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Pennsylvania is extending its Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate program. The state's Department of Environmental Protection announced it will continue to provide $2,000 rebates for EVs with batteries of 10-kWh or more until the end of June or until it reaches 500 vehicles (with over 150 still available). Plug-in vehicles with smaller batteries will still get $1,000 rebates, along with natural gas, propane and hydrogen vehicles. Electric motorcycles and scooters are eligible for a $500 rebate. Read more in the press release below.

China is extending its subsidies for so-called new energy vehicles beyond its 2015 expiration until 2020. The program applies to electric and hydrogen vehicles, and China hopes to encourage people to adopt those vehicles in order to alleviate air pollution and dependence on foreign oil. China provides buyers of all-electric vehicles subsidies of up to about $8,834, with electric buses eligible for rebates of more than $80,000. The amounts of assistance will gradually decrease from 2016 until their new expiration at the end of 2020. Read more at Reuters.

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DEP Extends Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate Program

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced the extension of the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate program, which will continue to provide $2,000 rebates for large-battery system plug-in hybrid electric and battery-electric vehicles until June 30, 2015, or until the 500 vehicle benchmark is reached. To date, DEP has more than 150 rebates remaining at this amount.

DEP has invested $4.35 million toward the deployment of electric vehicles in Pennsylvania since 2011.

Large-battery vehicles that have battery system capacities equal or greater than 10 kilo-watt hours (kWh), including 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, including models 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, such as the CNG powered Honda Civic or any 2014-15 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.

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

Rebate applications and updated guidelines are available on DEP's website,, Keyword: Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebates. Information on rebate availability will be updated regularly.

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