The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s (DNREC) Division of Energy and Climate has announced that it is expanding its Clean Vehicle Rebate program to include rebates for bi-fuel vehicles: propane or natural gas-powered vehicles that also run on either gasoline or diesel.
As reported, Delaware drivers will be eligible for a $1,350 rebate on bi-fuel vehicles purchased on or after Jan. 1.
“Switching to propane or natural gas vehicles saves businesses money and keeps harmful greenhouse gases out of our atmosphere,” says DNREC Clean Transportation Planner Kathy Harris. “Bi-fuel vehicles can be a good option for fleets looking to introduce clean fuels into their operations while Delaware continues to build its alternative fuel infrastructure.”
According to the DNREC, the Division of Energy and Climate offers a $1,500 rebate for vehicles that run exclusively on propane and natural gas. Within the first 18 months of this program, several Delaware businesses and drivers have made the switch to propane and natural gas, receiving rebates for their alternative fuel vehicles.
The Division of Energy and Climate also offers rebates for battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and for electric vehicle charging stations. Since the program’s inception in July 2015, approximately 300 drivers have received rebates for electric vehicles, notes the division.
Delaware’s Clean Transportation Incentive Program is made possible through Delaware’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a regional market-based emissions cap-and-trade program. Delaware’s proceeds from RGGI are invested in energy efficiency, renewable energy, emissions reductions programs and programs that benefit energy consumers.