Clean Fuel Rebate for Electric Vehicle FAQs

The Clean Fuel Reward Program is Ending

Apply now! Applications for the Clean Fuel Reward Program may be submitted until December 31st, 2020 at 11:59pm PST. Any applications submitted after this time will not be eligible. For additional information, you may visit the Clean Fuel Reward Program FAQ page. Note: If you received the California Clean Fuel Reward point-of-sale rebate, you are not eligible for this SCE rebate.


What is the Clean Fuel Reward Program and when is it ending?

The Clean Fuel Rebate is available to SCE residential customers who own or lease eligible plug-in electric vehicles. The last day to apply for the Clean Fuel Reward Program is December 31st, 2020 at 11:59pm PST. Any applications submitted after this time will not be eligible. Recipients of the California Clean Fuel Reward point-of-sale rebate are not eligible to also receive the Clean Fuel Reward Program post-purchase rebate for the same vehicle.

Funding comes from the State of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) program. The program encourages our customers to reduce transportation-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by encouraging them to adopt cleaner fuels, like electricity.


Why is electricity powering EV considered to be clean fuel?

Electricity is a low-cost fuel. It can be equivalent to approximately a $1 per gallon of gasoline when you charge during off-peak hours on one of SCE’s EV rates.


What are the benefits of using electricity to fuel my vehicle?

Driving an EV helps you reduce your carbon footprint by reducing your exhaust emissions. In fact, EVs cut carbon emissions by up to 70%, and they will continue to get even cleaner. EVs dramatically lower smog and greenhouse gases—even factoring in the emissions from production, distribution, and the generation of electricity.


I have an active application, but I have not yet received my rebate check. What happens after the program ends on December 31st, 2020?

All applications successfully submitted by December 31st, 2020 at 11:59pm PST will stay active so long as all required documents are submitted within the provided timeframes. We highly suggest you verify that your application submitted successfully by confirming that you received a confirmation email containing your application number (S-XXXXXX) to your application email address. The Clean Fuel Reward Program team will continue to review rebate applications submitted in 2020 and be available for any questions through 2021.


How many times can I receive the CFRP rebate?

Each current SCE customer can receive one CFRP rebate per eligible vehicle, unless the unique VIN for an eligible vehicle has already been rebated three times by previous owners. SCE allows each vehicle to receive up to three rebates over the lifetime of a vehicle’s VIN, but each unique owner or set of joint owners and/or lessee(s) may only rebate a specific vehicle once.

The California Clean Fuel Reward point-of-sale rebate will count toward the maximum of three rebates per unique VIN. Allowing a vehicle to be rebated up to three times is a way for SCE to encourage customers to adopt both new and used plug-in EVs


Can I receive both the Clean Fuel Reward Program (CFRP) rebate and the California Clean Fuel Reward (CCFR) point-of-sale rebate for the same vehicle?

The original registered owner of a new vehicle that receives the California Clean Fuel Reward rebate at the point-of-sale through the dealership cannot also receive the SCE’s post-purchase Clean Fuel Reward Program rebate for that specific vehicle.


How do I know if I received the California Clean Fuel Reward point-of-sale rebate?

If received, the California Clean Fuel Reward (CCFR) would have been applied to the amount paid at the dealership when purchasing or leasing a new eligible electric vehicle. If you are unsure, we suggest you reach out to the California Clean Fuel Reward (CCFR) rebate team or your dealership to confirm if you received the CCFR rebate at the point-of-sale of your vehicle. You may reach the CCFR rebate team by emailing info@scecleanfuelreward.com or calling 1-800-880-0320.


Who can apply for the Clean Fuel Reward Program rebate?

You may apply for the rebate if:

