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Monterey Bay Electric Vehicle Incentive Program

30% of funds remaining as of MAY 14, 2020!
EV Incentive Program is now accepting applications! Vehicle must have been purchased on or after AUGUST 1, 2019!

*Only one incentive per household per program year.

The list of vehicles eligible for incentives was updated on December 3, 2019. Please, be certain your vehicle is on the California Vehicle Rebate Project's Eligible Vehicle List before purchasing or leasing a vehicle.

CLICK HERE: Eligible Vehicle List
CLICK HERE: Application Form

Your Choice, Your Terms: Beginning August 1 and running until the program's funds run out

Your Choice, Your Terms offers any resident in Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz counties the opportunity to apply for Monterey Bay Air Resources District funded incentives for any used or new alternative fuel vehicle of their choice from any dealer throughout California

  • New EVs, General Public: $1,000 Used EVs: $750
  • New PHEVs: $500 / Used PHEVs: $300
  • New Electric Motorcycle: $200
  • New Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, General Public: $1,500

Income qualified residents can receive double the indicated rebate amount!

  • For a low-income application, please call Central Coast Energy Services at 1-888-728-3637 or download an application here:




Questions?  Please contact our EVIP Team:

  • Tyrone Bell - (redacted) or (831) 718-8023
  • Alan Romero - (redacted) or (831) 718-8030


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Electric vehicles use electricity as their primary fuel. The vehicles are powered by rechargeable battery packs. The benefits of an electric vehicle are:

-Lower fuel costs
-Lower maintenance costs
-Zero air emissions
-Fuel while you sleep


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Please go to for a list of the vehicles eligible for an Incentive from MBARD. The California vehicle rebate program (CVRP) is a similar but separate program from MBARD's program. The CVRP is currently accepting applications.  See the website link above.

How far can I drive an electric vehicle?
It depends upon your choice of electric vehicle and your driving style. Pure battery electric vehicles can generally go 60 to 310 miles on a full charge, which is plenty of range for most people. If more range flexibility is needed, however, a plug-in hybrid might be a better fit. They can generally run on battery alone for 10 to 40 miles, and then continue up to 400 miles as a gasoline-electric hybrid.

Where can I plug in my electric vehicle?
Most people will charge their electric vehicles at home; however, there are many public charging stations available in our area and beyond. To find a charging station near you go to:


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Additional Resources:

Monterey Bay Electric Vehicle Alliance:

Plug-in America:

Monterey Bay Community Power:

How much you can save on an EV:

If you haven’t seen the Electric for All (supported by Veloz) public awareness campaign, I highly recommend watching it and sharing with your friends:  Electric For All

City of Santa Cruz Climate Action Program: