Pennsylvania DEP Extending Alt-Fuel Vehicle Rebate Program

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) says it has extended its Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate program, which provides incentives for consumers in the state to purchase alternative fuel vehicles.

The program will continue to provide $2,000 rebates for 500 additional large-battery system plug-in hybrid-electric and battery-electric vehicles, or until Dec. 31.

Large-battery vehicles that have battery system capacities equal or greater than 10 kWh – models such as the Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus, BMW, Tesla and Chevy Volt – are eligible for the highest rebate amount of $2,000.

DEP is also extending rebates of $1,000 for plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles and battery-electric vehicles with battery system capacities of less than 10 kWh – such as the Toyota Prius plug-in, Ford C-Max Energi, Ford Fusion and Honda Accord.

Rebates of $1,000 are being extended for natural gas, propane, hydrogen or fuel cell vehicles – the compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered 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. A $500 rebate is available for electric motorcycles and scooters.

To qualify, 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 rebates are funded by the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program, which is supported by a gross receipts tax on utilities.

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