Connecticut Adds More Electric Vehicles to List of Rebate Programs | stonington

HARTFORD — Connecticut officials have begun rolling out sweeping new legislation aimed at reducing vehicle emissions, including adding 10 more electric vehicles that will now be eligible for the state’s rebate program.

The legislation, which increases funding for the initiative, raises the MSRP cap for eligible purchased and leased battery electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and fuel cell electric vehicles to $50,000. In turn, state residents who meet certain income requirements can qualify for incentives of up to $9,500 depending on vehicle type.

“We’ve seen a doubling, a doubling in the number of electric vehicles registered on the road here in Connecticut over the past two years as people … grapple with high gas prices,” said the Ministry of Energy and Environmental Protection. Commissioner Katie Dykes at a press conference highlighting the new law Friday in New Haven. Dykes said the Connecticut Automotive Retailers Association has seen an increase in customers wanting access to electric vehicles.

The new law will also usher in the state’s first e-bike voucher program. Dykes said the first public meeting was held this week to gather feedback on how to design the initiative. Additionally, the state agency has begun crafting a $20 million distribution plan for electric school buses — spending that is also expected to trigger federal funding.

Meanwhile, the state is making up to $4 million available to public and private entities to purchase and install lightweight mapping stations. The funding comes from a 2018 settlement between the Federal Environmental Protection Agency and Volkswagen over violations of the Clean Air Act.

Dykes said his agency also began working on regulations that would implement California’s air quality standards for medium and heavy-duty motor vehicles, another key part of the new legislation.

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