PA DEP Extends Fuel Vehicle Rebate Program

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate program is being extended.  The program will provide the rebates for 500 additional large-battery system plug-in hybrid electric and battery vehicles, or until December 31st.   The rebate ranges between $500 and $2,000.

The program is valid for large-battery vehicles that have battery system capabilities of 10 kilo-watt hours or greater.  Some models include the Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus, BMW, Tesla, and Chevy Volt.  These types of vehicles will receive the full $2,000 rebate.  Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and battery-electric vehicles with capabilities less than 10 kilo-watt hours are eligible for the $1,000 rebate.  These include models such as the Toyota Prius plug-in, Ford C-Max Energi, Ford Fusion, and the Honda Accord.
“The Corbett administration remains committed to seeing the alternative fuels market grow,” DEP Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo said. “Our commitment represents an impressive total investment of $4.35 million towards the deployment of electric vehicles in Pennsylvania since 2011.”

In addition, the $1,000 rebates are also being offered to natural gas, propane, hydrogen, or fuel-cell vehicles, including the Honda Civic or any 2014 CNG powered car or pickup truck.  CNG original equipment, manufacturer retrofits or certified conversions to CNG or propane are also eligible for the $1,000 rebate.  Finally, a $500 rebate is being offered to electric motorcycles and scooters.

In order to qualify for the rebates, the vehicle must be registered in Pennsylvania, operated primarily in-state, and be purchased no more than six months before the rebate application is submitted.  The program is funded by the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program.

To learn more about the program and to obtain applications, click here.

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