Wednesday, October 06, 2021

The Air District has relaunched its Clean Cars for All program with more than $8 million available for qualified residents to purchase a clean air vehicle. 

Spare the Air Status

The program provides up to $9,500 for income-qualified members of communities disproportionally affected by air pollution to retire older vehicles and replace them with a new or used hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric, or fuel cell vehicle, or get a transit card or e-bike. Additionally, up to $2,000 in funding is available for home-charging equipment and installation for purchasing a plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle.

The Air District launched the program in March of 2019 as part of a broad effort to make clean air vehicles affordable options for residents across the Bay Area. Equitable access to clean air vehicles also ensures that all residents benefit from lower fuel and maintenance costs as well as the improved driving experience.  The California Air Resources Board has recently awarded the Air District an additional $8.33 million to continue support for this program.

Participating residents may choose one of the following clean air transportation options to replace their 2005 or older vehicle that will be scrapped:

  • Electric Vehicles operate solely on their electric motor. Electric vehicle batteries recharge by plugging into an outlet or charging station.
  • Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles use hydrogen fuel and an electric motor instead of a gasoline engine.
  • 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.
  • E-bike or Transit Card that can be used for public transportation on 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. For more program details, information about how to apply, to complete an application, or to verify eligibility, visit

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Last Updated: 10/5/2021