Navigating California’s EV Rebates: A Guide for Business Owners in 2024

Posted on April 30, 2024 •

As the world moves towards cleaner transportation alternatives, California continues to pioneer the way through its progressive laws, bills, and initiatives that support the commercialization of and infrastructure for zero-emissions vehicles.

With some of the most ambitious climate goals in the country,— like its plan to eliminate the sale of gas-powered cars in the state and shift to 100% ZEV sales by 2035 (source: California Air Resource Board)— California has approved more than $1 billion dollars in financial incentives to support the transition including many rebates and incentives for business owners willing to make the switch to electric (source: California Energy Commission).

Below we have outlined the top 10 rebates available to California building owners looking to transition to an electric fleet or install commercial EV charging stations in 2024.

Top California Clean-Vehicle Rebates Available in 2024

SMUD’s Commercial Electric (EV) Program

To align with statewide goals to reduce carbon emissions, the SMUD Commercial Electric Vehicle (EV) Program supports the growth of commercial vehicle electrification and the increased need for electric vehicle service charging equipment (EVSE) by offering direct incentives, as well as tailored consulting or installation services through the SMUD eFuel program, for both fleet vehicles and installed on-site EVSE.

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California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP)

CALeVIP offers substantial rebates on installation costs for publicly available EV chargers including Level 2 chargers and DC fast chargers. 

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) Clean Transportation Program

The California Energy Commission (CEC) administers the Clean Transportation Program to provide financial incentives for businesses, vehicle and technology manufacturers, workforce training partners, fleet owners, consumers, and academic institutions with the goal of developing and deploying alternative and renewable fuels and advanced transportation technologies.

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Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit (30C tax credit)

If you install qualified vehicle refueling and recharging property at your business, you may be eligible for the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Tax Credit. The credit was extended and modified by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). The credit allowed is based on the placed-in-service date for the qualifying property.

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California Air Resources Board (CARB) Bus Replacement Grant

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) offers grants for the purchase of new zero-emission buses to replace old gasoline, diesel, compressed natural gas, or propane buses. Grants awards vary based on vehicle type.

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Government Fleet Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Grants

The California Energy Commission (CEC) Clean Transportation Program provides grants to light-duty local government and tribal government fleets for the purchase, installation, and maintenance of Level 2 and direct current (DC) fast chargers. Applicants may receive up to $12,500 per Level 2 port and up to $100,000 per DC fast charging port. Eligible projects must install a minimum of 100 charging ports.

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Is Your Business Considering Going Electric?

Navigating clean transportation (ZEV) rebates and incentives can be challenging. M3 Service is here to guide commercial building owners every step of the way.

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!

Reach out to learn more!

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