IMPORTANT: TEMPORARY REWARD AMOUNT REDUCTION

The California Clean Fuel Reward amount will be temporarily reduced to $0 as of September 1, 2022. The time to get your EV is NOW! See FAQs for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

When the reward amount reduction period ends, new program details will be added to the website.

The reward amount reduction was based on the goal to sustainably maintain a robust and impactful reward amount, which was challenged by several factors, including:

  • Higher than estimated growth of electric vehicle sales in California, which have drawn down reward funds more quickly than expected
  • Less revenue than initially estimated from the sale of LCFS credits
  • The program’s legal obligation to maintain at least $10 million in program funds in reserve

The program will continue to be monitored and restored if/when conditions change.

The reward amount and program rules are subject to change. The California Clean Fuel Reward team will continue to evaluate all aspects of the EV marketplace in California and make any adjustments necessary to ensure the future sustainability of the program.

Retailers can submit new enrollments in the California Clean Fuel Reward through 8/15/22.

The reward can be applied to a purchase or lease of an electric vehicle through a participating retailer. There are no income or location restrictions within California, but the vehicle must be registered in the State of California. For full details, see Program Rules. Note: The California Clean Fuel Reward will be temporarily reduced to $0 as of September 1, 2022. Please check the website for updates.

New purchased or leased Battery Electric (BEV) and Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) light-duty vehicles with a minimum battery capacity of five (5) kilowatt-hours. Vehicle must be street legal and must currently be on sale in the state of California by entities registered with the California DMV. “Light-duty vehicle” is defined as a vehicle that is rated at 8,500 pounds or less GVWR. This shall include “demo” vehicles that are sold to a customer as new and have never been titled, as well as demo/rental vehicles that a retailer purchases and registers the vehicle in California. The Eligible Vehicles page is frequently updated. Note: The California Clean Fuel Reward will be temporarily reduced to $0 as of September 1, 2022. Please check the website for updates.

An updated list of eligible vehicles can be found here. Note: The California Clean Fuel Reward will be temporarily reduced to $0 as of September 1, 2022. Please check the website for updates.

Only new, not previously registered vehicles are eligible for the reward. Note: The California Clean Fuel Reward will be temporarily reduced to $0 as of September 1, 2022. Please check the website for updates.

Yes. Enrolled retailers must reduce the customer’s contract price by the amount of the California Clean Fuel Reward on both purchases and leases. Note: The California Clean Fuel Reward will be temporarily reduced to $0 as of September 1, 2022. Please check the website for updates.

The reward amount depends on the vehicle battery capacity, measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh). Vehicles with battery capacities of sixteen (16) kilowatt-hours or higher qualify for the maximum reward. Vehicles must have a battery capacity of five (5) kilowatt-hours to be eligible for a reward. Note: The California Clean Fuel Reward will be temporarily reduced to $0 as of September 1, 2022. Please check the website for updates.

Your utility can be a valuable partner when you own an electric vehicle. It may offer special rebates, discounts, and time-of-day rates for EV charging. And many utilities operate networks of EV charging stations that you can use. For more information, contact your local utility.

There are many incentives, rewards, rebates, and tax credits available to people who purchase or lease electric vehicles, including discounts on chargers and electricity rates—you may even be eligible for HOV lane access. For full details, see Additional EV Incentives.

Yes, there are many incentives, rewards, rebates, and tax credits available to people who purchase or lease electric vehicles, including discounts on chargers and electricity rates—you may even be eligible for HOV lane access. Information on combining EV rebates is on our Additional EV Incentives page. Note: The California Clean Fuel Reward will be temporarily reduced to $0 as of September 1, 2022. Please check the website for updates.

The California Clean Fuel Reward is funded by electric utilities participating in the California Air Resources Board’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) program.

The audit reports are accessible here: Phase 1 AuditInterim Audit, and the 2021 Annual Audit. Note: The California Clean Fuel Reward will be temporarily reduced to $0 as of September 1, 2022. Please check the website for updates.

