportation from obtaining government funding to installing EV charging stations that fit your needs and budget.

For assistance applying for rebates or learning what’s currently available for your business, set up a consultation with one of our M3 Service technicians today!

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