Used EV rebate
Affordable used electric cars
Peninsula Clean Energy’s Used EV Rebate Program is making it more affordable for income-qualifying San Mateo County residents to purchase a used electric vehicle (EV) by providing a vehicle rebate up to $4,000.
The program works in partnership with the Peninsula Family Service DriveForward Program, which offers vehicle loans and financial education to help participants purchase reliable used vehicles and strengthen their financial stability.
The program also helps connect participants to other EV incentive programs that Peninsula Clean Energy’s rebate may be combined with.
Electric vehicles save owners money on fueling and maintenance costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It’s a win-win!
To qualify for Peninsula Clean Energy’s program, you must meet the following requirements:
- Live in San Mateo County
- Meet qualifying income on the table below
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1. Fill out the interest form below
2. A Peninsula Clean Energy or Peninsula Family Service coordinator will contact you with more information and next steps
3. Submit your application to get pre-approved. If approved, shop for a reliable electric vehicle that fits your needs
4. Purchase a vehicle and drive forward into a brighter, cleaner future! Submit supporting documents for your purchase. Once approved, Peninsula Clean Energy will mail your rebate check to you!
Other EV incentive programs
Income-qualifying San Mateo County residents may also eligible to receive the following incentives from other regional and state programs:
|Program||EVs Incentive Amount||Additional Info|
|Clean Cars for All||$5,500 – $9,500 |
depending on income
|Must retire a vehicle 15 years old or older to qualify. Limited to certain Bay Area zip codes.|
|Driving Clean Assistance Program||$4, 500 – $5,000 |
depending on income & vehicle type
|Grant & (optional) financing assistance program. Bay Area only.|
|CA Clean Vehicle Assistance Program||$4, 500 – $5,000 |
depending on income & vehicle type
|Statewide grant & (optional) financing assistance program.|
- These three programs cannot be combined.
- Peninsula Clean Energy incentive is $2,000 if combined with funds of any of these programs, or $4,000 if used alone. Savings are greater by combining programs.
- Combined incentives may not exceed the cost of the vehicle. For example, if you receive $9,500 from the Clean Cars for All Program and purchase a $10,000 vehicle, Peninsula Clean Energy incentive would only be for $500.
- To receive Peninsula Clean Energy incentive, you may choose to apply directly with the other program first.
To be eligible for Peninsula Clean Energy’s incentive you must be a San Mateo County resident, have access to a plug at home or at work where you can charge you vehicle, and have a qualifying household income which is calculated based on 400% of the Federal Poverty Level (see income chart above).
Used plug-in hybrid electric vehicles or full-battery electric vehicles that are highway capable, four-wheeled passenger vehicles. Conventional hybrids, new vehicles, and motorcycles are not eligible.
Peninsula Clean Energy’s incentive is $4,000 if you are not stacking funds with other EV incentive programs OR $2,000 if you are stacking funds with other EV incentive programs.
Applicants have 3 months after the date of purchase to must submit a rebate application and be eligible for a rebate.
Yes, Peninsula Clean Energy’s incentive is stackable with other income-qualifying EV incentive programs such as the Clean Cars for All Program, the Driving Clean Assistance Program, and the Clean Vehicle Assistance Program. If you stack with other programs Peninsula Clean Energy’s incentive is $2,000 instead of $4,000.
It depends on what programs you participate in. The following table summarizes the potential saving amounts with Peninsula Clean Energy’s and other programs:
|PCE + Driving Clean Assistance Program||$7,000|
|PCE + Clean Vehicle Assistance Program||$7,000|
|PCE + Clean Vehicle Assistance Program||$7,500 – $11,500|
Please note that combined incentives cannot exceed the total cost of the vehicle. For example, if you purchase a $10,000 vehicle and receive a $9,500 incentive from the Clean Cars for All Program, you will only receive a $500 incentive from Peninsula Clean Energy.
It depends on what programs you participate in and if you plan on financing a vehicle loan through our program partner, Peninsula Family Service. In general, we will follow the following protocol. Also note that all the other EV incentive programs are up-front grants.
|PCE only + Peninsula Family Service loan||Up-front grant directly to the dealership|
|PCE only + loan through your own bank||Post-purchase rebate|
|PCE + some other EV incentive program||Other EV incentive program = up-front grant directly to the dealership
PCE incentive = post-purchase rebate
First, please fill out our interest form below. A representative from Peninsula Clean Energy will call you and let you know what next steps are. The process may depend on whether or not you apply for another EV incentive program.
You can purchase your vehicle at any dealership in the Bay Area for Peninsula Clean Energy’s incentive. However, please note that the other EV incentive programs have lists of approved dealers where the vehicle must be purchased.
We require photos of where you plan to plug in your vehicle at home or at work.
No, you must have a place to charge at home or at work.
To apply for a loan with Peninsula Family Service, you must first attend a PFS financial empowerment workshop. You would then submit your application for a loan and meet with a PFS coordinator for a one-on-one meeting.
Yes, you may get a loan at your bank of choosing. If you do so, your Peninsula Clean Energy incentive would be provided as an post-purchase rebate instead of as an up-front check to the dealership.
No, it is a not a requirement that you get a loan to receive Peninsula Clean Energys incentive. If you do not get a loan, your Peninsula Clean Energy incentive would be provided as an post-purchase rebate instead of as an up-front check to the dealership.
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