California introduces $14,000 EV incentive

Max McDee, 24 June 2024

The Golden State has always been a pioneer in electric vehicle adoption, offering tempting carrots like cold hard cash and the coveted perk of bypassing rush hour traffic in the HOV lane. Now, California is sweetening the deal even further with a generous $14,000 incentive aimed squarely at low-income residents eager to make the electric switch.

While the EV market is booming, the price tag on these eco-friendly rides remains a hurdle for many. Automakers are racing to bring down costs, but for now, the dream of owning a brand-new electric car remains just that – a dream. Enter the California Air Resources Board (CARB) with its new Driving Clean Assistance Program (DCAP). Essentially an expansion of the existing Clean Cars 4 All (CC4A) program, the DCAP is offering up to $14,000 towards the purchase of new or used clean vehicles.

$14,000 in your pocket for going electric if you live in California

But before you start counting your electric chickens, there's some fine print. The full $14,000 is reserved for first-time applicants only who haven't dipped into other CARB incentives. Income also plays a role, with eligibility capped at 300 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, translating to an annual income of $93,600 for a family of four.

The exact amount you pocket varies depending on your zip code. Residents of disadvantaged communities score $12,000 towards their new ride, plus $2,000 in charging credits. For those living elsewhere, the purchase credit drops to $10,000, but the charging credit remains the same.

So, if you're a Californian with EV dreams and a modest income, this might be your golden ticket. It's time to dust off those brochures, do your research, and take advantage of this electrifying opportunity. Remember, the only thing better than cruising past gridlocked traffic in your new EV is doing it with an extra $14,000 in your wallet.


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