Model X qualifies for California's HVIP Voucher Program? (25k off purchase price before purchase)

Model X qualifies for California's HVIP Voucher Program? (25k off purchase price before purchase)

After reading that the Model X Qualifies for the 'Hummer' Tax Break (Also known as Hummer deduction) of 25k (Since its GVWR is over 6,000lbs) it makes me wonder if the Model X, or any other Tesla vehicle, qualifies for California's HVIP voucher program. The program provides a 25,000 discount (Before Purchase!) to vehicles with qualifying GVWR.

Please take a look at california's HVIP below or google California HVIP:

There are a total of 6 different GVWR entires to qualify for the program. The ones most relevant to the Model X would be:

5,001 - 8,500 LBS GVWR Receive $20,000 to 25,000
8,501 - 10,000 LBS GVWR Receive $25,000 to 30,000

There is also:

10,001 - 14,000 LBS GVWR Receive $50,000 to 55,000

Please let me know if the Model X Qualifies for this voucher program available here in California.

Red Sage ca us | October 13, 2015

I believe others have discussed a Federal program of this sort, for use by businesses. I wasn't aware there was, or could be, similar programs at the State level. | October 13, 2015

It has a very short list of selected vehicles and the Model X is not on it. They appear to be all buses and delivery vans. See

Tâm | October 13, 2015


Good try! But as pointed out:

HVIP stands for "California Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project"

rudybeoulve | October 13, 2015

I have seen the list but I contacted the company called 'Zenith' and found out they sell the ram promaster electrified (Removed gas parts added electric motor) and that the list on the HVIP is not updated. They sell the listed 350 shuttle, but they also sell the ram promaster 136" long which is made from the 1500 or 2500 ram promaster. It also qualifies for the HVIP but is not listed (They already spoke with carb and got it approved). It is smaller than my full chevy van so it makes me wonder if the Model X could be classified as a van in some way. "In some countries, the term "van" can refer to a small panel van based on a passenger car design" Like for example the Ram C/V Tradesman they just added panels and turned the Minivan into a cargo van. SUV's are closely related to Vans aren't they? Weren't they basically a creation of a van crossed with a regular car?

"A sport utility vehicle (SUV) (sometimes called a sports utility wagon), is a vehicle similar to a station wagon, estate car, or a van which is usually equipped with four-wheel drive for on-road or off-road ability. Some SUVs include the towing capacity of a pickup truck with the passenger-carrying space of a minivan or large sedan."

The model x has plenty of power to carry cargo and plenty of space and seats to carry several people. I wonder if Tesla could contact HVIP and see if the Model X could qualify for the program. It seems like a bit of a long shot but I think there could be a possiblity....

50k applied to the price of the model X BEFORE getting the bill (Discounted) is an amazing incentive. It doesn't rely on taxes.

Red Sage ca us | October 14, 2015

The eligibilty is typically listed for vehicles available the previous year for tax filing in the current year. So, the Model X should be listed next year... Unless someone decides to disqualify EVs entirely, or any vehicle over $50,000. Such tactics have been tried before.