Champions for Clean Air electric vehicle rebate

Teachers and first responders play an invaluable role in shaping the minds of the future and keeping San Diego safe. We’d like to celebrate their accomplishments and service by offering them a $1,000 point-of-sale rebate toward the purchase or lease of an all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle. This is in addition to the up to $10,000 in state cash rebate and federal tax credit incentives available.

How to qualify

This $1,000 point-of-sale rebate is only being offered to teachers and first responders who reside and work in the SDG&E service territory.

Teacher eligibility

  • Must be a credentialed teacher in the State of California

  • Must be currently employed at an elementary, middle or high school in the SDG&E service territory

  • Must be able to show a recent paystub (3 months or less) verifying employment status

  • Household must be an SDG&E customer

First responder eligibility

  • Must be currently employed as a police officer, sheriff, lifeguard, firefighter or emergency medical technician in the SDG&E service territory.

  • Must be able to show a recent paystub (3 months or less) verifying employment status

  • Household must be an SDG&E customer

How to apply

  • Make sure you have the proper documentation, including a recent paystub and a copy of your SDG&E® bill. You will be required to upload this documentation into an online portal for verification.

  • Click “Apply” below and you’ll be taken to our partner site, Plug-in America, to fill out your application and upload your documentation.

  • Once you submit your application, it will be reviewed by Plug-In America, who will confirm your eligibility and provide you with a verification code to bring to the dealer.

  • We are encouraging each dealer in our service territory to participate. However, it is recommended that you call to confirm if your preferred dealer is participating. The rebate is being offered on a first-come, first-served basis and is good while limited funds are available.


Additional incentives and resources

  • State Rebate – Californians can get up to $7,000 toward the purchase or lease of a new electric vehicle. If you live in San Diego County, learn how you can get approved for this rebate before you buy or lease an EV. Qualification is dependent on household income. Learn more about the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (CVRP).

  • Federal Tax Credit – Get a new EV and a break on your taxes. Tax credit up to $7,500 based on battery capacity and tax rebate eligibility.  

  • Carpool Lane – Ease your commute! Some EV drivers can use the carpool lane as a single occupant. Apply for your stickers

  • EV Time-Of-Use Rates – Special EV pricing plans to charge EVs or qualified compressed natural gas fueling facilities.

  • Free Public Charging – Some manufacturers provide new customers with free charging for a period of time at select public charging stations. Ask your dealer for details.

  • Electric Vehicle Climate Credit – Customers who own or lease an all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle can apply for this annual bill credit. In 2018, over 13,500 SDG&E customers earned this credit. Program applications are no longer being accepted this year but will be returning sometime in 2019 (stay tuned.) 

  • Charging your EV –  Learn more about EV charging.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected].