Find your path to driving Electric

Are you a resident of the San Joaquin Valley? Are you thinking of buying a car but haven’t considered an electric vehicle (EV) because you think they’re too expensive, don’t have enough range or have limited options for charging in your community? Those things may all have been true a few years ago, but not anymore! Learn more about electric vehicle range and charging, as well as a combination of state (up to $13,500) and federally (up to $7,500) funded incentives you may be eligible to receive.

Meeting the Needs of the Community

Many San Joaquin Valley residents are driving older vehicles with high mileage and numerous mechanical problems that make them costly and unreliable. Older vehicles are also a major source of air pollution. One in six children in the Valley suffer from asthma. Poor air quality increases respiratory diseases like asthma and bronchitis, heightens the risk of life-threatening conditions like cancer, and burdens our health system with substantial medical costs. Vehicles are the largest source of air pollution in the Valley (click here to read more about air pollution and asthma in the Valley). By going electric and ditching the pump, you can do your part to improve air quality and help us all breathe a little easier.

CCAC is helping residents across the Valley understand the environmental and economic benefits of driving an EV and the available incentives to make it happen. Read below to find out how you can make owning a reliable, new electric car a reality. Be sure to check out our Community Calendar or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn to learn about an EV outreach event or presentation near you!

Financial Benefits of EV Ownership

Income-qualified residents (see table below) can receive up to $13,500 in state and locally funded EV incentives. You may be eligible for an additional $7,500 in federal tax credits. For those who are unable to directly benefit from the tax credit, you may be able to lease a new EV, in which case the dealer (leasing company) receives the federal tax credit and deducts it from the price of the vehicle. All together, these COMBINED INCENTIVES can reduce the cost to purchase or lease an EV by more than $20,000!

Clean Vehicle Rebate Project

The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) promotes clean vehicle adoption by offering rebates of up to $4,500 for the purchase or lease of new electric vehicle.

Clean Vehicle Assistance Program

The Clean Vehicle Assistance Program (CVA Program) provides “grants” and affordable financing to help income-qualified Californians purchase or lease a new or used clean vehicle. CVA Program grants provide up to $5,000 toward the down payment of your new clean vehicle.

Drive Clean in the San Joaquin

The Valley Air District’s Drive Clean! Rebate Program provides up to $3,000 in rebates to Valley residents for the purchase or lease of a new electric vehicle. For more information about the program, please review the program guidelines and application.

And let’s not forget the money you’ll save by never having to fill your tank with gas if you choose a full battery electric vehicle! Most EV owners save over $100 a month on gasoline compared to the cost of charging their car. EV drivers also save money on vehicle maintenance costs, like oil and filter changes, as well as other services that combustion engines require. You will even save money on your brakes, as EVs use “regenerative braking”, which slows the car when you release the accelerator and recharges the battery at the same time.

What’s the Difference Between a Battery Electric Vehicle and a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle?

There are two options when considering an electric vehicle, battery electric vehicles (BEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV). Both qualify for the state and federal incentives described above, but they operate very differently, as shown below. For most people, the BEV is the way to go, but if you regularly travel more than 100 miles per day, the PHEV may be a better option.

Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)

For drivers who want to achieve zero tailpipe emissions and never pay for gas again.

BEVs use a larger battery to power one or more electric motors and can be plugged in at home, work or public charging stations. As a benefit, BEVs require limited maintenance—you will never need oil changes or new spark plugs again!

Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)

For drivers who want an electric-only mode, but still need the option of gas to meet all of their driving needs.

PHEVs offer both gas-only and electric-only driving—even at high speeds. Though they have smaller batteries than BEVs, they similarly charge by plugging in at home, work or public charging stations

Watch this brief 3-minute video to learn more about electric vehicles

How Will I Charge My New EV?

According to a survey by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the average person drives about 40 miles each day. There are now several EV models on the market with a battery range of more than 200 miles per charge. With this much range, and with so many EV Charging stations across the Valley, you can say goodbye to range anxiety! Just like your phone, plug-in your EV before you go to bed, and it will be charged and ready to go in the morning.

Level 1 Charging

Level 1 is the slowest method of charging but is sufficient for drivers who charge overnight and travel 40–50 miles per day. Charging cables come with the vehicle and plug into a standard 120–volt AC outlet with no equipment installation required. Level 1 charging works well for charging at home, work or anywhere a standard outlet is available – and when you have sufficient time to charge.

Level 1 charging adds about 5 miles of driving range per hour of charging time.

Level 2 Charging

Level 2 charging is considerably faster, but requires installing a dedicated 240–volt or 208–volt charging station, similar to what is required for a clothes dryer or electric range. Level 2 is found at many public and workplace charging stations, but also in many homes. It uses the same standard connector as Level 1 charging, meaning any EV can plug in at any Level 2 charger.

Depending on battery type, charger configuration and circuit capacity, Level 2 charging adds about 20 miles of range per hour of charging time.

DC Fast Charging

DC fast charging, also called supercharging, provides the fastest available “fill–up”. It requires a 480–volt connection, making DC fast charging unsuitable for home use, and not every EV model is equipped for it. Stations offering DC fast charging are found in shopping centers and often along major travel corridors, allowing EV drivers to charge up quickly and take longer trips.

Depending on battery type, charger configuration and circuit capacity, DC fast charging can add up to 100 miles of range in about 30 minutes of charging time.

Watch this brief 2-minute video to learn more about charging electric vehicles


Why Drive Electric?

  • Save money on transportation
  • Reduce environmental impacts
  • Convenience and reliability

Rebates and Incentives

  • State and Federal Incentives
  • Air District and Utility Rebates
  • HOV Lane Access

Next Step?

  • Find the right programs for you
  • Stack program funds for maximum savings
  • Drive off the lot in your NEW zero emission vehicle!

Clean Vehicle Empowerment Collaborative

The SJV Clean Vehicle Empowerment Collaborative (CVEC) includes community-based organizations working to reduce the environmental and economic inequities facing disadvantaged communities across the San Joaquin Valley. As a part of this work, participating CVEC organizations are helping Valley residents access the EV incentives described above. Click here to learn more about the CVE Collaborative or to contact a CVEC member organization near you.