EV Rebate Calculator

Are you interested in driving an electric vehicle (EV), but concerned about affordability? Maybe you’ve heard that there could be tax credits and rebates available to you but don’t know where to start? USGBC California has partnered with Net Zero Accelerator startup Incentivize – to offer our community a user-friendly tool that calculates all of the relevant federal, state, local, and utility programs available to your household to purchase a new or used electric vehicle and charger of your choice. Let’s make EV rebates easy!

The widespread adoption of EVs plays a crucial role in mitigating climate change and promoting a cleaner, more sustainable transportation system. EVs improve local air quality by reducing tailpipe emissions of particulate matter, which typically causes a variety of public health issues in urban environments, such as elevated asthma rates. Additionally, as California’s electricity grid continues to transition to renewable energy sources like wind and solar, EVs contribute to lower greenhouse gas emissions over their lifetime compared to gasoline-powered cars.

The suggested retail price or MSRP of EVs can be higher than that of vehicles that run on fossil fuels, however, that is changing as more and more affordable EV models are coming onto the market. Moreover, the upfront cost for EVs can be reduced substantially by various governmental incentives and rebates worth thousands of dollars. The Incentivize Rebate Calculator will help you to learn exactly which incentives you are eligible to use for whichever EV you like.

Owning an EV means never buying gas again and enjoying the cheaper price of electricity per mile compared to gasoline or diesel fuel. EVs are also built with fewer moving parts than internal combustion engine vehicles, resulting in reduced maintenance costs and longer lifespans. Lastly, California’s stringent emissions regulations make EVs an attractive choice for buyers looking to avoid potential restrictions on gasoline-powered vehicles in the future.

A common concern with EVs is range anxiety, the fear of running out of battery charge before reaching your destination or a charging station. While this was a significant issue in the early days of adoption, EV charging infrastructure continues to expand rapidly – especially in California. Battery technology has also advanced significantly to improve the range of EVs, with many models now offering over 300 miles on a single charge, and some even now offering over 500 miles in range.

The robustness of the used EV market in California makes purchasing a used electric vehicle particularly affordable and advantageous. The state’s commitment to reducing emissions and promoting clean energy initiatives has led to multiple generations of EVs on the road, which provides buyers with a wide range of pre-owned options to choose from and helps maintain their value over time.

EVs offer a smoother, quieter, and more powerful driving experience, with instant torque providing responsive acceleration. 

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