Drive an EV? You May Be Eligible for $50-$200 Climate Change Credit

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Owners of the San Diego region’s 27,000 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles can sign up for a credit of $50 to $200 on their electric bills again this year.

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Applications for San Diego Gas & Electric‘s electric vehicle climate credit will be accepted through May 31 as part of a statewide program administered by the California Air Resources Board to fight climate change.

“With each mile driven using electricity instead of gasoline, EV drivers are helping to cut air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions,” said Linda Brown, senior director of clean transportation at SDG&E. “In the San Diego region, it’s exciting to see the growing number of residents switching to either zero-emissions or near zero-emissions vehicles. Together, we are building a more sustainable future.”

Last year, SDG&E distributed about $1.4 million in credits, or about $200 each, to some 7,000 EV drivers who signed up for the program.

The amount of the credit varies each year, depending on the number of applicants and amount of funding available. This year, the credit is expected to average between $50 and $200.

Owners can sign up for the credit at sdge.com/evcc. You will need your SDG&E account number and DMV registration card to sign up. The credit will be applied this summer, starting in June.

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