As any electric car fan will tell you, there are plenty of financial reasons why owning a plug-in car makes sense. From low maintenance and service costs through to everyday fuel bills, owning an electric car can save you some significant money in the long term.
The only downside of course to all of that is the higher sticker price of a plug-in car when compared to a conventional internal combustion engined vehicle. To help mitigate that fact, the U.S. Federal Government and many U.S. states like California and Colorado offer financial incentives in the form of income tax credits or rebate cheques to make that sticker shock a little less painful.
Now we can add the tiny state of Delaware to the list of states where you can get a discount off a new electric car with the launch of its brand-new $2,200 rebate program for clean vehicles.
Announced last month and officially now up and operational, the second-smallest state in the union’s new clean vehicle rebate program doesn’t discriminate between plug-in and all-electric vehicles, choosing instead to accept any vehicle which can be plugged into an external source such as a charging station to charge a traction battery on the vehicle.
This means that any plug-in car from a Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid through to a Tesla Model S P90D is eligible for the same $2,200 rebate.
Unlike some state’s incentive program for zero emission or plug-in vehicles, Delawareans who wish to convert an internal combustion engine vehicle into an electric car are covered by the program. While the language of the program says that $1,100 is available “towards retrofitting an internal combustion engine into a dedicated electric vehicle,” we suspect this portion of the program is actually to aid those looking to turn an internal combustion vehicle into an electric car, not voice-versa.
Also available under the all-new Delaware Clean Vehicle Rebate Program is a $1,100 rebate towards the purchase, lease or retrofit of LPG and CNG vehicles, although we suspect the majority of applications received by the state will be for plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle purchases. Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are currently not eligible, although to our knowledge neither Toyota nor Hyundai — the only two automakers offering hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to purchase or lease in the near future — view the tiny state as a key market area at the current time.
With an initial $330,000 earmarked for the deployment of alternatively fuelled vehicles in the State of Delaware, we’d guess state officials will be paying close attention to this program before deciding on the long-term fate of clean vehicle rebates within the state.
While Delaware’s clean vehicle rebate program is still brand-new, it’s worth noting that the state is no stranger to supporting electric vehicles. Last year, the state announced a massive rollout of type 2 charging stations throughout the state, spaced no more than 50 miles apart, in addition to a domestic rebate program designed to help plug-in car owners purchase a charging station for their home.
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