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Celebrating the impact of our Clean Vehicle Assistance Program

The Clean Vehicle Assistance Program (CVAP) was launched in June of 2018 to make environmentally friendly vehicles accessible and affordable to Californians. Over the last six years, the program has provided grants and affordable financing to help income-qualified Californians purchase or lease a new or used plug-in hybrid, fuel cell, or electric vehicle. 

The California Air Resources Board funded CVAP as part of California Climate Investments to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, strengthen the economy, and improve public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities (DACs).

CVAP Impact 

Over the course of its operation, the program received 34,827 applications from qualified individuals. From 2018 to 2024, our team funded 5,016 vehicle grants, totaling over $25 million, distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Additionally, we established partnerships with over 450 new and used car dealerships across local, regional, and state levels.

By November 2023, CVAP had funded $5,825,270 in charging station solutions including: 

  • Issuing 389 Charge Cards for easier access to public charging
  • Providing 1,749 Charge Cards and Portable EV Chargers, blending convenience with mobility
  • Installing 883 EV Chargers, expanding the network of accessible charging stations
  • Adding 113 Portable EV Chargers, offering flexibility and ease for EV owners on the go

The program covered all of California, but the top five counties served were: ​

  • Los Angeles (30%, 1,483 grantees)​
  • Orange (14%, 703 grantees)​
  • San Diego (9%, 435 grantees)​
  • Riverside  (6%, 315 grantees)​
  • San Bernardino (5%, 260 grantees)

Check out more of our program data.

The Clean Vehicle Assistance Program enabled Beneficial State Foundation to invest considerably in the well-being of our California communities and environment. Through a combination of clean vehicle grants, charging station grants, and fair auto loan options, the program has helped people thrive while advancing environmental and social justice. We consider the achievements of the Clean Vehicle Assistance Program, and insights learned along the way, to be key contributors to a just transition where environmentally friendly vehicles are accessible and affordable to all.