California Hybrid/EV Laws & Incentives

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California Hybrid/EV Laws & Incentives



When you drive through California, it’s easy to appreciate the beautiful scenery and historic cities that surround the roadways. If you choose to cruise the California streets in a hybrid or electric vehicle, you can receive an array of benefits that will make your drives even more enjoyable. The state of California wants to reward their drivers for choosing an environmentally-friendly vehicle, which is why they offer incredible incentives for those who make the switch to a hybrid or EV. At Premier Hyundai of Seaside, you can choose from a variety of exceptional hybrid and electric vehicles. To learn more, give us a call or stop by our location near Pacific Grove, Gilroy, and Carmel-by-the-Sea.


Rebates are some of the ways in which California drivers can be rewarded for driving a hybrid or electric vehicle. The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP), for example, encourages drivers to make the switch to cleaner transportation by offering cash back on a new electric vehicle. If you meet the eligibility requirements, you may receive thousands of dollars back, depending on the type of vehicle you purchase.

The California Clean Fuel Reward, or CCFR, is another way to get money back on your hybrid or electric vehicle in California. If you are eligible, meaning that you purchased the vehicle from a participating retailer and you meet other requirements, you can receive an instant reward. The amount of the reward depends on your vehicle’s battery size.

HOV and HOT Roads

You can save time and money by driving a hybrid or electric vehicle in California once the DMV states that your vehicle qualifies as a Clean Air Vehicle (CAV). The DMV will provide you with either a green or white Clean Air Vehicle decal depending on your specific type of hybrid or EV. Once you qualify and you’ve received your CAV decal, you will be granted access to HOV lanes without restrictions. You may also have the ability to travel on High Occupancy Toll roads without having to pay a fee.

Access to Free Parking

Many cities in California, like Hermosa Beach, Santa Monica, San Jose, and Sacramento offer free parking opportunities for those who drive a fuel-efficient vehicle like a hybrid or EV. Take advantage of these free parking options so you can save some extra money. You can learn more about parking incentives in your city when you visit your local DMV.

Hyundai Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

You can take pride in your ride when you drive a Hyundai hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or electric vehicle. The Elantra Hybrid and the Tuscon Hybrid are two of Hyundai’s current hybrid vehicles. Hybrid vehicles are perfect for those who want a vehicle that combines the power of a gas engine and electric power. The Santa Fe Plug-In Hybrid offers similar benefits to a hybrid vehicle, except you can charge your battery by plugging it into a charging station. As for all-electric vehicles, Hyundai offers a couple of impressive options. The Kona Electric and the Hyundai Ioniq 5 are sure to impress with their electric performance and incredible range.