Electric Vehicle Climate Credit
Nearly 7,000 SDG&E customers received a $200 credit for driving a clean vehicle in 2017. Customers who own or lease an all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle received the credit as part of the California Air Resources Board’s effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California.
In total, SDG&E distributed over $1.4M through the Electric Vehicle Climate Credit program. The program is closed for 2017 and will reopen again early next year. Join our 2018 interest list so we can notify you when the program is available.
If you applied for the credit in 2017 and you’re still driving an electric vehicle in 2018, you’re eligible to apply again. We’ll contact you when it’s time to apply.
Information about the program
The Electric Vehicle Climate Credit is part of a statewide greenhouse gas reduction program administered by the California Air Resources Board. The program is not funded by utility rates but by regulation meant to increase the adoption of clean-vehicle fuels such as electricity.
If you own or lease your electric vehicle, you'll be able to apply for the credit every year until the funding period ends in 2020.
Those who qualify will receive a credit on their SDG&E bill within two billing cycles of the program closing in 2018. This credit is only for electric vehicles registered at a residence, not for commercial fleets.
How to qualify
If you own or lease an all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle and you live in the area served by SDG&E, then you may qualify for the Electric Vehicle Climate Credit.
To apply, you'll need:
- A copy of your CA DMV registration card (or new vehicle dealer notice of temporary identification). This will have to be uploaded to your application. Click here to see examples of correctly captured images: DMV Registration Card Example
- To make sure you capture a clean image, before you take the photo, place the resgistration card on a flat, smooth surface with ample light on a dark background.
- The only form we will accept is your DMV registration. We will not accept titles, renewable notices, lease contracts and/or new registration forms without the address and name shown.
- Carts and motorcycles unfortunately do not qualify for this program
- To be the registered owner of the EV in the area served by SDG&E
- Your SDG&E residential account number (if applicable)
Join our interest list and we'll email you when applications open in early 2018.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to receive a credit?
Residential customers, both active and non-active account holders.
Which vehicles are eligible?
All-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are eligible.
How much is the credit?
The amount may fluctuate annually based on the number of participants. It can range from $50-$200 per vehicle.
Is this program only available this year?
This program is currently scheduled to go through 2020. Credits were offered in 2017, and will be offered again in 2018, 2019 and 2020. You'll have to enroll each year to get the credit.
When will I receive my credit?
You will receive your credit within two billing cycles of when the program closes.
What happens if I do not receive my credit?
Please contact us at 1-800-411-7343. For mailed checks, we can verify the mailing address and date check was issued.
What happens if my bill is significantly less than my bill credit?
The bill credit will continue to be applied to your bill until it’s used.
How can I check the status of my application?
The application process is divided into three phases: application window, review process and payment. You will receive notifications with updates throughout the process.
Why do I need to provide the last 4 digits of my social security number?
This information will help us confirm your SDG&E account information. If your preference is not to share this information, please print the online form, enclose the proper documentation and mail it to:
8306 Century Park Court, CP42F
San Diego, CA 92123-1530
Can I apply for all my plug-in electric vehicles if I have more than one?
Yes. Each vehicle will need to be submitted individually. If your total rebate exceeds $600, a member of the program team will follow up to have you complete a W-9 form.
Can I still apply although I missed the application window?
Unfortunately you cannot. Join our interest list for 2018.
Why do you need to know my charging level?
This information helps us to understand your charging needs.
Does my electric Motorcycle or Golf Cart qualify?
No, unfortunately the credits are only for plug-in electric cars.