Incentive Programs

SANDAG is working to help improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our region by making it easier for people to own and operate zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs).

Zero-Emission Vehicle Incentive Program

SANDAG is developing an incentive program to reduce the cost of buying a ZEV for residents in low-income and underserved communities in San Diego County.

Eligible ZEVs will be plug-in hybrid electric and all-electric cars, SUVs, pickup trucks, and minivans. These vehicles help reduce climate pollution in our region. They also save people money over time because they are cheaper to care for and fix, but they are more expensive to purchase than gas vehicles. Our incentive program will help many more people afford to buy or lease ZEVsespecially in historically under-resourced communities.

We are in the process of researching and designing this program, and we plan to launch it in 2025. 

EV Charger Rebate Program

SANDAG is committed to making electric vehicle (EV) charging affordable and accessible. We are working alongside other government agencies in California to promote the expansion of EV charging stations at workplaces and public parking areas. Our charger incentive program provides rebates to property owners who install publicly accessible charging stations throughout the region.

Our partnership with the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District and the California Energy Commission's California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP) has made great strides. The San Diego County Incentive Project provides $23.6 million to fund public charging stations at businesses, multifamily residences, school districts, and local government buildings in the region. The program opened in October 2020 and will end in mid-2025. As of April 2024, 56% of program funds have gone toward installations in low-income and disadvantaged communities. The program is no longer accepting new applications. For questions about either of these projects, contact