Champions for Clean Air - SDG&E EV Rebate

Teachers and first responders play an invaluable role in shaping the minds of the future and keeping San Diego safe.  We’d like to celebrate their accomplishments and service by offering them a $1,000 point-of-sale rebate toward the purchase or lease of an all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle. This is in addition to the up to $10,000 in state cash rebate and federal tax credit incentives available.


How to Qualify

This $1,000 point-of-sale rebate is only being offered to teachers and first responders who reside and work in the SDG&E service territory.

Teacher Eligibility:

  • Must be a credentialed teacher in the State of California
  • Must be currently employed at an elementary, middle or high school in the SDG&E service territory
  • Must be able to show a recent paystub (3 months or less) verifying employment status
  • Household must be an SDG&E customer

First Responder Eligibility:

  • Must be currently employed as a police officer, sheriff, lifeguard, firefighter or emergency medical technician in the SDG&E service territory.
  • Must be able to show a recent paystub (3 months or less) verifying employment status
  • Household must be an SDG&E customer

How to Apply

  • Make sure you have the proper documentation, including a recent paystub and a copy of your SDG&E® bill. You will be required to upload this documentation into an online portal for verification.
  • Click “Apply” below and you’ll be taken to our partner site, Plug-in America, to fill out your application and upload your documentation.
  • Once you submit your application, it will be reviewed by Plug-In America, who will confirm your eligibility and provide you with a verification code to bring to the dealer.
  • We are encouraging each dealer in our service territory to participate. However, it is recommended that you call to confirm if your preferred dealer is participating. The rebate is being offered on a first-come, first-served basis and is good while limited funds are available.


Why are drivers making the switch to EVs?

The San Diego region is home to more than 25,000 electric vehicles. There are many reasons drivers are making the switch:

  • Lower fuel costs.
  • All-electric cars have fewer parts which result in no oil changes and less maintenance.
  • Clean fuel, clean air.  Since all-electric cars produce zero emissions, this helps reduce greenhouse gases and improve air quality.  This is in addition to 43 percent of our region's grid which is made up of renewable energy, with no coal.  

Incentives and Resources

  • State Rebate – Qualified low-income applications receive up to a $4,500 state rebate for the purchase or lease of an electric vehicle.  Others can receive up to $2,500 and are currently being waitlisted.
  • Federal Tax Credit – offers tax credits of up to $7,500.
  • Carpool Lane – drive in the carpool lane with just one person, apply here.
  • EV Time-Of-Use Rates – these rates can save you money if you charge during the cheapest times of night. 
  • Free Public Charging – Some manufacturers provide new customers with free charging for a period of time at select public charging stations.  Ask your dealer for details.
  • Annual Bill Credit – Sign up to get an annual bill credit from us for driving an electric vehicle. In 2017, EV drivers received $200 each from the EV Climate Credit Program.  Join our interest list here.
  • Charging your EV – click here to learn more about EV charging.

If you have any questions, please email