• The number of clean vehicle rebates claimed increased slightly as a result of higher shares of new ZEV registrations, despite the fact that more stringent vehicle eligibility requirements are becoming effective in late 2022.101 However, the rebate amount has increased to up to $7,000 depending on ZEV type.102 The share of equity groups—people living in disadvantaged communities (as defined by CalEnviroScreen 3.0)103 and low-income communities (as defined by Assembly Bill 1550)104–taking advantage of the rebate has been steadily increasing the last few years. In 2021, 29.2 percent of rebates came from either of these groups, up from 26.5 percent in 2020 and more than 10 percentage points higher than in 2015 (17.8%).

101 For example, Toyota Prius Prime, which was the best-selling PHEV in 2018 and 2019, is no longer eligible due to the increased minimum 30-mile EPA electric range requirement implemented on April 6, 2021. This vehicle has a rated 25-mile EPA electric range.

102 “CVRP Increased Rebate.” California Clean Vehicle Rebate Project. Available at: https://cleanvehiclerebate.org/en/increased-rebate

103 The CalEnviroScreen3.0 can be view here: https://oehha.ca.gov/calenviroscreen/report/calenviroscreen-30

104 The Assembly Bill 1550 can be view here: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220AB1550