No fooling, but starting April first, you can get a rebate of up to a $2,000 in New York State on the purchase of a zero-emission electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle. That’s on top of a federal tax credit of $2,500 to $7,500, depending on the vehicle’s battery size.
The rebates are designed to make EV and PHEV vehicles more affordable by bringing prices down to comparable conventional gas models, andmake electrics and plug-in hybrids more mainstream. The goal, also, is to help reduce automotive carbon emissions, the state’s largest contributor to climate change.
New York joins other states in the Northeast, including Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Delaware in offering rebates for zero-emission vehicles.
More than three-quarters of states already offer incentives intended to drive down the cost of electric vehicles, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Just about every auto manufacturer now offers an EV or PHEV, or both. Pictured above is the relatively new Chevrolet Bolt EV.
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The rebate was approved by lawmakers in Albany last year, and environmentalists have been eagerly awaiting the launch. Peter Iwanowicz, executive director of Environmental Advocates of New York, told Fox News he’s disappointed it’s taken Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration so long to act.
Officials at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority are now putting the finishing touches on the rebate program and reaching out to car dealers to ensure they’re aware of the program, according to agency spokeswoman Kate Muller.
She noted the state has already rolled out a rebate for municipalities buying electric vehicles for their government fleets.