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Connecticut providing up to $3K cash rebate for buyers of BEVs, FCEVs, and PHEVs while funding lasts

Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced the Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate Program (CHEAPR). Under this new initiative, a cash rebate of up to $3,000 is now available for Connecticut residents, businesses, and municipalities who purchase or lease an eligible electric vehicle (EV). EVs covered by CHEAPR include battery electric (BEV), fuel cell (FCEV), and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles.

CHEAPR rebates are being offered at three levels:

  • The maximum $3,000 rebate is available for vehicles with a battery capacity of 18 kWh or greater of for any fuel cell electric vehicle. Vehicles in this category include the Nissan Leaf, VW e-Golf, Ford Focus Electric, BMW i3, and Mercedes Benz B class.

  • A $1,500 rebate is available for vehicles with a batter capacity of seven to 18 kWH. Vehicles in this category include the Chevy Volt, Ford C-Max Energi and Fusion Energi.

  • A $750 rebate is available for vehicles with a battery capacity of less than 7 kWH, such as the 2015 model year Toyota Prius Plug-In.

Rebates will be available until the $1 million in funding is distributed to consumers. If additional funding becomes available, the program may be extended.

Funds for the CHEAPR pilot program, which is being administered through the EVConnecticut program, come from $1 million that was made available to the state as a result of an agreement that allowed for the merger of Northeast Utilities and NSTAR. The merger of those companies, now known as Eversource Energy, was completed on 12 April 2012.

The CHEAPR program will also help Connecticut achieve the goals of the eight-state, bi-coastal Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Action Plan designed to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025.

According to R.L. Polk and Company, there are 2,754 EVs currently registered in Connecticut.

In addition to CHEAPR rebates, consumers can take advantage of a Federal Income Tax Credit to help drive down the cost of purchasing a new plug-in electric vehicle. The credit ranges from $2,500 to $7,500, based on the battery capacity of the vehicle.

Comments

Henry Gibson

There are ways of making a very light weight moderate powered range extender internal combustion engine. About five horse power electric is enough to complete all city tasks without substantial delay even with a few miles on a motorway.

But Artemis Intelligent power has a cheaper and fully effective way of reducing fuel use in large and small road vehicles without even the use of expensive electric motors, batteries and electronics. Automotive fuel use can be reduced to one half of the present with same or better acceleration and cheaper original costs and repairs. Add the INNAS NOAX Chiron engine and almost all wearing parts and inefficiencies disappear. Artemis is now part of a large conglomerate, mostly tilting at windmills, the largest in the world, but has also introduced a small hydraulic pump for industry and road vehicle testing. INNAS has other useful interesting hydraulic non electric innovations, but the Chiron electric hydraulic engine may predate the electric engine pump of Artemis. Some large locomotives sent to North Africa prior to WWII had electric actuated steam valves, but were not well maintained during the Algerian war. ..HG..

HarveyD

Should incentives or subsidies be based on emissions reduction (produced) per distance travelled instead of battery 0size?

Vehicles with zero emissions would get the max allowed, with a fixed ceilling of $10,000 or 20% (Max) of purchase price up to $10K?

Vehicles with reduced emissions, like HEVs and PHEVs would get less based on mpg or total emissions per Km/miles.

JMartin

HarveyD, Why penalize small car purchasers. They can probably use the incentives more than large car buyers. And that speed adoption. I do agree with your concept, though.

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