More electric vehicles are eligible for a state rebate program aimed at fostering the alternative fuels market.
Large-battery-system plug-in hybrid electric and battery-electric vehicles are eligible for the $2,000 rebate through the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate program, according to a news release from the state Department of Environmental Protection. The rebates will be given to 500 vehicles, or through Dec. 31, whichever comes first.
Large-battery vehicles have battery-system capacities equal to or greater than 10 kilowatt hours. That would include models such as the Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus, BMW, Tesla and Chevy Volt, according to DEP.
The program also offers a $1,000 rebate to plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and battery-electric vehicles with battery-system capacities of less than 10 kWh, including models such as the Toyota Prius plug-in, Ford C-Max Energi, Ford Fusion and Honda Accord, according to DEP.
Rebates of $1,000 are also being extended for natural gas, propane, hydrogen or fuel-cell vehicles, such as the compressed natural-gas-powered Honda Civic or any 2014 CNG-powered car or pickup, according to the release. CNG original equipment, manufacturer retrofits or certified conversions to CNG or propane are also eligible for the $1,000 rebate, according to DEP. A $500 rebate is available for electric motorcycles and scooters.
More details on the program are available on DEP’s website.