The state's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which has been giving out rebates for plug-in vehicle drivers since 2011, has announced it will extend its larger-capacity plug-in rebate past the original 500-vehicle quota, meaning that another $1.5 million will be doled out to those willing to charge up. That said, Pennsylvania will cut its per-vehicle rebate by $500 – to $3,000 – for vehicle owners #501 through #1,000.
Either way, the rebate applies to "large battery" plug-ins such as Nissan Leafs and Chevrolet Volts. Pennsylvania gives out $1,000 rebates to drivers of lower battery capacity plug-in vehicles like the Toyota Prius Plug-In and Ford C-Max Energi, as well as for natural-gas and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. When all is said and done, Pennsylvania will have given out $3.35 million in plug-in vehicle rebates. Pennsylvania DEP's press release is available below.
For anyone who's curious, Philadelphia is home to about 25 publicly accessible electric vehicle chargers, or about a third as many as in plug-in happy San Francisco, according to the US Department of Energy.
Agency Committing Additional $1.5 million Following Program Milestone
HARRISBURG -- The Department of Environmental Protection announced today that the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate program will be extended once it reaches its milestone of awarding 500 $3,500 rebates for large-battery system plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and battery-electric vehicles.
"As we approach this milestone, DEP and this administration remain committed to seeing this alternative fuels market grow," DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. "Because of this commitment, this agency will offer $3,000 rebates for the next 500 vehicles, which represents an impressive total investment of $3.35 million toward electric vehicles since 2011."
Large-battery vehicles that have battery system capacity equal or greater than 10 kilo-watt hours (kWh), including models such as the Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus and Chevy Volt, are eligible for the highest rebate amount. DEP also offers rebates of $1,000 for large-battery system plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and battery-electric vehicles with battery system capacity less than 10 kWh, including models such as the Toyota Prius plug-in and Ford C-Max Energi.
Rebates of $1,000 are offered for natural gas, propane, hydrogen or fuel-cell vehicles. A $500 rebate is available for electric motorcycles and scooters.
DEP provides these rebates as incentives to assist Pennsylvanians with the incremental cost of purchasing an alternative fuel vehicle. 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.
Rebate applications and updated guidelines are available on DEP's website at www.dep.state.pa.us, keyword: Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebates. Information on rebate availability will be updated weekly.