The State of Delaware plans to extend a program that hopes to get more people into electric or hybrid vehicles.
Buyers are able to obtain a rebate for purchasing an alternative fuel vehicle or an electric charging station under a program that could have ended at the end of 2019. Now, the Clean Transportation Incentive Program is extended until December 31st, 2020.
"This is really what I call catalyst money to help encourage folks if they're kind of on the fence if they're going to buy a conventional car or they're looking maybe to buy an electric or plug-in hybrid or charging station," Delaware Natural Resources Secretary Shawn Garvin said. "This gives them a little bit more of an incentive to go in that direction."
Rebates for qualifying vehicles range between $1,000 and $2,500. Since the start of the program in 2015, about $4.6 million in rebates had been paid out to more than 1,500 people who bought electric vehicles, propane or natural gas vehicles or electric vehicle charging stations.
The CTIP is funded through Delaware's participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Transportation is the largest source of emissions of greenhouse gases in Delaware.
"We are looking to extend this program because we feel like it's a tool that is showing benefits," Garvin said.
Garvin added that improvements in performance as well as selection are driving more and more buyers to consider electric and hybrid vehicles. Drivers are also finding it easier to find plug-in stations at convenience stores, state parks and other locations.
"The whole idea of this incentive program is eventually what we look for is the market forces to totally take over. Part of that is what we do on the other side which is the electrical transportation infrastructure investments we make," Garvin said.