While a few states have offered buyers of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids thousands of dollars in tax rebates, Connecticut offered that cash to dealerships instead. That plan apparently hasn’t turned out so well, as Connecticut ranks far back in electric vehicle adoption. To fix that, the state will begin offering buyers up to $3,000 off the price of an electric car, plug-in hybrid, or fuel cell vehicle…but only for a small number of buyers.
Using a $1 million settlement from Northeast utilities, Connecticut representatives decided to set aside $800,000 of that money to provide the green car rebates. Electric vehicles and PHEVs with a battery pack of 18 kWh or larger can get the maximum $3,000 rebate, which notably leaves the 2016 Chevy Volt out of the equation. Instead, Volt buyers will have to settle for a $1,500 rebate for vehicles with batteries between 7 and 18 kWh.
Vehicles with even smaller batteries get just $1,000 from Connecticut. Depending on what vehicles are purchased, the program has enough money to support between 250 and 400 vehicle purchases. The other $200,000 will be used to enoucrage car dealerships to push more consumers towards green cars. I won’t hold my breathe on that one though.
Of course that’s all in addition to the Federal tax rebate, which can offer up to $7,500 back for the purchase of an EV or PHEV. Alas, the $8,000 tax credit for fuel cell vehicles expired back in December…not that you can actually buy one in Connecticut right now. Actually, you can’t buy most of the vehicles Connecticut lists as part of its rebate program, hydrogen or electric.
Tesla sales are still technically banned in Connecticut (though that may change soon) and outside of a handful of vehicles like the Nissan LEAF, Honda Fit EV, and Chevy Volt, us Nutmeggers have relatively few options when it comes to alt-fuel vehicles.
Maybe now that we’re getting an EV rebate program of our own though, automakers will grace us with more electrified automobiles. Or maybe not.