No. The California Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) continues to be available to qualifying consumers and businesses. Customers who are eligible for CVRP rebates can combine them with the California Clean Fuel Reward. Note: The California Clean Fuel Reward will be temporarily reduced to $0 as of September 1, 2022. Please check the website for updates.

Complete instructions for enrollment are available in the Program Guide. Common reasons for enrollment rejection are as follows:

  • Missing signed California Clean Fuel Reward Retailer Agreement
  • Incorrect DMV Retailer ID (must be 5 digits)
  • Not providing the website for the brand on the enrollment. Please do not provide the auto group website.
  • Not enrolling the brands separately. Please be sure to use a different contact and email address for the (GM) as the same email cannot be used for multiple retailers.
  • Incorrect banking information was entered
  • Missing completed W-9 Form (uploading blank documents)
  • Uploading another store W-9, not matching Tax ID
  • Leaving fields blank
  • Not checking if the information is for the retailer on the enrollment (entering an address/info for another store)

Note: Retailers can submit an enrollment through 8/15/22. When the reward amount reduction period ends, participating retailers will be given at least 30 days’ notice as provided on the program website.

Retailers must be registered with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) as a new vehicle retailer to be eligible to participate in the California Clean Fuel Reward. Note: Retailers can submit an enrollment through 8/15/22. When the reward amount reduction period ends, participating retailers will be given at least 30 days’ notice as provided on the program website.

Enrolled retailers will have access to training and job aids that cover how to file reward claims. All participating retailers are required to submit claims using the retailer web access portal. You will need to provide copies of the following documentation:

  • Purchaser’s driver license
  • Completed Vehicle Purchase Agreement
  • California Vehicle Registration/Title Application
  • Signed Customer Terms and Conditions Agreement

Note: The California Clean Fuel Reward amount will be temporarily reduced to $0 as of September 1, 2022.

We expect to reimburse most claims within ten (10) business days.

Retailers must submit a claim request within 45 days of the vehicle sale. Note: The California Clean Fuel Reward amount will be temporarily reduced to $0 as of September 1, 2022. The reward can be offered on sales of eligible vehicles through August 31, 2022. All claims must be submitted by October 15, 2022. No exceptions will be allowed.

Enrolled retailers gain access to several easy-to-use training resources. Managers will be able to share a library of fast-paced videos with their teams. Participants will learn how to identify eligible vehicles and present the reward, initiate a claim, and win over EV buyers by overcoming common objections. Training materials will be available from the retailer web portal (password required for enrolled participants) and include:

  • On-Demand Videos
  • Live and Recorded Webinars
  • Downloadable Job Aids
  • Text Message Communications

 

A Retailer Launch Kit that enables participating retailers to promote the benefits of the California Clean Fuel Reward to customers is available. It includes a Brand Style Guide that provides:

  • Program identity guidelines and logo
  • Brand typefaces and colors
  • Digital assets for website use
  • High-resolution assets for print advertising and signage
  • Email and social media templates

Participating retailers must complete a simple, step-by-step enrollment application with the following information and requirements:

  • Retailer Contact Information (General Manager, Signing Authority, and Accounts Receivable)
  • DMV Vehicle Dealer License Number
  • OEM Dealer ID
  • Tax ID
  • Bank Account Number
  • Routing Number
  • Bank Account Holder
  • Bank Name and Contact Information
  • Upload a Completed W-9
  • Upload a Signed Retailer Agreement

Upon completion and approval of the online enrollment application by the program implementer, the retailer will be supplied a User ID to enter while on the Program Website and will be prompted to set up a password. Note: Retailers can submit an enrollment through 8/15/22. When the reward amount reduction period ends, participating retailers will be given at least 30 days’ notice as provided on the program website.

Eligible retailers can submit an enrollment through 8/15/22. When the reward amount reduction period ends, participating retailers will be given at least 30 days’ notice as provided on the program website.

After the retailer’s enrollment is approved, your store will be added to the list of participating retail locations on the cleanfuelreward.com website. Listings will include retailer contact information plus a link to the retailer’s website.

Please contact the California Clean Fuel Reward Headquarters via info@cleanfuelreward.com or by phone at 1-800-880-0320. We’re available Monday through Saturday, from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time to answer any questions.