Saturday, December 29, 2018

Massachusetts Reboots Its EV Incentive Program

2017 Chevrolet Bolt (Credit: Click to Enlarge.
Starting January 1, 2019, Massachusetts will make significant changes to its MOR-EV program, officially known as Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles.  Currently, people who purchase a plug-in hybrid or battery electric vehicle are eligible for a rebate of up to $2,500.

After January 1, the maximum rebate will be reduced to $1,500 and only fully battery electric or hydrogen fuel cell cars will be eligible — no cars with range-extending internal combustion engines allowed.  In addition, the sticker price of the car must be under $50,000 to qualify.

“We have had increasing demand — very high demand — for these rebates,” says Judith Judson, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources.  “In order to sustain the program and continue to provide rebates at that high a demand level, we are making changes and targeting those vehicles that provide the greatest emission reduction.”

According to radio station WBUR, 12,000 rebates worth more than $25.7 million have been awarded since the MOR-EV program began in June of 2014.  Of that total, 56% went to fully battery electric cars and 43% went to plug-in hybrids.  It would take a determined buyer to find a fuel cell car available for sale in the Bay State, but apparently there are a few, which account for the other 1% of the rebate money.

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