Back when the price of gas was well under $1 a gallon, we Americans didn’t worry so much about the cost of transportation. But as gasoline prices have continued to skyrocket in recent years, electric cars are becoming a more viable reality. Abroad where fuel prices are already as high as $10-12 a gallon, hybrid technology and alternative fuels for cars have not only been heavily introduced but also highly adopted. And we’re starting to see the same thing here in the United States.
Finding an electric car grant is becoming a bit easier, as many local energy companies and state governments have started to offer grants, rebates and incentives. And charging stations are no longer only found in places like California and New York. If you are considering making the move to a hybrid, fully electric or other alternative fuel vehicle, I’d suggest searching your state agencies to locate government grants for electric cars. Here is what is being offered in a few states already. If you don’t live in one of the three states I’ve used as examples, check with your local energy provider and state energy or environmental agency to see what they might offer in your neck of the woods.
Maine Electric Vehicle Grant
Drivers in Maine can save as much as $15,000 on the cost of a purchase of an electric vehicle and they can even save on leasing agreements longer than 24 months. This electric car grant is offered by Central Power Maine, an energy provider serving over 600,000 customers. Businesses and non-profit organizations can also make use of this grant program for their vehicle fleets. Special consideration is given to applications that plan to use electric during non-peak energy usage hours. For more information, call the company at 1-800-750-4000.
Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive
In Massachusetts, the state government provides incentives to local municipalities to make the switch to electric-powered fleet vehicles. Cities and towns can apply for funding to purchase electric vehicles as well as charging stations. $5,000 to $7,000 is available to pay for the purchase of hybrid and electric cars. $15,000 is available to pay for the purchase of charging stations when also purchasing an electric vehicle. For more information about the state’s MassEVIP grant, call 617-654-6585.
Pennsylvania Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate
This state program is offered to consumers and funding can be used to purchase a hybrid, electric, natural gas, propane or fuel cell vehicle. Leased cars are not covered and the rebate can only be used to purchase a brand new vehicle. $3,000 is available to those buying a hybrid or electric car. $1,000 rebates are given to those buying the other types of vehicles. And there is even a $500 rebate offered to those buying electric motorcycles or scooters. You have up to 6 months to file your application for the rebate after making your initial purchase. For more information about this Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection program, call toll-free 1-866-294-3854.