California State Tax Credits

California State Tax Credits

Are people still qualifying for the 2.5 K Calif. state credit? I know the fund is exhausting rapidly and was wondering if someone could update the current status.

dahtye | January 17, 2013

I just received my $2.5K check in the mail in late December. It took about 2 weeks to get the check once my purchase was validated and the rebate was approved.
I don't know where they stand in the amount remaining. The website should give you that information. It breaks down how much they have sent back in rebates, how much is "pending" and how much is remaining in the "kitty".

stevenmaifert | January 17, 2013

Website says there is still $4,871,279 uncommitted. If you've taken delivery on an 85kWh MS you can apply now. They are currently working on certification for the 60kWh.

SD Supercharger | January 17, 2013

@dahtye/ @stevenmaifert---Thanks. I will check the website for details---nice to know there is a good chance of receiving this rebate

stevenmaifert | January 17, 2013

@SD Supercharger - If the SD stands for San Diego, you can drop off the application and required documentation in person and save the mailing time. They are located at 8690 Balboa Avenue, Suite 100 in Kearny Mesa. Dropped mine off December 28.

SD Supercharger | January 17, 2013

SD does stand for San Diego. Thanks for the info--i think I will hand deliver like you.

tvntesla | January 17, 2013

I received the check for $2,500 less than 2 weeks after filing the online application. The turn around is very fast for a government agency.

shop | January 17, 2013

Gosh that's at least four things to do/get when you get the car. CA tax rebate, fed tax rebate, HOV lane stickers, and special electric rates (here in San Diego their time of day rate will save 30% off my electric bill). Anything else?

DTsea | January 17, 2013

There is no fed tax rebate. It's a tax credit, you declare it when you do your taxes for the year you buy the car. So not an action item you have to chase at purchase time.

shop | January 17, 2013

Oh wait, I remember someone saying something about being able to deduct cost of wiring garage for ev charging from tax bill. Anyone know about that?

DTsea | January 17, 2013

Yes, there is another tax credit for the cost of 'installing EV charging infrastructure.' It is form 8911. Credit is up to 30% of cost of charging station- but not sure if extended to 2013.

The purchase the car credit is form 8936.

nav66 | January 17, 2013

Could someone please post the website to go to for the California tax credit?

DTsea | January 17, 2013

Also in Washington state there is no sales tax on the car OR on the charging station.

djy | January 18, 2013

Here's the link to the CA tax rebate for Model S:

bbmertz | January 18, 2013

Note that the CVRP rebate is not a tax credit. Unlike the Federal EV tax credit where you must file your taxes to get the credit, the CVRP program just sends you a check when you fill out the application, I would be interested to know if there are any tax incentives which we would also be eligible for in CA, either related to the purchase of the vehicle or installation of a 14-50 garage outlet. Please post a link to relevant sections of the CA tax code/form if they exist.

Musterion | January 18, 2013

Tesla has a nice page that lists all EV incentives by state drop-down list. Here it is for California:

Musterion | January 18, 2013

Check out this thread

For charging infrastructure people are saying IRS form 8911. Fed and state programs are linked at the page I gave in my previous post.

stevenmaifert | January 18, 2013

The EV charging infrastructure tax credit expired in 2011. The Fiscal Cliff legislation brought it back retroactive for 2012 and current for 2013. See my post in the General section regarding delayed filing for these credits for 2012 due to IRS forms having to be updated. | January 18, 2013

Here's the direct CA link to check which vehicles are allowed with the rebate.

Note that 60KW owners cannot file yet, as it's not approved, but they are working on it (see the Tesla Model-S 85KW entry for the note about 60 KW model).

ofertel | January 19, 2013

Can you get this without having your license plate number yet?

stevenmaifert | January 19, 2013

Yes. The online application form only requires the VIN and date of purchase. You will need the final signed MVPA to submit as part of the documentation package you mail in after they send you the email with your processed PDF application.

