Sign-Up Period Ends In One Week on May 31
Electric vehicle (EV) drivers in San Diego and southern Orange counties have one week left to apply for the EV Climate Credit – a utility bill credit that could amount to several hundred dollars for those who own or lease a plug-in hybrid or fully electric vehicle.
For the third consecutive year, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) will accept applications for the EV Climate Credit (sdge.com/evcc) through May 31, 2019. The bill credit will be applied to the energy bills of eligible SDG&E customers, starting in June.
The credit is part of a statewide program administered by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to fight climate change by encouraging EV adoption. There are nearly 36,000 EVs registered in SDG&E’s service territory. To date, more than 18,000 EV drivers have signed up for the EV Climate Credit.
Applying for the credit is easy. All you need to do is enter your SDG&E account number and DMV registration at sdge.com/evcc. The credit is available to SDG&E customers who drive plug-in electric vehicles that are registered to residents, and not commercial fleets.
The EV Climate Credit varies each year depending on the amount of revenues generated from the sale of carbon credits and the number of applicants for the credit. Last year, SDG&E distributed $500 to nearly 16,000 EV drivers who signed up for the program. This year’s credit amount will not 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.
When local EV drivers plug in their vehicles, they are charging with some of the cleanest energy in America, because today around 45 percent of the electricity delivered by SDG&E to homes and businesses comes from renewable sources, such as solar and wind. That is more than five times higher than the national average of about 8 percent.