Clean Fuel Rebate for Electric Vehicle FAQs


What is the Clean Fuel Reward for Electric Vehicle (EV) customers?

The Clean Fuel Rebate is available to SCE residential customers who own or lease eligible plug-in electric vehicles. 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.


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. 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


Why are there three rebates for each unique owner and/or lessee per Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)?

SCE allows up to three rebates for each unique owner and/or lessee over the lifetime of a vehicle’s VIN as a way to encourage our customers to adopt both new and used plug-in EVs.


Who can apply for the Clean Fuel 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. 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.
  • Your eligible plug-in EV has not received three Clean Fuel Rebates throughout its lifetime. Each plug-in EV, identified by its VIN, can qualify for the Clean Fuel Rebate up to three times over its lifetime, but only after a change of possession (i.e., new owner or lessee, as applicable). Each household may receive the Clean Fuel 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.
  • If you have multiple eligible EVs in your household, you may receive a rebate for each vehicle if you otherwise qualify.


How much can I earn through the Clean Fuel Rebate?

SCE’s Clean Fuel Rebate amount is $450 for vehicles purchased or leased prior to 1/1/2019 and $1,000 for vehicles purchased or leased on 1/1/2019 or later. Future rebate amounts may increase or decrease and are subject to change at any time.


When can I apply?

You may apply for the rebate as soon as you take possession of your eligible vehicle and receive your vehicle’s permanent registration card in the mail. The program is expected to be available until 2020. You may decide when to apply for the rebate. Please keep in mind, the rebate amount is subject to change, and the program may end at any time.


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 located at the upper right corner directly above your service address. 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.


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

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.

If your vehicle was purchased in a private-party sale, but you do not have possession of your Certificate of Title because payments are still left on a vehicle loan, please request a copy of your Certificate of Title from your loan servicer or bank. If the document you are providing is not a copy of your original Certificate of Title, but rather a document that lists your title information, please also provide an email or letter from your bank confirming this information is valid.


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.
  • 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:

  • Combine multiple pdf pages into one pdf document

  • 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 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, the Transfer Date on the new owner’s Certificate of Title will be considered the date of purchase.


    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 a 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 are the Terms and Conditions?

    1. To be eligible for the Clean Fuel Reward Program (Rebate), you must (i) be a customer of Southern California Edison (SCE) with an active residential electric service account; (ii) own or lease a qualified plug-in electric vehicle (EV) registered at an address corresponding to their SCE account; and (iii) have paid the current vehicle registration fees in the State of California. Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) and Direct Access (DA) customers are eligible for the rebate. Fuel cell vehicles, electric bikes, electric motorcycles, electric scooters and neighborhood vehicles are not eligible for the Rebate.
       
    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.
       
    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.