Program Overview

Learn about the steps you can take to replace your vehicle and receive funding.

Vehicle Replacement Process

Bay Area residents must complete an application to verify eligibility. If your application is approved, bring your current vehicle to an authorized dismantler for a pre-inspection to verify vehicle eligibility. While the Bay Area’s shelter in place orders are in effect, virtual pre-inspections are also available upon request. Dismantlers send copies of reports to the Air District, but grantees are required to keep copies of all program materials, including pre-and post-inspection reports.

If your vehicle passes pre-inspection and you sign the Terms & Conditions, you will receive an Award Letter to bring to an authorized dealership to purchase or lease a new or used plug-in hybrid, battery, or hydrogen fuel electric vehicle, OR get a pre-paid card for public transit or e-bikes. Cars purchased before the Award Letter date or from non-authorized dealerships are ineligible and will not be funded.

After you’ve replaced your vehicle, you must scrap your old vehicle at an authorized dismantler.

1. Eligibility & Apply
Complete an application to verify your eligibility
2. Pre-inspection
Bring your vehicle to an authorized dismantler to verify vehicle
3. Sign Terms & Conditions and Receive an Award Letter
If you meet the eligibility requirements you will be asked to read and sign our Terms & Conditions, then you will receive an Award Letter from the Air District
4. Buy or Lease a Replacement Vehicle or Collect a Pre-paid card.
Buy or lease a new or used plug-in, electric, or fuel cell vehicle
collect your Pre-paid card for public transit or e-bikes
5. Dismantle old vehicle
Turn in your old vehicle at an authorized dismantler

Grant Amounts

Your household income and the vehicle you choose will determine the amount of money you can receive from this program. You may also choose to turn in your old vehicle for a pre-paid card for public transit or e-bikes. Households of more than one person may purchase additional e-bikes with the $7,500 grant.

  • Plug-in Hybrid
    $5,500 - $9,500
  • Battery Electric and Fuel Cell
    $5,500 - $9,500
  • Mobility Options
    Up to $7,500
  • Optional Home Charger
    Up to $2,000

The average Clean Cars for All vehicle costs $28,000, and the average Clean Cars for All incentive is $8,500. The average loan financing for purchasing a replacement vehicle is $14,500. Additionally, up to $2,000 of funding is available for a Level 2 charger equipment and installation if you purchase a Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) or Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV). Find out more on the Home Charger page.

An additional $500 will be awarded to clean vehicle grantees that are enrolled in one of the following low-income programs:

  • Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) General Assistance
  • CalFresh/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • CalWORKS (TANF) or Tribal TANF
  • Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI)
  • Free or Reduced National School Lunch Program
  • Head Start Income Eligible (Tribal Only)
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • WIC - Women, Infants, and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program

This additional $500 is available for new applications only. Grantees that wish to make use of this additional funding must provide proof of enrollment within 90 days of application date. Grantees currently in progress who have not purchased a vehicle yet must reapply to get the plus up (this is due to a change in the application form).

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