  • You are a customer of Southern California Edison (SCE) with an active residential electricity account in SCE’s service territory and you have successfully submitted an application no later than December 31st, 2020 at 11:59pm PST. Note: Vehicles must be registered to individuals. Vehicles registered to businesses are not eligible
  • You own or lease an eligible plug-in vehicle listed on the HOV Eligibility List. Fuel cell vehicles, electric bikes, electric motorcycles, electric scooters and neighborhood vehicles are not eligible for the rebate, despite their inclusion on the HOV Eligibility List.
  • The vehicle, identified by its unique Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), is registered at the same residential address as the address on your SCE electric service account. Note: your vehicle must be registered to the address associated with the SCE Service Account Number provided in your application. The SCE Service Account does not need to be in your name.
  • You have paid the current vehicle registration fees in the State of California and are able to submit a digital copy of your permanent vehicle registration and purchase or lease contract. Please refer to the Sample Supporting Documents for examples of accepted documents.
  • The full name you enter on the application must exactly match the full name on the vehicle's permanent registration.
  • You are able to submit an executed and signed vehicle purchase/lease agreement.
  • You agree to maintain ownership of the vehicle in California for a minimum of 20 consecutive months immediately after the vehicle purchase or lease date. Lease terms of at least 20 months are required for program eligibility.
  • Your eligible plug-in EV has not received three Clean Fuel Reward rebates throughout its lifetime. Each plug-in EV, identified by its VIN, can qualify for up to three Clean Fuel Reward rebates over its lifetime, but only after a change of possession (i.e., new owner or lessee, as applicable). The California Clean Fuel Reward point-of-sale rebate will count toward the maximum of three rebates per unique VIN. Each household may receive a Clean Fuel Rewards rebate only one time for an EV, but if you transfer ownership, the new owner (or lessee, if applicable) will qualify for a rebate – as long as the new owner or lessee meets the other eligibility requirements and the vehicle has not reached the maximum of three rebates associated with the EV.
  • You have not received the California Clean Fuel Reward (CCFR) point-of-sale rebate for the submitted vehicle. If you have previously received the California Clean Fuel Reward (CCFR) rebate at the point-of-sale, you are not eligible to also receive the Southern California Edison Clean Fuel Reward Program post-purchase rebate.
  • Your household has not already submitted applications for and received three Clean Fuel Reward rebates in the current calendar year (Note: Both the Clean Fuel Reward Program and California Clean Fuel Reward rebates count toward the total of three Clean Fuel Reward rebates). Each SCE service account may not receive more than three Clean Fuel Reward rebates per calendar year. If you have multiple eligible EVs in your household, you may apply to receive a rebate for each vehicle (up to three vehicles per calendar year).


What is considered my date of purchase/lease?

The contract date on the purchase/lease agreement will be considered the date of purchase/lease. If you have not taken possession or delivery of your vehicle by the contract date, the delivery date will be considered the date of purchase/lease. If the vehicle was purchased in a private-party sale from an individual, the Transfer Date on the new owner’s Certificate of Title will be considered the date of purchase.


When can I apply?

You may apply for the rebate as soon as you purchase or lease and take possession of your eligible vehicle. The last day to apply for the Clean Fuel Reward Program is December 31st, 2020 at 11:59pm PST. Any applications submitted after this time will not be eligible.


Can I apply on behalf of a member of my household, or a tenant, who owns an EV?

No – the person who applies for the rebate must be the same person whose name appears on the vehicle registration form.


Where do I find my Service Account number?

You can find your Service Account number on the first page of your paper bill. It is typically located at the upper left corner directly above your service address or in the “Summary of your billing detail” section on page 1 or 2 of your bill. Your Service Account number always begins with the number “3” followed with nine digits in this format: 3-XXX-XXXX-XX.

If you have opted for paperless bill, you can find your Service Account number on your SCE online account site MyAccount. After logging onto MyAccount through www.sce.com/myaccount, click on Billing & Payments in the left navigation panel and click on View Bill to see your bill in PDF.

If you have opted for a bank bill pay option, you will not have the ability to view your bill online in a PDF. However, you can still find your Service Account number on MyAccount. After logging onto MyAccount through www.sce.com, click on My Account on the top menu bar and then click Services in the left navigation panel, your Service Account number is under the Service Account Information section.

You can differentiate your Service Account number from your Customer Account number because your Service Account number always begins with the number “3” followed with nine digits in this format: 3-XXX-XXXX-XX. Your Customer Account number always begins with the number “2” followed with nine digits in a different format: 2-XX-XXX-XXXX.


What documents do I need to submit?

After submitting your application form online, you will be asked to upload a scanned copy or an image of your permanent vehicle registration and your purchase or lease agreement. If your vehicle was purchased from a private seller, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Title (pink slip) in place of an agreement. Please refer to the Sample Supporting Documents PDF for examples of accepted registration copies.

Important: The last day to apply for the Clean Fuel Reward Program is December 31st, 2020 at 11:59pm PST. Any applications submitted after this time will not be eligible. We recommend you submit your application once you purchase or lease and take possession of your eligible vehicle, even if you have not yet received your registration card or purchase or lease agreement. Applications submitted by December 31st, 2020 at 11:59pm PST will receive 60 days from their application date to submit both the permanent registration card and the purchase or lease agreement.


What document do I submit as a purchase agreement if I purchased my vehicle from a private seller?

If your vehicle was purchased from an individual in a private-party sale, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Title (pink slip) in place of an agreement.

If the vehicle was purchased from an individual in a private-party sale, but a lienholder (bank or credit union) holds the Certificate of Title, the Electronic Lien and Title document from your bank or credit union and your signed loan agreement from your lienholder must be submitted.


How do I submit my supporting documents?

