The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is now accepting applications for an incentive program that provides funds for the purchase or lease of natural gas, propane autogas and electric vehicles.
According to TCEQ, the Light-Duty Motor Vehicle Purchase or Lease Incentive Program will offer up to $2,500 for the purchase of EVs, NGVs (compressed natural gas only) or propane vehicles. The incentive amounts for leased alt-fuel vehicles are the following: $2,500 (four-year lease term); $1,875 (three-year to less than four-year term); $1,250 (two-year to less than three-year term); and $625 (one-year to less than two-year term).
The application period will run through June 26, 2015, until all the funds are exhausted (approximately $7.7 million) or until the limits on the maximum number of vehicles are reached (2,000 EVs and 2,000 CNG or propane vehicles).
Only vehicles sold through a franchised dealer in Texas or leased from a leasing company licensed to do business in Texas are eligible. Vehicles purchased from the manufacturer or from an out-of-state dealer would not be eligible. For leased vehicles, the vehicle must be purchased by the leasing company from a franchised dealer in Texas, as well. Recipients of the grants will be required to title, register and operate the vehicles in Texas for one year.
The TCEQ provides an expansive list of vehicle makes and models that OEMs and conversion system manufacturers report may meet the eligibility criteria and be available for sale or lease in Texas. Only the application process, however, can determine if a given alt-fuel vehicle is eligible for a grant.
For more information, call (800) 919-8377 or visit terpgrants.org.