Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) offering rebates for purchasing clean vehicles

March 29, 2021 /

Is a new vehicle in the horizon for you? You’ll want to read this if you’re looking to save some money and the environment.

The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) is promoting clean vehicle adoption in California by offering rebates of up to $4,500 to residents who have purchased or leased new, eligible zero-emission vehicles.

In order to be eligible for a rebate, certain requirements must be met. These include being a California resident with an income of $150,000 or less for a single filer, an income of $204,000 or less for head of household filers, or having an income of $300,000 or less for joint filers. California residents with a household income less than or equal to 400 percent of the federal poverty level are also eligible for an increased rebate amount of $2,500.

“I love my all-electric vehicle. When we needed to get a second car, we fretted that we wouldn’t be able to get something that matches both our budgets and our values,” EVangelist Claire wrote about her experience after making the switch from gas to electric vehicle. “With the CVRP rebate, we managed to meet both.”

There are various benefits to owning and operating an electric vehicle (EV): they save money on transportation along with reducing environmental impacts. With transportation being the largest source of greenhouse gas emission, the state of California is working to electrify the transportation sector and get 1.5 million electric vehicles on the road by 2025.

The CVRP website provides interested parties with a list of eligible vehicles which includes Chevrolet Bolts, Honda Claritys, Hyundai Ioniqs, motorcycles, and many more. The website also provides information like cooperating dealerships, online maps of public charging and hydrogen fueling stations, and other online resources that help you find an EV that is right for you.

Richland Chevrolet, located in Shafter, is currently the only Kern County dealership participating in the CVRP Rebate Now Preapproval Pilot. If you apply for a preapproved rebate and are currently shopping for a clean vehicle, this pilot program allows the participating dealerships to apply your preapproved rebate amount toward your purchase or lease, reducing the amount you pay for your vehicle up front.

If you’d like to purchase or lease your vehicle elsewhere, you may still qualify for a CVRP rebate by either applying for the rebate after your purchase or by applying for preapproval and claiming the preapproved rebate yourself.

Victoria Rodgers

Victoria Rodgers is an editor and reporter for Kern Sol News. Born in Bakersfield, CA, she received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Rockford University in Illinois. She can be reached at