Easy Online Upload:

  • Log in with your application ID and password.
  • View our Sample Supporting Documents PDF for examples of accepted documents.
  • Select the "Choose File" button and select the intended document from your device.
  • Click the "Submit" button.
  • Repeat for each document slot.

Important: The last day to apply for the Clean Fuel Reward Program is December 31st, 2020 at 11:59pm PST. Any applications submitted after this time will not be eligible. We recommend you submit your application once you purchase or lease and take possession of your eligible vehicle, even if you have not yet received your registration card or purchase or lease agreement. Applications submitted by December 31st, 2020 at 11:59pm PST will receive 60 days from their application date to submit both the permanent registration card and the purchase or lease agreement.

If an incorrect or incomplete document is submitted, you will have the opportunity to resubmit and include additional documents once your application is reviewed. We are not able to review your documents before your application is formally processed.

Each supporting document must be in a single file. We accept PDF, JPG, and PNG files. Please make sure your files are not uploaded sideways. If you have more than one page for a supporting document, here is a way to combine multiple files into one document:


My application has been approved. When will I receive my rebate check?

The Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) implements the Clean Fuel Reward Program on behalf of Southern California Edison. CSE has instated a work from home policy for all employees due to increasing concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19. Delays in mail processing and check issuance may occur. You will receive an email once your check is placed in the mail.


What happens after I submit my application?

After you submit your application, we’ll send you a confirmation e-mail containing your application number and a link to a website where you can check your application status. Please save this e-mail and application number for future reference. You may also check your application status any time by clicking the link in your confirmation e-mail. When your application is approved, we will send your Clean Fuel rebate check to your mailing address on your application.


I’m not getting your emails. Where are they?

If you do not receive an email within 15 minutes after submitting your application form or a link to create/reset your password, please check your Spam / Junk / Bulk mail folder. To ensure the future delivery of emails associated with your application, add info@scecleanfuel.com to you address book or safe senders list.


What electricity rate plan is best for an EV driver?

Your home, household size, schedule and lifestyle all play a part in determining your electricity needs. If you have an EV or other clean energy technology such as a residential battery or electric heat pump (water or space heating), the TOU-D-Prime rate may be the best fit for you. The TOU-D-Prime rate offers our lowest off-peak rates and is designed exclusively for high-energy use households with an EV or other clean energy technology. Go online to decide what rate plan works best for you and sign up at www.sce.com/rateplantool.


What is the new TOU-D Prime rate?

SCE's new TOU-D Prime rate is a Time-of-Use (TOU) rate plan that may help you save based on the time of day you charge your EV. TOU-D Prime can help you keep costs down, if you charge your EV at home between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and avoid using energy between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. For Details, visit www.sce.com/rateplantool.


Who is eligible for TOU-D Prime, and how can I sign up?

You're eligible for TOU-D Prime if you:

  • Own or lease an EV
  • Have an energy storage system at home
  • Have an electric heat pump for water or space heating at home

You must be able to confirm you own or lease one or more of these technologies to qualify.

To find out if TOU-D Prime is a good fit for your household, visit www.sce.com/rateplantool or call 1-800-655-4555.


What was the Charge Ready Home Installation Rebate Pilot and why did it end?

The Charge Ready Home Installation Rebate Pilot was a Southern California Edison (SCE) one-year pilot program for eligible residential customers interested in installing a new circuit, panel, or meter socket to charge their EV. The last day to apply for this pilot was May 31st, 2019 at 5PM PST. No new applications can be submitted at this time.

You can stay up-to-date on current SCE resources or incentives for electric vehicle owners at https://www.sce.com/residential/electric-vehicles.


What are the Terms and Conditions?

  1. To be eligible for the Clean Fuel Reward Program (Rebate), applicants must:
    1. Successfully submit an application no later than December 31st, 2020 at 11:59PM PST.
    2. Be a customer of Southern California Edison (SCE) with an active residential electric service account. Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) and Direct Access (DA) customers are eligible for the rebate.
    3. Own or lease a qualified plug-in electric vehicle (EV) registered at an address corresponding to their SCE account. Fuel cell vehicles, electric bikes, electric motorcycles, electric scooters and neighborhood vehicles are not eligible for the Rebate.
    4. Have paid the current vehicle registration fees in the State of California.
    5. Have not received the California Clean Fuel Reward (CCFR) rebate at the point of sale or lease of the vehicle submitted on this application. Vehicles that receive the CCFR rebate at the point of sale or lease are not eligible for Clean Fuel Reward Program as a new vehicle.

