Electric Vehicle Offers and Rebates

Driving an electric vehicle reduces California Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions by as much as 80% per mile traveled. The UC Office of the President Sustainable Practices Policy strives for 4.5% of all commuter vehicles be zero-emission vehicles by 2025, and encourages commuters who drive to consider electric for their next vehicle purchase. In a short video, hear what local EV drivers have to say about their EV experience.

The offers and rebates shown below are for information purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of any of the listed products, services or programs.

Clean Vehicle Assistance Program

The Clean Vehicle Assistance Program provides grants and affordable financing to help low-income Californians purchase a new or used hybrid or electric vehicle, to make green vehicles more accessible and affordable to all who qualify. Grants to install home electric vehicle chargers are also available to eligible individuals who purchase a battery-electric vehicle. $2,500 grants are available for hybrids and $5,000 for electric vehicles is available to qualified individuals. Please see https://cleanvehiclegrants.org/ for more information. These grants cannot be stacked with the existing CA CVRP program funds.  

EV Dealership Offers

UCSC TAPS has negotiated the following limited duration special promotion(s) for UC Staff, faculty and students for the purchase or lease of an electric vehicle.


Nissan has extended the offer for UCSC faculty, staff, students and retirees to purchase the 100% electric, 2019 Nissan LEAF with up to a $3,500 Fleetail Rebate off MSRP, plus a potential Federal tax incentive of up to $7,500, through January 2, 2020. See the promotional flyer, or contact a local Nissan dealer for more information.


BMW is once again offering UCSC employees a $10,000 rebate on its i3 electric vehicle. Interested staff can view the current monthly incentives, model availability, restrictions, and Terms and Conditions here. To receive the rebate, fill out the form and select The Regents of the University of California or “NEPP3616” under “Company Information.” Upon submission, a customized certificate will be sent to the email address provided and can be redeemed at any authorized BMW or MINI dealer in the US. BMW may terminate this offer at any time.


Honda has extended their offer for UCSC faculty and staff to purchase the Honda Clarity, plug-in hybrid through March 31, 2020. See the promotion flier or contact a local Honda dealer for more information.


Be sure to bring the related promotion flyer, and your UCSC ID with you when visiting participating dealerships, and ask about the availability of Federal ($7,500) and State ($2,500) rebates to help lower the cost of your lease or purchase.

EV Rebates

The Monterey Bay Air Resources District (MBARD) frequently offers Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito County residents Clean Vehicle Rebates on purchases of qualified new and certified used EVs. More information is available here.

Monterey Bay Community Power is also offering special pricing and rebates for the purchase or lease of an electric vehicle for those living in the Santa Cruz, San Benito or Monterey Counties, See their website for more information.

PG&E is offering a $800 Clean Fuel Rebate to EV users within the PG&E Service Area. More information is available on their Clean Fuel Rebate for EV Fueling page.

Home charging equipment rebates and vehicle insurance discounts are sometimes available through the California Air Resources Board. Check their website for more information.

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