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.

Clean Vehicle Assistance Program

Clean Vehicle Assistance Program is a statewide grant program for California residents to purchase a new or used Battery Electric Vehicle, Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle, or Hybrid Electric Vehicle. The Clean Vehicle Assistance Program provides grants and affordable financing through Beneficial State Foundation.

Combining solar energy with an electric vehicle may help you save a lot more money each month than solar alone. Take advantage of the electricity generated by your solar system by replacing your gas-powered car with a reliable, efficient, and safe electric vehicle. If you are interested in our Energy For All Program, you may be eligible for an upsized solar system. Contact us for more details at ieoutreach@gridalternatives.org or call us at 951-465-2864.

If you are a homeowner that purchased a battery electric vehicle through Clean Vehicle Assistance Program, you may be eligible for a Level 2 charging station installation at no cost to you. Please contact evs@gridalternatives.org or call 855-283-4638 for more information on your eligibility for a charging station.

California Clean Vehicle Rebate Project

California Clean Vehicle Rebate Project is a statewide program that offers California residents up to $7,000 in rebates for the purchase or lease of a new Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle, Battery Electric Vehicles, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle, or Electric Motorcycle.

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Replace Your Ride

An applicant can receive up to $9,500 through the Replace Your Ride program by replacing their own older, high-polluting vehicle with a newer vehicle, upgrade to a hybrid or electric vehicle or get vouchers for car-sharing or public transit passes.

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. Clean cars are necessary to meet these goals. Underserved communities are essential in accelerating clean vehicle adoption and can benefit the most from the clean air and cost-saving benefits they provide.

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% 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.

Fuel and Maintenance Savings

Drivers of electric and plug-in hybrid 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. Low-income homeowners that qualify for GRID’s solar program can also enjoy free fuel for an electric or plug-in vehicle through our no-cost solar program.

For more information on electric vehicles and equity, visit The Greenlining Institute’s Electric Vehicles for All: An Equity Toolkit.

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