Some 14,000 electric vehicle drivers in San Diego and Southern Orange counties have applied for the EV Climate Credit. Have you?
This is third year that we are offering the bill credit to our customers, who own or lease a plug-in hybrid or fully electric vehicle. There are nearly 36,000 EVs registered in SDG&E’s service territory.
The deadline to apply is May 31, 2019. This weekend, take a few minutes to fill out a short application at sdge.com/evcc. Be sure to have your SDG&E account number and DMV registration card handy.
Please note the EV Climate Credit is available only to current owners of plug-in electric vehicles in SDG&E’s service area that are registered to residents, and not commercial fleets.
A bill credit will be applied this summer, starting in June.
How Much is the EV Climate Credit?
The EV Climate Credit varies each year depending on the amount of revenues generated from the sale of the carbon credits and the number of applicants for the credit.
Last year, SDG&E distributed about $7.8 million or about $500 each, to about 16,000 EV drivers who signed up for the program.
What the amount will be this year won’t be determined until the registration period for the EV Climate Credit has closed and the final receipts for the sale of the low-carbon fuel credits have been tabulated.
Why Does the EV Climate Credit Exist?
The EV Climate Credit is part of a statewide program administered by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to fight climate change by encouraging EV adoption.
Currently, tailpipe emissions associated with conventional cars represent the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in California. Electric vehicles, on the other hand, produce zero or low emissions.
When local EV drivers plug in their vehicles, they are charging with some of the cleanest energy in America, because today around 45% of the electricity delivered by SDG&E to homes and businesses comes from renewable sources, such as solar and wind. That’s more than five times higher than the national average.