Illinois city makes getting an electric car a little more Normal

When you're about to spend tens of thousands of dollars on a plug-in vehicle, getting $300 off probably won't sway your purchasing decision one way or the other. But, every little bit helps in this economy and that's why Normal, IL is putting a bit of its own money into a small-scale electric vehicle tax incentive program.

The exact value of the inventive will vary from vehicle to vehicle because the town has declared a one percent sales tax rebate for electric car purchases (thus, for the Chevy Volt, you should get $410 off, while the Nissan Leaf should be around $330 dollars cheaper in Normal). Normal is spending a portion of its share of the state sales tax on the EV incentive as part of its EVTown plan. Anyone who wants to claim the rebate needs to show City Hall that the car is registered in Normal and that the tax was paid.

Even though the rebate is pretty tiny, Normal Assistant City Manager Geoff Fruin told local news station WJBC that he thinks it's money well spent. City residents might buy their EV at a dealership in a neighboring area if the few hundred bones weren't there, after all, and this way Normal will at least get the rest of the tax income. The rebate will be available through the end of 2014 and about 15 EV have been sold in Normal thus far.

[Source: WJBC | Image: sushi♥ina – C.C. License 2.0]

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