RCEA’s Public Rebate for Electric Vehicles
The Redwood Coast Energy Authority launched a public rebate for electric vehicles on December 1, 2020. The rebate, funded by RCEA’s Community Choice Energy program, aims to encourage the purchase of electric vehicles in Humboldt county and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The program will incentivize community members to purchase EVs by adding an additional rebate to the state Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) as a limited time offer. RCEA customers are eligible for a rebate totaling 50% of whatever incentive amount they received from the CVRP. Applicants can only apply for RCEA’s rebate if they have already been approved by the CVRP. CVRP applications dated 9/1/20 or later will be accepted. To learn more about the CVRP, visit the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project website. The Federal Tax Credit is another way to bring down the cost of purchasing an EV.
$50,000 in funding is initially available for the program. The rebate program, which is the first of its kind in the county, will run until the funding has run out. Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis for vehicles registered in Humboldt County.
What is an EV?
Electric vehicles are vehicles that are powered all or in part by electricity. For more details on the different types of electric vehicles, questions about battery maintenance, and other incentives that are available, please check out our EV FAQ page.
Anyone who is an RCEA Customer and has been approved for a rebate by the California Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) is eligible to apply for this rebate.
No, the RCEA rebate is only available for those who have been approved for a rebate by the CVRP.
No, used cars are not eligible for the CVRP and therefore not eligible for this RCEA rebate.
Rebates are limited to one per residential or business service address. For multifamily residences with a shared electric account, one rebate per unit number is allowed.
Only one rebate is allowed per residential or business service address. You cannot apply more than once for the same service address.
Your application will contain sensitive personal information that cannot be guaranteed secure if submitted via email. You can drop off in the mailbox by our front door, send via USPS mail, or by send via fax.
Once your application has been approved, you should receive your rebate check within 30 days.
You will be notified by RCEA when your application has been reviewed and either approved or denied. If you have any further questions about your rebate status, you can email our staff at email@example.com.
Several local dealerships carry new electric vehicles, and you can also explore options at dealerships in nearby counties. Usually a good first step is determining the type of EV you’d like to buy, and then searching for dealerships that carry that vehicle.
The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) is a state rebate program that promotes clean vehicle adoption in California by offering rebates of up to $7,000 for the purchase or lease of new, eligible zero-emission vehicles, including electric, plug-in hybrid electric, and fuel cell vehicles. More information about the program can be found on the CVRP website.
A complete list of CVRP eligibility requirements can be found on their website. Applicants can be individuals, businesses, nonprofits, or government entities based in California. They must meet income eligibility requirements and submit a CVRP application within 3 months of the vehicle purchase or lease. Applicants must purchase a vehicle that has been deemed eligible by the CVRP.
These rebates are funded by RCEA’s Community Choice Energy program. Based on community interest and the availability of funds, RCEA may run another round of the program next year.