Rebates for first-time EV buyers

In the market for a new car? Make the switch now to an EV!

If you live in San Mateo County and purchase your first EV, Peninsula Clean Energy will offer you a $700 rebate for new plug-in hybrid electric vehicles or a $1,000 rebate for new all-battery electric vehicles.

This rebate is only available for eligible EVs purchased from October 1st through December 31st.

Apply for your new EV rebate

After you have purchased your new EV, apply online for your rebate.
Once your application is approved, you should receive your check within 10-15 days.

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Not buying a new EV but interested in a used EV? For income-qualified residents, we are offering rebates on used electric vehicles or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Learn about our Used EV Rebates

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Why switch from gas-powered to electric?

Electric vehicles cost significantly less to run, have lower maintenance costs and emit 25 times less emissions than gasoline-powered cars. New electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles have significantly increased driving ranges. The average commute in San Mateo County is about 44 miles round trip, easily in the range of a fully electric cars. Learn more about EVs

Participant Eligibility*

  1. Rebates are only available to San Mateo County residents
  2. Rebates are for first-time EV owners

Vehicle Eligibility*

  1. Vehicle must be a plug-in hybrid or all-battery electric vehicle
  2. Vehicle must be new
  3. Vehicle must be a purchase. Leases are not eligible
  4. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles must have a minimum electric range of 25 miles
  5. The vehicle purchase contract cash price must not exceed $45,000

*Read the full Terms & Conditions for complete eligibility requirements and important details about the program.

1. When should I submit my rebate application?

You should submit your rebate application after you have purchased and taken delivery your vehicle.

2. What vehicles are eligible?

To be eligible, vehicles must be new, have a minimum electric range of 25 miles (for plug-in hybrid EVs), and the cash price as stated in Line 1-A of your purchase agreement must not exceed $45,000.

Eligible vehicles may* include:

  • BMW i3
  • Chevrolet Bolt
  • Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
  • Fiat 500e
  • Ford Fusion Energi
  • Honda Clarity Electric
  • Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid
  • Hyundai Ioniq Electric
  • Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid
  • Hyundai Kona Electric
  • Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid
  • Kia Niro Electric
  • Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid
  • Kia Soul EV
  • Nissan Leaf
  • Tesla Model 3
  • Toyota Prius Prime
  • Toyota RAV4 Prime

*IMPORTANT: the vehicle models listed here have a base Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) below $45,000. However, different trims, upgrades, or add-on accessories may increase the purchase price over $45,000 and thus disqualify the vehicle from the rebate.

3. What is my vehicle’s “cash price”?

Your vehicle’s cash price is found on Line 1-A (“Cash Price of Motor Vehicle and Accessories) of your vehicle purchase agreement. Line 1-A represents the Manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) of your vehicle including any upgrades or add-on accessories and manufacturer destination/transport fees. It does not include taxes and government fees. Certain discounts at the time of sale may be incorporated into your cash price but this varies by manufacturer and/or dealership so ask your dealer for details on this.

4. What is my vehicle’s date of purchase?

Your date of purchase is considered the date your vehicle was first registered with the California DMV. View our sample supporting documents to find this date.

5. Who can I email with questions about the program?

You may email Programs@PeninsulaCleanEnergy.com with questions about the New EV Rebate Program.