Connecticut Starts $3,000 Electric Vehicle Rebate Program

MAY 20 2015 BY JAY COLE 19

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While some states are currently scaling back rebate and incentive programs in the US, Connecticut is just getting started.

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Announced on Tuesday by Governor Dannel P. Malloy, buyers of electric vehicles are eligible for up to $3,000 in rebate incentives.

“This rebate puts money right back in people’s pockets and makes the cost of purchasing or leasing an electric vehicle competitive with the price of a conventional car. Putting more Connecticut drivers behind the wheel of an EV is what it will take to drive down harmful carbon emissions linked to climate change, reduce conventional pollutants that threaten our air quality and public health, and help motorists reduce the cost of owning and operating a car.” – Governor Malloy

Funding is still somewhat limited at this point, as initial funds have been made available to the state as a result of an agreement that allowed for the merger of Northeast Utilities and NSTAR in the amount of $1 million dollars.

The rebates are administered through EVConnecticut’s CHEAPR program (Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate Program).

And unlike the federal program, the Connecticut program works on a fixed sliding scale (not $ per kWh), assigning rebates of $3,000 for those EVs (BEV/FCEV/PHEV) with 18 kWh of battery capacity or greater – which interestingly, is just below the new threshold of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt.  Rebates of $1,500 and $750 are also available for shorter distance cars.

Connecticut Rebate Chart

Connecticut Rebate Chart

CHEAPR rebates are being offered at three levels:

  • The maximum $3,000 rebate is available for vehicles with a battery capacity of 18 kWh or greater of for any fuel cell electric vehicle.  Vehicles in this category include the Nissan Leaf, VW e-Golf, Ford Focus Electric, BMW i3, and Mercedes Benz B class.
  • A $1,500 rebate is available for vehicles with a batter capacity of seven to 18 kWH.  Vehicles in this category include the Chevy Volt, Ford C-Max and Fusion Energi.
  • A $750 rebate is available for vehicles with a battery capacity of less than 7 kWH, such as the 2015 model year Toyota Prius Plug-In.
Full $3,000 Rebate For The Nissan LEAF In CT

Full $3,000 Rebate For The Nissan LEAF In CT

CT residents also continue to enjoy a $38 for a 2-yr registration for electric vehilces, instead of the $80 for a conventional gas vehicle!

According to R.L. Polk and Company, there are 2,754 EVs currently registered in Connecticut. CT is also part of the eight-state, bi-coastal Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Action Plan designed to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025.

“Electric vehicle incentive programs are extremely effective.  Our dealerships have been selling electric vehicles for many years.  We know this new rebate will help get more consumers to decide to make this investment in a new car and the environment,” Jim Fleming, President of the Connecticut Automotive Retailers Association, said.  “We want to thank Governor Malloy and Commissioner Klee for having the foresight to secure the funding for this program and continuing to strengthen the electric vehicle market.”

A list of eligible vehicles and program specifics can be found here(Hat tip to Brian/Buggdog!)

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19 Comments on "Connecticut Starts $3,000 Electric Vehicle Rebate Program"

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Encouraging to see another state embrace EV purchases, but funding is only enough for 266 vehicles (that qualify for the max $3k rebate)! Hopefully they will make more funding available at some point in the near future.

btw, important note that was missed: the Model S is NOT eligible (nor any car with MSRP > $60k.

Another reason to wait for the 2016 Volt vs buying a earlier model in CT, $1500 more off.

If funding is still available!

I think they’s find another non-tax “bucket” to budget it from, as MA juts did when their mor-EV first round of funding ran out. There are very good people working on this in CT, I knew several of them personally, and this program was thoughtfully crafted.

Wait. Conn is offering EV rebates while Georgia just nixed theirs? Okay, they must be stopped. Where are my conservative brothers and sisters on this? We need to stop them! Fiscal responsibility, peeps! We can’t just go around giving rebates to hard working middle-class Americans whilst giving tax breaks to corporations and the wealthiest Americans! There has to be responsibility, here. Somebody has to be taxed to pay for the next war over electricity! C’mon! /snark

Somebody already was – this program is being initially paid from the $1M fine/fee/fund from the recent merger of the electric utilities in CT. No “taxpayer funds” used, sorry “Devil’s Advocate” Charlie! 😉 (I know you are only snarking:)

When is the rebate given? At time of purchase? When you file state taxes? Do you have to have a certain amount of CT state tax liability?


It’s a straight rebate for purchase or lease, taxes notinvolved. Probably takes a couple months to process. More info here:

I believe it can be received as a POS rebate.
Copied from the incentive program website:

“The rebate amount will be credited to your final purchase or lease price of the eligible vehicle, which reduces the monthly payment on the vehicle.

If you decided to receive the rebate directly, it will be sent by Electronic Funds Transfer within 10 days of rebate application approval.”

Do you think it would lower the sales tax too? That would increase it’s value to $3,200.

Probably need to contact the program POC for that info.

Looks like dealers are also eligible to receive either a $150 or $300 incentive per EV sold that qualifies for the rebate.

Thanks for the link. It looks like the dealer submits the rebate application and credits the money at time of purchase so you don’t need to front the money. You can opt to get the money sent to you directly but that would be odd.

Sounds like it can be either applied as a downpayment towards the purchase, or mailed as a check after purchase.

This money would have been better spent building 50 DC Quick chargers in the state then handing it out to buy electric cars considering it gets it’s funds from a pool a money and not a income taxed base rebate.

Public funding of DC chargers is a waste of money because that currently goes towards 50 kW charging which has a short productive life.

Instead, getting widespread destination charging – 40+ amp J1772 is a big deal and is needed for 10+ years. A much better investment of public infrastructure dollars.

Nice. Welcome to the party, Conn.!

Meanwhile in Texas, the president of Texas oil and gas association stated that Americans should ride horses to work if they are anti-oil and anti-gas. I called and left message stating that my Nissan Leaf horse is doing fine. Call him at 512-478-6631

Apparently there is a Texas Senate bill (603) that extends the LDPLI for 2 more years (among other things). It passed the Senate, but is currently in the House environment committee. Running out of time since not many weeks left in the session. If it dies this session, rebates can’t be reintroduced until the next session in 2 years time.

Any legislation to benefit clean technology and clean fuels will die in Texas.