Clean Cars

GRID Alternatives is helping families save money on transportation while improving air quality.

As part of GRID Alternatives’ vision of a transition to clean, renewable energy that includes everyone, we are part of a new initiative to make clean vehicles and other clean transportation options more accessible to the communities we serve.
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Clean Cars 4 All

Clean Cars 4 All is an incentive program offered to income qualified Sacramento residents, under a contract with the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District. The program provides grants to help residents retire their older vehicle and replace it with either a new or used zero- or partial zero-emission vehicle. This program offers residents two options:

  • “SCRAP & REPLACE” – Offers grants up to $9,500 to buy/lease a new plug-in hybrid electric, battery electric, or fuel cell electric vehicle or buy a used plug-in hybrid, battery electric, or fuel-cell electric vehicle. Participants may be eligible for an additional $2,000 in charging support.
  • “SCRAP & FORGET” – This option allows a participant to go "car-free", and receive up to $7,500 in value to use for car and bike sharing, public transit, or to buy an e-bike.

GRID Alternatives staff are here to walk interested residents through the application process, step-by-step. We are here to help you with the information you need to determine which vehicle and charging option is right for you. Once your application is approved, you will receive a grant letter to take with you to a participating dealership. The point of purchase amount will be immediately reduced by your grant amount. After you have purchased your replacement vehicle, you will have 14 days to retire your older vehicle at the dismantler.

How to Apply

Please Note: The application process for Clean Cars 4 All has not yet begun.  For program information and announcements, please visit Clean Cars 4 All.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more from a Case Manager, please contact our call center. The call center operates Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm PST. Case Managers are available to answer inquiries in English/Spanish. If you require ADA or other language assistance, please let us know so that we may best assist you.

Email: SacCleanCars@gridalternatives.org

Call Center: (855) 201-5626

Latinx woman at a Clean Cars for All event smiles in front of a car she is about to test drive

Air Quality and Climate Change

Car exhaust contaminates our air and contributes to climate change. Communities of color are disproportionately impacted by pollution from both gasoline consumption and gasoline production. In California, the transportation sector is the largest source of emissions, accounting for nearly 50 percent of emissions. Emissions and climate change impact underserved communities first and worst because they tend to live near busy roads and freeways, exposing them to dangerous levels of emissions. This exposure leads to higher rates of asthma, cancer, and other pollution-related illnesses, increased health costs and more missed school and work days.

Why transition to clean?

California has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. Cleaning up vehicle emissions is a huge part of meeting our goals.  Programs like Clean Cars 4 All help Californians, regardless of income, be a part of reducing air pollution in this State.  Underserved communities and residents living with low income are essential in accelerating clean vehicle adoption and can benefit the most from the clean air and cost-saving benefits they provide.

Fuel and Maintenance Savings

Drivers of battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles save money because electricity is significantly cheaper than gas. These cars also have fewer moving parts, requiring less maintenance than gas or diesel engines. In California, dollars saved at the pump by charging up on electricity stay in California and can create 16 times more jobs than money spent on gasoline. 

For additional information on electric vehicles, visit the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program.

*GRID Alternatives North Valley provides case management services for the Clean Cars 4 All program under a contract with the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District.