Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to frequently asked questions about the Clean Cars for All program.


Am I eligible?

To participate in Clean Cars for All, you must own a model year 1996 or older passenger vehicle, live in an eligible area, and have a qualifying household income, which is calculated based on 400 percent of the federal poverty level. Check if you qualify by beginning an application.

What is the process?

The first step is to complete an application to verify your eligibility. The second step is to bring your vehicle to an authorized dismantler to verify vehicle eligibility. Once you get approval for an award you can progress to the third step, which is to secure a loan though Beneficial State Bank or other authorized financial institutions. The fourth step is to purchase your new or used hybrid, plug-in, or electric vehicle OR get a Clipper Card. The fifth step is to turn in your old vehicle at an authorized dismantler.

What vehicles are eligible?

New or used hybrid, plug-in, or battery electric vehicles are eligible for purchase with Clean Cars for All program funds. Used vehicles must be 8 years old or newer. Applicants may also lease a new hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or battery electric vehicle.

How much funding can I receive towards a new vehicle?

Grants for hybrid electric cars range from $5,000-$7,000. Grants for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles range from $5,500-$9,500. Grants for battery electric vehicles range from $5,500-$9,500. Grants for alternative transportation (Clipper Card) range from $2,500-$4,500.

Do you offer financing?

Financing is provided through our lending partner, Beneficial State Bank. You may also get financing from other sources, but all loans must have an interest rate less than 16 percent to be eligible under this program.

Do I need to repay the incentive?

This is a one-time grant and does not need to be re-paid.

Can I use my Clean Cars for All program incentive at any dealership?

No. Our incentives can only be used at our network of approved dealers. We have agreements with approved dealers to ensure that customers are treated fairly. Any dealer may apply to be part of our program.

What do I need to bring to the dealership?

Bring your approval letter and your loan pre-approval letter to any approved dealer.

Can I get funding for a home EV charger?

If you purchase a new or used Battery Electric Vehicle, up to $2,000 of funding is available for an at-home Level 2 charger. The eligible applicant must own the property when the charger will be installed or provide evidence from the property owner allowing the applicant to install and operate the charger. This funding is paid on a reimbursement basis. Applicants are required to pay for the equipment and installation costs up-front – upon completion, award funding will be reimbursed to the applicant.

Do I need to pay taxes?

You are required to submit a W-9 to participate in this program. Funding from this program is required to be reported as taxable income.

What vehicle is best for me?

We want you to choose a vehicle that best fits your situation and your needs. My Green Car is an app that can help you find a vehicle that works best for you.

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