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Dec 16

Clean Cars for All grant program helps with electric vehicle and transit pass purchases

Posted on December 16, 2019 at 11:25 am by Clay Curtin

Are you interested in trading in your old car for a new electric vehicle? The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is inviting income-qualified Bay Area residents to apply for the Clean Cars for All grant program that provides incentives to retire older vehicles and replace them with a clean air vehicle or Clipper Card for public transit.

Residents may choose one of the following clean air transportation options to replace their scrapped vehicle:
  • Battery electric vehicles operate solely on their electric motor. Electric vehicle batteries recharge by plugging into an outlet or charging station.
  • Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles combine an electric motor with a gasoline engine. The gasoline-powered motor recharges plug-in hybrid batteries during braking and you can charge the batteries using an electrical outlet or charging station.
  • Hybrid electric vehicles combine an electric motor with a gasoline engine. These vehicles cannot be "plugged-in" to be "recharged.” The gasoline-powered motor also acts as a generator to recharge batteries on hybrids.
  • Clipper Cards can be used for public transportation on all major Bay Area transit systems. 

The average Clean Cars for All incentive is $7,500, but up to $9,500 is available for eligible applicants. Applicants must live in the Bay Area and their household income must fall under a specified limit based on their household size. Also, the vehicle to be scrapped must be model year 2004 or earlier and registered in California. Bay Area residents may check the program website or complete an application to verify their eligibility.

For more information about how to apply or to find out more, visit the Clean Cars for All website.