Friday, August 28, 2015

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

The state's alternative fuel rebate program is being extended.

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

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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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GreenSpace is about environmental issues and green living. Bauers also writes a biweekly GreenSpace column about environmental health issues for the Inquirer’s Sunday “Health” section.

Sandy Bauers is the environment reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where she has worked for more than 20 years as a reporter and editor. She lives in northern Chester County with her husband, two cats, a large vegetable garden and a flock of pet chickens.

Reach Sandy at sbauers@phillynews.com.

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