State rebates for electric vehicles to continue for another year

DOVER — The state announced Friday it will continue for at least another year a program that provides rebates to individuals and businesses for electric and alternative fuel cars.

Established in 2015, the Clean Transportation Incentive Program has given a total of $4.6 million to more than 1,500 people or entities to buy electric cars, charging stations and propane and natural gas-fueled vehicles.
In the announcement, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control claimed a “growing demand” from Delawareans.

“Reducing transportation-related emissions is key to reaching our greenhouse gas reduction goal,” Shawn Garvin, the secretary of DNREC, said in a statement. “Electric vehicles are a smart choice for citizens and businesses alike, and the Clean Transportation Incentive Program is helping Delaware drivers change from fossil fuels to cleaner alternatives that reduce air pollution.”

Delaware has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions 28 percent by 2025 from 2005’s baseline.Transportation accounted for more than one-third percent of Delaware’s carbon emissions in 2016, the latest year for which data is available.

Rebates for electric vehicle charging stations cover between 75 to 90 percent of the cost. They apply to businesses, workplaces, publicly-accessible charging locations and multi-family residences.

Unike this year, the program will no longer offer rebates for single-family home charging stations in 2020.
Rebate amounts for the upcoming year for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles include $2,500 for battery-electric vehicles and $1,000 for plug-in hybrid vehicles. Rebates for electric vehicles are available only to battery and plug-in hybrids with a purchase price of $60,000 or less.

Participants can also get help offsetting the cost of propane or natural gas vehicles, including $1,500 for dedicated propane or natural gas vehicles, $1,350 for bi-fuel propane or natural gas vehicles and $20,000 for heavy-duty dedicated natural gas trucks.

The program is funded by Delaware’s involvement in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, an effort by 11 states to reduce their carbon footprints.
The Delaware chapter of the Sierra Club trumpeted the news Friday, saying it “ensures that Delawareans of all income levels can make the transition to clean transportation choices for the benefit of the environment, our health, and our wallets.”

However, some have criticized the initiative. Food & Water Watch recently released a study suggesting it leads to greater pollution in low-income and minority communities, while Republicans have protested it drives up costs for residents.

For more information on Delaware’s Clean Transportation Incentive Program, contact Clean Transportation Project Specialist Breanne Preisen at 735-3366 or visit de.gov/cleantransportation.

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