The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has released a statement reminding car buyers that rebates to assist with the cost of purchasing new alternative fuel vehicles are still available.
“Rebates are available for battery-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and alternative fuels, like natural gas and fuel cell vehicles,” says DEP Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “These vehicles are helping to reduce climate change-causing emissions and are a part of a sustainable Pennsylvania.”
According to the DEP, these rebates are funded by the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program, which is supported by a gross receipts tax on utilities. 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 DEP adds that rebates are available for new cars only.
The department states that large-battery vehicles, including the Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus, Chevy Volt and similar models from BMW, Volkswagen and Tesla, are eligible for a rebate of $2,000. The DEP is also offering rebates of $1,000 for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and battery-electric vehicles, including the Hyundai Sonata, Ford C-Max Energi, BMW x5 and Volvo XC.
The DEP says that rebates of $1,000 are also being offered for natural gas, propane, hydrogen or fuel cell vehicles, such as the compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered Honda Civic or any new CNG-powered car or pickup truck. Further, 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, the department adds.
The rebate program offered will be reassessed upon payment of the first 250 rebates valued at $2,000 or by Dec. 31, whichever occurs first.