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CA Rebate + HOV

Discussion in 'Electric Vehicles' started by kmngq, Apr 2, 2018.

  1. kmngq

    kmngq Member

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    So after purchase of an EV, you have 18 months to apply for a rebate.
    Currently in CA, you only get a rebate or HOV sticker. Can't have both.

    Do you guys think this will ever revert back to being able to apply for both?

    Or should I just apply for what I think is worth more now, and just be done with it?
     
  2. comanchepilot

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    If you buy an EV you should apply for the sticker - its valid now until 12/31/2021 once they get their head out of their rears and figure out a way to issue the post 12/31/2018 stickers.

    Seems to me its a simple solution to state:

    " I swear under penalty of perjury that I am applying for this HOV lane access in compliance with Veh. Code Section 21xxx, and that I am in compliance with said statute and the regulations thereunder. I understand that if I am incorrect in my assertion concerning eligibility I shall lose both the rebate applied for an the HOV sticker. I consent to the DMV verifying my income and / or the issuance of an HOV lane sticker in order to confirm my eligibility."

    Then just check the issuance of a sticker vs, the vehicle and then verify that the VIN has or has not been sent a rebate check. . .
     
  3. gregd

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    I think it depends on where you drive. Sometimes one would pay anything to be in the HOV lane; sometimes they're as bad as the regular ones, and you might as well just relax and go with the (lack of) flow. Sometimes there's not a choice. Perhaps let your blood pressure be your guide.

    Personally, I strongly dislike the thought of plastering the corners of my Roadster with ugly stickers. Fortunately, I rarely drive where HOV lane access would make a difference in my life, so the choice for me would be easy - I'd take the money.
     
  4. bruinboi85

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    I just bought a Model 3. My 2017 income is >300k, but my 2018 will be under 300k. So right now, I can't get the rebate since they look at last year's tax return. However, if I wait I can apply in 8-9 months. Does anyone know if there will be any rebate $ left at that time in CA?

    If not, I would just go ahead and apply for the stickers now. Thoughts anyone?
     
  5. Cheburashka

    Cheburashka Active Member

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    The red stickers are being shipped now.

    HOV lanes should be much quicker next year once all the white stickers expire.
     
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  6. MIT_S60

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    Ehhh around SoCal I see almost as many more solo rider offenders than HOV sticker drivers (if not more).
     
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  7. bruinboi85

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    I was wrong - evidently they will ask for income verification after you file for the current year. I went ahead and applied. Most of the HOV lanes around me are as slow as the normal lanes.
     
  8. Cheburashka

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    So you can only get the stickers or the rebate now, but not both? That kinda sucks!

    My last EV in 2016, I got both the white stickers and the $2500 check.
     
  9. teslasuperfan

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    You can still get both if you are under the income threshold.

    California DMV - Plates & HOV Stickers
     
  10. ebmcs03

    ebmcs03 Active Member

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    I thought th red stickers still expire at the end of 2018? And there will be a completly new system starting January 2019?
     

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