  2. For applications submitted on July 12th, 2019 or later, applicants must:
    1. Agree to maintain ownership of the vehicle in California for a minimum of 20 consecutive months immediately after the vehicle purchase or lease date. Lease terms of at least 20 months are required for program eligibility. If the lease agreement submitted does not have a minimum lease term, the vehicle is not eligible for the Clean Fuel Reward Program unless applicant can provide other proof, acceptable to SCE, that it will own or lease the vehicle for at least 20 months.
    2. Agree to maintain registration of the vehicle with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in the name of the applicant for a minimum of 20 consecutive months from the vehicle purchase or lease date.
    3. Agree to return all or a pro rata share of the Rebate amount to the Clean Fuel Reward Program if applicant does not retain the lease/ownership of the vehicle registered in the applicant’s name for the entire 20-month period.

  3. Beginning July 12th, 2019, a single SCE service account may not receive more than three Clean Fuel Reward Rebates per calendar year.
    1. All Rebates received in 2019, even if the application was submitted prior to July 12th, 2019, count toward the Rebate limit of three Rebates per service account per calendar year.
    2. An SCE service account is an account at the same address with the same SCE service account number. Please note: On a case-by-case basis, and at SCE’s sole discretion, SCE may provide an exception for multi-unit dwellings.
       
  4. Up to three owners and/or lessees, as applicable, of a single qualified EV, identified by its unique Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), may receive the Rebate over the lifetime of the EV. Each Rebate on the same vehicle must correspond to a new owner or lessee, with a different residential address, evidenced by the information on the vehicle registration card. Applicant agrees not to apply, or to cause anyone else in his or her household to apply, for more than one Rebate for the same EV. The California Clean Fuel Reward (point-of-sale rebate) will count toward the maximum of three rebates per unique VIN.
     
  5. The current Rebate amount is set forth on the application. Rebate amounts are subject to change at any time and may be greater or less than the current value posted in the application in the future. Rebate funds are limited and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
     
  6. If the customer name entered on the application does not match the name shown on the vehicle registration card exactly, SCE may edit the applicant’s name to match that on the vehicle registration card.
     
  7. Incomplete or incorrect applications will not be processed. Applications must include all required information, including documentation of vehicle purchase/lease, vehicle registration, and registration fees paid.
    1. If a vehicle was purchased in a private-party sale, applicant must submit a Certificate of Title listing the new owner's information.
    2. A registration for a Planned Non-Operational (PNO) vehicle is not acceptable to meet this requirement.
    3. Important Note: The name and address on the Application must match exactly the name and address of at least one person listed on the vehicle registration card, or your application may be rejected.
       
  8. The Rebate and the terms and conditions regarding this application are subject to change, and the Rebate can be terminated at any time by SCE and/or the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Any information provided in this application may be used internally by SCE for purposes other than processing the application and may be made available to the CPUC and the California Air Resources Board.
     
  9. You authorize SCE to send you email messages related to your application. You: (i) acknowledge that you are the authorized user of the email address provided in the application; (ii) grant SCE express permission to send emails related to your application to that email address until such permission is expressly revoked by you; and (iii) notwithstanding that this email address may be on the federal or a state's Do Not Contact list, acknowledge that such emails sent by SCE shall not be in violation of any Do Not Contact list(s)
     
  10. You certify that the information provided in your application is true and correct, and you understand that if any of the information provided is discovered to be false, you agree to pay back any Rebate paid to you by SCE, and you understand that you may be subject to other penalties, as permitted by law. SCE may request additional documentation from you to confirm the accuracy of the information you provide and your eligibility for the Rebate.
     
  11. The Rebate payment shall go directly to the customer listed on the application. Payment cannot be assigned or transferred. Applicant is responsible for paying all tax liability imposed as a result of receiving the Rebate. Applicant should consult a tax advisor concerning the taxability of the Rebate, and SCE is not responsible for any taxes imposed on Applicant as a result of receipt of the Rebate.
     
  12. SCE makes no representations, expressed or implied, regarding the design, construction, reliability, efficiency, performance, operation, maintenance, or use of any vehicle, discussed, selected, rejected, purchased/ leased or otherwise considered by customer. Any decisions regarding the selection, design, purchase/lease, use and operation of any vehicle shall be at the sole discretion and are the sole responsibility of the customer. SCE does not guarantee energy or bill savings as a result of this Rebate.
     
  13. Release and Indemnification: Applicant agrees to release and hold harmless SCE, its officers, directors, shareholders, employees and contractors from and against any and all causes of action, damages, losses, claims, expenses, demands, costs (including attorneys’ fees and expenses and all court, arbitration or other dispute resolution costs), or any of them, resulting from, arising out of, or in any way directly connected with this Program, Applicant’s receipt of the Rebate, failure to receive the Rebate, any taxes associated therewith, or Applicant’s vehicle registration or registration status. SCE makes no representations or warranties regarding whether Applicant will or will not qualify to receive the Rebate.