Clean Fuel Rebate frequently asked questions
Learn about the Clean Fuel Rebate
What is the Clean Fuel Rebate for electric vehicle customers?
The Clean Fuel Rebate comes from the State of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) program. The goal of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard is to reduce transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging the adoption of cleaner fuels, like electricity.
The Clean Fuel Rebate is a one-time rebate available to PG&E residential customers who have adopted cleaner transportation methods by fueling their vehicles with electricity.
Why is electricity considered a clean fuel?
Each mile driven using electricity from the grid today reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 70 percent compared to gasoline cars, and even more in future years as the grid gets cleaner. Smog-forming gases are reduced by over 85 percent and petroleum use is reduced by 100 percent.
Who can apply for the Clean Fuel Rebate?
PG&E residential customers who own a plug-in electric vehicle are eligible to apply for the Clean Fuel Rebate. A PG&E account holder may also apply on behalf of a vehicle owner in their household (or tenant in a multifamily household) with the vehicle owner’s permission. Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) customers are also eligible to apply.
What are the eligibility requirements?
- The applicant’s PG&E account must include active residential electric service.
- The vehicle, identified by its unique vehicle identification number (VIN), must be an eligible plug-in electric vehicle and must not have already received a Clean Fuel Rebate under the current owner or any previous owner.
- The applicant must have paid the vehicle's current registration fees and the vehicle must be registered in California to the address on the applicant’s PG&E account.
How much is the Clean Fuel Rebate?
The Clean Fuel Rebate amount is $500 through 2017. Future rebate amounts may be higher or lower than the current value and are subject to change at any time.
When can I apply?
The Clean Fuel Rebate is expected to be available through 2020. Electric vehicle owners may only receive one rebate per electric vehicle. Vehicle owners may decide when to apply for the Clean Fuel Rebate, noting that the rebate amount is subject to change and the program may end at any time.
How do I apply?
How do I apply on behalf of a member of my household (or a tenant) who owns an electric vehicle?
In order to be eligible for the Clean Fuel Rebate, the applicant must be the PG&E customer whose name appears on the PG&E account. If the PG&E account holder is not the registered owner of an electric vehicle, but a family member or tenant of a multifamily dwelling is, the account holder may apply on their behalf. The applicant will need to confirm the vehicle owner’s consent to apply for the rebate. If the application is approved, the rebate check will be issued and mailed to the PG&E account holder's name and mailing address.
What documentation do I need to submit with my application?
An applicant must submit either the vehicle registration card or the vehicle purchase or lease contract. The vehicle registration card is preferred; however, if the vehicle was recently purchased or leased and a registration card hasn't been received yet, an image or scan of the purchase or lease contract may be submitted.
How do I upload the documentation?
On the application form, select whether to submit a copy of the vehicle registration card or vehicle purchase or lease contract. For the vehicle registration card, scan or take a picture of the card and upload using the “Add Attachment” button on the application.
For a vehicle purchase or lease contract, scan or take a picture of the contract and upload using the “Add Attachment” buttons. For contracts that use long sheets of paper, divide the document into sections and take a picture of each section. Please make sure that each section overlaps, such that all information is included. The entire document can be uploaded in up to three separate attachments using the “Add Attachment” buttons with a maximum combined file size of 25MB.
What happens after I submit my application?
After an application is submitted, a confirmation email will be sent with an application number and a link to check the status of the application. Please save this email and application number for future reference.
The application will be reviewed, and a status update can be expected via email within 60 days. The status of the application can also be checked any time by clicking the link in the confirmation email.
If the application is approved, the applicant will receive their Clean Fuel Rebate check by mail. Checks will be mailed to the PG&E account mailing address.
Does PG&E need to know how much electricity is used for my electric vehicle?
No, the rebate amount is a flat amount for all approved or eligible applicants, regardless of how much electricity each applicant uses to fuel their vehicle. Applicants do not need to be enrolled in a PG&E EV Rate plan to receive the rebate.
What are the financial benefits of using electricity to fuel my vehicle?
Electricity is a low-cost fuel; it can be approximately a $1 per gasoline gallon equivalent when you charge during off-peak hours on one of PG&E’s electric vehicle rates.
Learn about the Low Carbon Fuel Standard
What is the Low Carbon Fuel Standard?
The Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) is a State of California program administered by the California Air Resources Board. The Low Carbon Fuel Standard is designed to reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by 10 percent below 2010 levels by 2020 by encouraging adoption of cleaner fuels.
How does the Low Carbon Fuel Standard work?
The LCFS requires a 10% reduction in the carbon intensity of on-road transportation fuels by 2020. The LCFS compliance targets become more stringent over time, requiring fuels to become increasingly cleaner to meet the 2020 goal. Producers of fuels whose carbon intensities exceed the targets (e.g. electricity and compressed natural gas) generate credits. Producers with deficits can meet their LCFS compliance obligations by reducing the carbon intensity of their fuels and by purchasing credits.
For more information, visit the California Air Resources Board's Low Carbon Fuel Standard website.
What is PG&E’s role in the Low Carbon Fuel Standard?
When PG&E sells electricity for use in electric vehicles or compressed natural gas (CNG) for use in natural gas vehicles, PG&E generates LCFS credits, because these fuels are both cleaner than conventional fuels, like gasoline or diesel. PG&E then sells these LCFS credits to regulated parties that need to meet the compliance target under the LCFS. PG&E returns the revenue from the sale of these credits to its EV customers and CNG customers through the Clean Fuel Rebate.
Does PG&E make money from the Low Carbon Fuel Standard?
No, PG&E returns the revenue from its LCFS credit sales, minus administrative costs of running the program, to qualified customers through the Clean Fuel Rebate. PG&E believes in supporting a cleaner California and voluntarily participates in the LCFS. By generating and selling credits from the clean electricity and compressed natural gas it dispenses and providing rebates, PG&E supports the LCFS program and provides a benefit for its customers.