California Extends Program Funding EV Rebates

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California legislators have approved extension through 2030 of the state’s carbon-emissions cap and trade program – which funds the state’s EV rebates and dozens of other emissions reduction projects. Passage of the measure to prolong the controversial program for a full decade past its scheduled 2020 expiration came on the thinnest of margins – it … Read more »

Point of Sale PEV Rebate Coming to Oregon?

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Oregon’s legislature has approved a measure that institutes a state PEV rebate for EV and plug-in hybrid purchasers – if the vehicle is sold new and is priced at $50,000 or less. While it could take the state up to 60 days to process a qualified rebate, the law was written to make it possible … Read more »

New York Funds Plug-In Vehicle Rebate Program

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The state of New York joins a dozen other states this year in offering cash plug-in-vehicle purchase incentives. [Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 20 seconds.] A state program approved last year is now slated to become operational in April, offering buyers of new plug-in hybrid and battery-electric vehicles rebates of up to $2,000. The New … Read more »

California Green Car Rebate Program Funded, Modified

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State regulators have approved $133 million in funding for the California green car rebate program, increased the amounts for which low income households can qualify, lowered the income ceiling for others and removed several plug-in hybrid cars from the list of qualified vehicles. [Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 35 seconds.] The new rules will provide … Read more »

Calif. PEV Shoppers Missing Out on Rebates

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A recent survey by the Union of Concerned Scientists found that most California plug-in vehicle shoppers don’t know about state and federal rebates and tax credits. While ignorance may be bliss in some situations, in this case it is costing those shoppers thousands of dollars per car. [Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes, 20 seconds.] Separately, … Read more »

PEV Incentives: What You Need to Know

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Present PEV incentives include tax credits, cash rebates and perks such as car-pool lane access, reduced registration fees, even free parking and sales tax forgiveness in some states. [Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes.] Federal tax credits for plug-in electric vehicles run from around $3,000 for plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) with small batteries up to $7,500 for … Read more »

Plug-In Car Shopping Made Easy, Part 2

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Six Things You’ll Need to Know About PEVs

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Information can make a world of difference when you are car shopping, and when you’re shopping for a plug-in vehicle it’s not just nice to have a bit of knowledge about the cars and the things that are unique to cars with rechargeable batteries, it is critical.

Once you’ve settled on a model or two to test drive, your dealership visit will be smoother if you take time beforehand to read these tips:

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Plug-In Car Shopping Made Easy, Part 1.

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The horror stories abound. People out shopping for a plug-in vehicle, whether a plug-in hybrid or a battery-electric car, or EV, often find themselves in dealerships with sales people who don’t know much about the cars, can’t answer basic questions and would rather sell gas-burners.

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