Massachusetts pushing to expand electric car use
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts drivers buying or leasing new electric cars can begin applying for rebates from the state worth up to $2,500, according to Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration.
Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Mark Sylvia said the $2 million Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles program will let electric car owners or lease-holders receive a rebate on vehicles purchased on or after Wednesday.
Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis until all the funds have been used up. All applications must be submitted within three months of the purchase or lease of an electric vehicle.
The state is also accepting applications for a second program aimed at increasing the number of electric cars on Massachusetts roads.
Under that program, the state Department of Environmental Protection will provide half of the funding needed for charging station hardware costs — up to $25,000 — to encourage employers to install Level 1 and Level 2 charging stations for electric and plug-in electric vehicles.
The workplace charging grant program will also operate on a first-come, first-served basis.
“The deployment of more electric and plug-in vehicles is an important step toward Massachusetts achieving” its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, State Energy Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett said.
Funding for both rebate programs comes from Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative auctions.
The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative refers to the nation’s first multi-state “cap-and-trade” program. Massachusetts and the eight other states — Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont — participate in the program.
Power plants in the states must buy “allowances” allowing them to emit carbon dioxide. The states auction these allowances.
Patrick Administration officials said the state has already invested more than $20 million in electric and alternative fuel vehicles.
In May, Patrick signed an eight-state memorandum of understanding with the goal of having at least 3.3 million “zero emission vehicles” in the states by 2025.