Brant | January 19, 2013

Got the car 12/28 and submitted the online application the next day. Mailed the paperwork before the end of the year. Called yesterday and was told the money was approved 1/10 and I would recieve it no later than 60 days from approval but likely sooner.

dmunjal | January 21, 2013

Still no applicaton for the 60kWh car. I'm picking up this week and wondering if the funds will still be there.

Bdepersia | February 11, 2013

Anybody know if they plan on extending the CA state rebate to the 40kwh model?

DaveR75 | February 11, 2013

It exceeds all requirements for the program, so I think it is a safe assumption that it will be included at the $2500 amount. The bigger question is whether there will be funding remaining. I touched base with them last week and was told there is currently $3.2M available..(though from their website it looks like there's over $4M in "Pending" and "Reserved"...not sure if these totals are already removed from the "Remaining Funds" or not.)

The program director said that the CEC has publicly stated that they intend to contribute an additional $4.5M to the CVRP this fiscal year (though that hasn't happen yet)..If not, all applicants will be placed on a wait list and funded in application order as funds become available. Hoping they list the 40kwh version on the site soon after production starts.

RedShift | March 14, 2013


I just got my prelim approval for CA rebate yesterday and as part of signed docs, they are asking for a proof of new vehicle registration. First they say that if submitted within one year of purchase, it's acceptable, then they say all requested docs must be submitted within 14 calendar days of applying. SO how do I submit the vehicle registration?

(I am assuming Tesla will do it on my behalf, right?)

sidney_wang | March 14, 2013

@RedShift - you'll need to submit a copy of the temporary registration paper that comes with your car. That means you'll need to wait till the delivery of your car in order to complete the document submission process.

wraithnot | March 14, 2013

If I understand the process correctly, you can submit an application up to one year after you purchase the car. But once you submit the application on the web, you only have 14 days to send them the signed hard copy of the application and the other supporting documents (copy of final MVPA, copy of temporary registration Tesla will give you when you pick up the car, and proof of CA residency). If you miss the 14 day deadline, you have to submit another application.

I actually submitted my application the day the final MVPA was signed since I knew I was picking the car up in plenty of time to get the supporting documents sent by the 14 day deadline. I got my final approval email a few days, but will have to wait a bit more to actually get the check.

hnashif | March 14, 2013

I submitted the DMV form titled Application for New Vehicle Registration that was filled when I picked up the car from factory and got the final approval within 4 days. They accept the application for registration instead of the actual registration as long as the original application was within one year of purchase. Once you get prelim approval they reserve funds and hold it for two weeks. They need to get all final paperwork within that two week period.

RedShift | March 14, 2013

Ok thanks for all the responses. Since my delivery window is March 22nd to April 2nd,
I will have exceeded the 14 calendar days requirement. I will resubmit online application when I am about to pick up car.

DonS | March 15, 2013

You have to submit AFTER final purchase. Cannot submit future dates.

pmacafee | March 28, 2013

Do I understand correctly that I do not have to submit something about sealed batteries and battery warranty because of the type of vehicle?

cschock | March 28, 2013

@pmacafee that is correct, it is not needed for Tesla Model S.

models60 | April 11, 2013

I picked up my ModelS yesterday and completed the online application for California EV rebate. The email confirming my online application says "The California Center for Sustainable Energy will review your application and contact you within 3-5 business days."

Question for those who already got their rebate, should I wait for them to contact me before mailing them all the required documents?

JDPink | April 11, 2013

I picked my S up on 3/30, filled out the paperwork online on 4/1, got confirmation that the $2,500 was set aside for me on 4/4 and I mailed in the requested paperwork to receive the money on 4/10. My guess is that I'll get the money sometime in May but I hope it's sooner.

mika_ | April 11, 2013

@JDPink - Early May, perhaps. Mine took about a month to arrive.

stevenmaifert | April 11, 2013

@models60 - Wait for the second email as it will contain a PDF of your completed application that you will sign and mail in along with your documents.