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RESIDENTIAL ELECTRIC VEHICLE REBATE PROGRAM

NEW!

SBCE is celebrating Earth Day by updating our EV Rebate Program. Starting April 22, 2024, standard rebates are between $500 and $1,000 depending on the vehicle. Income qualified customers can now receive a rebate up to $4,000!

REBATES

One (1) EV incentive for each SBCE account. EV purchases that received rebates in previous years of the Program are not eligible for incentives.

Incentive Levels

NEW  & PRE-OWNED VEHICLES

VEHICLE TYPE

Base Incentive

Tier 1 - CARE/FERA or Income Qualified (201-400% FPL)

Tier 2 - Income Qualified (<200% FPL)

Battery Electric

$1,000

$3,000

$4,000

Plug-in Hybrid Electric

$750

$2,250

$3,000

Electric Motorcycle

$500

$750

$1,000

ELIGIBILITY

Every Application 

Any member of the community who lives at a residence served by SBCE with an account in good standing is eligible to apply for the Electrify Santa Barbara - Residential Electric Vehicle Rebate. Each SBCE account is eligible for one electrical vehicle rebate.

 

  1. Vehicle(s) must be registered with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to an address enrolled in SBCE service.
     

  2. Vehicles must be one of the following vehicle types: Battery Electric Vehicles (“BEV”), Plug In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (“PHEV”), Electric Motorcycles (New only).
     

  3. Eligible used vehicles must meet the following requirements: Must be 8 model years old or newer (e.g., Year 2018 - 2025 or newer), less than 75,000 original miles, no modifications to chassis or emission control systems, clean Title (cannot be salvaged), no open recalls. (Closed recalls must show proof of repairs.)
     

Less than $80,000 in price, using the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP).

*If you have already received a rebate from SBCE prior to the Spring 2024 changes, you are not eligible for the new rebate.

How to Get an Income Qualified Bonus

There are two levels of Income Qualified Incentives available to residents, as defined below:

 

  1. Tier 1 incentive- Household Gross annual income is between 201-400% of the Federal Poverty Line (FPL).
     

  2. Tier 2 Incentive - Household gross annual income is at or below 200% of the FPL, equivalent to California Alternate Rates for Energy Program (CARE) or Family Electric Rate Assistance Program (FERA) eligibility.

To qualify, the applicant must meet the minimum income eligibility requirements in the Pre-Application Terms and Conditions and verify income status through one of the following methods:

 

  1. Applicant reports active enrollment in the CARE or FERA programs on the application (verified by SBCE).
     

  2. Applicant submits a redacted copy of the applicant’s most recent federal income tax return (Form 1040). SBCE considers an applicant’s most recent federal tax income return to be the one most recently required to be filed by the Internal Revenue Service.

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APPLICATION PROCESS

  1. Review your most recent bill to verify if “Santa Barbra Clean Energy Generation Charges” are included in the statement. If that’s present on your bill, you are an SBCE member and can continue with the process.

  2. Read through the 'Pre-Application Terms and Conditions'. Purchase or lease your electric vehicle.

  3. Submit your online application with all required documents.

  4. SBCE processes your application and will notify you of your application status.

  5. If approved, you will receive your rebate check in the mail!

Electric Vehicle Rebate

Pre-Application Checklist 

  1. You are an SBCE customer.

  2. You have the necessary documents to upload.

  3. Your vehicle was:

    1. Purchased after November 15, 2023 and

    2. Less than $80,000 in price, using the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP).

  4. You thoroughly read SBCE’s “Pre-Application Terms and Conditions” for the full eligibility breakdown.

Documents required for upload: 

  1. Car Registration (temporary is acceptable)

  2. A full copy of the sales/lease agreement

  3. Valid CA Driver’s license (current, not expired)

  4. Proof of income for qualified low-income applicants. If you are a CARE/FERA customer, you do not need to upload any documents for proof.

*Any submitted documents with confidential information will be destroyed after SBCE staff review.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: How do I know if rebate funds are available?

A: SBCE has allocated a limited amount of money for this rebate program. Once the funds run out, the online application will be suspended. Feel free to call 805-897-1979 to confirm that funds are still available.

Q: I bought my EV before April 22, 2024 - am I still eligible?

 

A: Yes! If your vehicle meets the requirements, you are eligible to apply.

Q: What is considered "date of purchase" for a vehicle that is ordered online?

 

A: The purchase date on the bill of sale will be the date to use for your application. The purchase date must be after November 15, 2023.

Q: I live with other renters. Can we all qualify for the EV rebate?

A: Right now, only one vehicle per SBCE account can qualify for the rebate.

Q: How long will it take to receive my rebate?

A: Please expect up to 45 days to process your application. If you receive an email confirming your rebate, your check will be delivered to the mailing address provided in your application within 45 days. For urgent inquiries, please email SBCEPrograms@SantaBarbaraCA.gov.

Q: How do I apply for a rebate?

A: Please click on the link below.

Q: How can I follow up on the status of my application?

A: After submitting the application, applicants will receive an automated email letting applicants know the application was successfully submitted. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application at each of the following stages via email:

1. Incomplete Application: Email requests documents, information, or both from the applicant to continue processing the application.

2. Denied Application: Email notifies the applicant that the application was denied because it did not meet the requirements of the program.

3. Application Approved: Email notifies the applicant that the application was approved, and a check will be delivered to the applicant's mailing address.

If you have any inquiries that were not addressed by these emails, please email Santa Barbara Clean Energy at SBCEPrograms@SantaBarbaraCA.gov.

 

Q: What if I don't have access to a scanner?

A: Please submit a complete, clear, and legible photo of your documents.  

Q: How will SBCE verify I am an income qualified applicant?

A: SBCE will use an internal system to determine whether you are already registered as a CARE or FERA customer. If you are not a CARE/FERA customer but you are enrolled in an Income Qualified Public Assistance Program and upload proof of enrollment, SBCE staff will verify your documents and determine your status from there.

Q: Why isn't my vehicle eligible for a rebate?

A: Used vehicles eight (8) years (Current Year 2025-2018 Used Vehicle Year Cap) or older are not eligible to receive a rebate.

Q: How many rebates can I receive?

A: Residential applicants are eligible for one EV rebate per SBCE account.

Q: What qualifies as an electric motorcycle?

A: Qualifying Electric Motorcycles include motorcycles or motor-driven cycles, according to the DMV under California Vehicle Code Sections 400, 12804.9(b)(4) and 405, 12804.9(b)(4), that require the applicant to obtain motor vehicle insurance, an M1 driver's license, and license plates for their electric motorcycle. The Electrify Santa Barbara Program does not provide incentives for Class 1, 2, or 3 electric bicycles, or the electric equivalent of a motorized bicycle, such as a moped.

Q: My used vehicle is involved in an open recall. Do I need to prove the defect has been fixed?

A: Yes, all eligible used vehicles in open recall must show proof of repair. For more information about the open recall for Chevy Bold EVs (2017-2022) and Bolt EUVs (2022), please visit: www.chevrolet.com/electric/bolt-recall.

Q: Do you offer a rebate for ebikes, charging infrastructure, panel upgrades...

A: For a full list of updated programs and incentives offered, please click the link below. As SBCE continues to grow, keep an eye out for more programs to come!

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