The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s (DNREC) revamped Delaware Clean Transportation Incentive Program has now taken effect, offering higher rebates for drivers of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and adjusted rebates for other clean fuel vehicles and electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.
According to the state, updated rebate amounts will apply only to vehicles and equipment purchased on or after Nov. 1. As reported, the DNREC’s Division of Energy & Climate has extended the program following its resounding success throughout the state.
More than 250 Delaware residents across all three counties have received rebates for BEVs and plug-in hybrid electric cars since the program was launched in July 2015. The state says the program’s initial goal of 100 EV rebates over a year and a half was surpassed in just six months.
The new program offers $3,500 rebates for most BEVs and $1,500 for plug-in hybrid electric, propane and natural gas vehicles. Rebates are also available for home, public and workplace EV charging stations. Individuals, businesses and workplaces are encouraged to participate, according to the state.
“Businesses and residents throughout Delaware are seeing the benefits of electric and clean fuel vehicles – from economic savings, to cleaner air,” says DNREC Secretary David Small. “When businesses transition to electric and clean fuel vehicles, they reduce operating and maintenance costs. When residents can drive from place to place with fewer polluting emissions, Delaware has a healthier and safer environment. We all win.”
The updated program also places a stronger emphasis on commercial and workplace EV charging stations by covering up to 75% of the equipment cost (price caps apply).
“Adding an electric vehicle charging station to a business or workplace can attract positive attention and customers, while supporting employees who drive electric vehicles,” says Susan Love, climate section administrator in the division of energy and climate. “Drivers need to feel comfortable that they’ll always have somewhere to charge up. Your business can be a part of that solution – and customers can shop, eat or stop in while their car charges. This is also a great option for towns and downtown districts looking to spur economic activity.”
As reported, the Division of Energy & Climate is working with partners throughout the state on projects that will add at least 10 new EV charging stations, three propane fueling stations for clean fuel school buses and a public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) refilling station. These new projects bolster the alternative fuel network within Delaware, which currently has about 50 public EV charging stations, eight propane stations and one CNG station.
Delaware is also working with neighboring states to build a comprehensive alternative fuel network within the region.