Mulling an electric car? PA DEP will pay you $3,000

As part of its Alternative Fuel Rebate Program, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has been dishing out $3,500 in rebates to people who buy electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids with large batteries.

Now, with the agency expecting to reach its limit of 500 rebates in late February, the program is being extended, albeit with a lesser amount. 

The DEP will offer $3,000 rebates to people who buy large-battery electric cars, such as the Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus and Chevy Volt.  Rebates of $1,000 will be offered for plug-in hybrids and electric cars with smaller batteries, such as the Toyota Prius plug-in and Ford C-Max Energi.

(No, it's not automatic. You have to apply. Click here to learn more. 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.)

Rebates of $1,000 are being offered for natural gas, propane, hydrogen or fuel-cell vehicles. A $500 rebate is available for electric motorcycles and scooters.

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