Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Air District is inviting Bay Area residents to apply for the Clean Cars for All grant program which provides up to $9,500 for low-income members of communities disproportionately affected by air pollution to retire older vehicles and replace them with a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or electric vehicle, or get a Clipper Card for public transit.

Spare the Air Status

The Air District launched this new program as part of a broad effort to make sure that clean air vehicles are affordable options for residents across the Bay Area. Equitable access to clean air vehicles also ensures that all Bay Area residents benefit from lower fuel and maintenance costs as well as the improved driving experience.

Residents may choose one of the following clean air transportation options to replace their scrapped vehicle:

  • Electric Vehicles operate solely on their electric motor. Electric vehicle batteries recharge by plugging into an outlet or charging station.
  • Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles combine an electric motor with a gasoline engine. Plug-In Hybrid batteries are recharged by the gasoline-powered motor during braking and by plugging into an outlet or charging station.
  • Hybrid Electric Vehicles combine an electric motor with a gasoline engine. These vehicles cannot be "plugged-in" to be "recharged.” The gasoline-powered motor also acts as a generator to recharge batteries on hybrids.
  • Clipper Card can be used for public transportation on all major Bay Area transit systems.

Applicants must live in a designated, eligible community in the Bay Area and their household income must fall under a specified limit based on their household size. Furthermore, the vehicle to be scrapped must be model year 1996 or earlier. Bay Area residents may check the program website or complete an application to verify their eligibility for the program.

The average clean vehicle costs $22,000 and the Clean Cars for All incentive ranges from $2,500 to $9,500. The amount of money received from the Clean Cars for All program is based on the household size, income and the choice of replacement vehicle. The average loan financing for purchasing a replacement vehicle is $14,500. Additionally, up to $2,000 in funding is available for home charging equipment and installation for purchasing a plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle.

For more information about how to apply or to find out more about Clean Cars for All, visit

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Last Updated: 4/30/2019