Starting today, 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 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.
See more than two dozen eligible electric and plug-in electric vehicles at the 2017 New York International Auto Show, April 14-23 at the Javits Convention Center.
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 plug-in hybrid, or both. Pictured above is the relatively new Chevrolet Bolt EV.
You can see the Chevy Bolt, Nissan Leaf and other electric and PHEV models at the New York International Auto Show at the Javits Convention Center, opening to the public on Friday April 14.
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The rebate was approved by lawmakers in Albany last year, and environmentalists have been eagerly awaiting the launch.
Officials at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority have been busy 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, and finally for individual consumers like you and me.