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A new electric vehicle cash rebate from the City of Santa Barbara

The City of Santa Barbara has launched an electric vehicle rebate program
City of Santa Barbara
The City of Santa Barbara has launched an electric vehicle rebate program

It’s a way to encourage Santa Barbara residents to buy or lease an electric vehicle.

Incentives from the State or utility companies for electric vehicles are nothing new, but the program from the City of Santa Barbara is both new and somewhat unique.

"The City of Santa Barbara is unique in that we offer our own electrical provider called Santa Barbara Clean Energy, and that basically provides carbon free electricity for all the residents of Santa Barbara. So in a sense, this is sort of similar to a utility incentive program," explained Jefferson Litten, the Energy and Climate manager for the City of Santa Barbara.

EV rebates of $1000 are available for qualifying residents, and those enrolled in the CARE program are eligible for twice that.

"The vehicle must be purchased after November 15th, 2023. That was the date that the program launched, and the vehicle must have an MSRP of less than $80,000," said Litten.

City of Santa Barbara residents interested in this rebate can learn more at or by calling (805) 538-1810.

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Since joining the station she's won 10 Golden Mike Awards, 5 Los Angeles Press Club Awards, 2 National Arts & Entertainment Awards and a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Writing.

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She has lived in California for eleven years and is both an American and British citizen - and a very proud mom to her daughter, Elsie.