Pennsylvania Opts to Continue Rebate Program for Electric Vehicles


The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) says the state's alt-fuel vehicle rebate program for large-battery-system plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and battery-electric vehicles will not expire when the previously announced cap of 500 $3,500 rebates is reached. Instead, the program will be extended to accommodate another 500 rebates of $3,000 each.

The program defines ‘large-battery’ vehicles as those that have a battery-system capacity equal to or greater than 10 kWh, which includes models such as the Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus and Chevy Volt. 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.

With the extension, the state's total investment toward supporting EV purchases will be $3.35 million since 2011.

‘DEP and this administration remain committed to seeing this alternative fuels market grow,’ said DEP secretary Mike Krancer.

Pennsylvania also offers rebates of $1,000 for plug-in hybrid EVs and battery EVs with a capacity of less than 10 kWh (i.e., the Toyota Prius plug-in and Ford C-Max Energi) and $500 rebates for electric motorcycles and scooters. Moreover, rebates of $1,000 are available for natural gas, propane autogas, hydrogen or fuel-cell vehicles.

Rebate applications and guidelines are available HERE.

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