Find answers to frequently asked questions about the Driving Clean Assistance Program.

Am I eligible?

Eligibility is based on several criteria which includes the California county where you reside and qualifying household income, which is 400 percent of the federal poverty level. Check if you qualify by entering your gross income and county of residency.  (Click here to see if you are eligible.)

What is the process?

  • Inquire to begin application process
  • Complete your application
  • We’ll verify your income and other documentation please fax or email application and items on checklist to or 510-439-4898
  • Participate in financial education training
  • After completion and approval, purchase your clean vehicle

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What vehicles are eligible?

New or used hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or battery electric vehicles.  Used vehicles must be 8 years old or newer with less than 75,000 miles.

How much funding can I receive?

Up to $20,000 in low-interest Auto loans from  (Travis Credit Union or Beneficial State Bank) and up to $5,000 in grant funds from the State of California Air Resources Board.

Do I need to repay the grant?

Grants received do not have to be repaid however, there are conditions. Low interest loans will require repayment. Call the Driving Clean team for more information.

Can I go to any dealership?

To participate in the Driving  Clean Assistance Program, you must use one of our network of approved Franchised dealers. We have partnerships with specific dealers to ensure that our customers receive a fair price on the vehicle they select. We will provide a list of dealerships you can visit upon approval of your loan.

If I purchase an electric vehicle, can I get funding for a home charger?

If you purchase a Battery Electric Vehicle or Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle, up to $2,000 in additional grant funds are available for an at-home or portable level 2 charger. The eligible applicant must own the property where the charger will be installed or provide evidence from the property owner allowing the applicant to install and operate the charger.   We have partnered with GRID Alternatives to provide installation services for clients. (GRID Alternative’s website)

Can I submit more than one application?

No. Applicants can only submit one application for the Driving Clean Assistance Program.

How can I check the status of my application?

Applicants can check the status of their application by emailing us at or call us at 510-685-4303.

How do I receive my grant award?

Grant funds are paid directly to the dealership, on behalf of the grantee. You will need to bring your approval letter to an authorized Driving Clean Assistance Program dealership to begin the vehicle selection process.