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Electric Vehicle Incentive Program

PROGRAM IS CLOSED! All funds have been exhausted and there is no waitlist. Click HERE to subscribe to the EVIP email list for notifications on future programs.

The first eligible purchase or lease date (date of signature) is July 1, 2023. Purchases and leases made prior are NOT ELIGIBLE!

PG&E's CARE/FERA Discount IS NOT ELIGIBLE as proof of low-income for EVIP.

Ensure your new vehicle is on the California Vehicle Rebate Project's (CVRP) list of eligible new vehicles before purchasing or leasing. Used vehicles may also be eligible even if they are not on the current CVRP list. Check with MBARD staff.

The primary buyer/lessee (usually the first name on the sales agreement and registration) must be the one to apply for EVIP. If there is a co-buyer/lessee, the incentive will be issued in the form of a dual party check.

Eligible and complete applications are reviewed in order of submission, and incentives are limited to one per address within the same program year.


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Low Income qualified residents may be eligible for doubled incentive amounts!

We cannot and will not accept your W-2, Form 1040, pay stubs or other income documents for eligiblity verification. Instead, you must provide proof that you are currently receiving a low-income benefit or assistance through a verifiable program (e.g., a benefits card or an approval award letter. Some qualifying programs are listed below. This is not a complete list. If you are a participant of a program or benefit not listed here, please check with District staff at (831) 647-9411 before applying.

  • US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development website
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) website
  • Medi-Cal website
  • CalFresh/SNAP (Food Stamps) website
  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) website
  • CalWORKs (TANF) or Tribal TANF website
  • Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8) website
  • Residency in Affordable Housing or Public Housing website
  • Family Electric Rate Assistance Program (FERA) website
  • Emergency Rental Assistance Program (Monterey & The United Way) website


What are electric vehicles?

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Electric vehicles are powered by rechargeable battery packs. The benefits of EVs include:

  • Lower fuel costs
  • Lower maintenance costs
  • Zero air emissions
  • Fuel while you sleep


How far can I drive an electric vehicle?

It depends upon your choice of electric vehicle and your driving style. Pure battery electric vehicles can generally go 60 to 310 miles on a full charge, which is plenty of range for most people. If more range flexibility is needed, however, a plug-in hybrid might be a better fit. They can generally run on battery alone for 10 to 40 miles, and then continue up to 400 miles as a gasoline-electric hybrid.


Where can I plug in my electric vehicle?

Most people will charge their electric vehicles at home; however, there are many public charging stations available in our area and beyond. To find a charging station near you go to:


May I get help picking an EV and applying for incentives?

The Central Coast EV Purchase Guidance Program helps low-to-middle income residents through the entire process of buying an electric vehicle (EV) or plug-in hybrid (PHEV). Staffed by bilingual community-based organizations and professional advisors.


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Additional Resources:

Questions?  Contact our EVIP Team: