Massachusetts Now Offers Up To $2,500 Rebate On EV Purchases

JUN 18 2014 BY JAY COLE 18

MA Announces $2,500 Rebate Program - Administered By California

Massachusetts Announces $2,500 Rebate Program – Administered By California

Not so long ago, Massachusetts set out a plan to increase EV adoption in the state not unlike what is currently found in California.

Not All PHEVs Are Equal In MAss

Not All PHEVs Are Equal In Masschusetts

As it turns out, it is almost exactly as is found in California.  The state has even tapped the California-based Center for Sustainable Energy to handle the program for them.  Go figure.

The unfortunately named MOR-EV program (or Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles), allows for up to $2,500 against the purchase or lease (minimum term-36 months) of an electric vehicle, including PHEVs and fuel cell vehicles.  Zero emission bikes, such as from Brammo and Zero also qualify for $750.

E-Bike Also Get Some Love In Mass.

E-Bike Also Get Some Love In Mass.

This new program has been funded initially in the amount of $1.86 million dollars – good for another 1,000 or so new registrations, and runs through June 2015 on a “first-come, first served basis”.

Of interest not all PHEVs are created equal in this program.

In Total 1.86 Million Will Be Made Available Starting Wednesday, June 17th, 2014

In Total 1.86 Million Will Be Made Available Starting Wednesday, June 17th, 2014

While all fully electric cars such as the Tesla Model S, Nissan LEAF, and Fiat 500e receive the full $2,500…longer range plug-in hyrbids such as Chevrolet Volt, BMW i3 REx and Cadillac ELR also get $2,500.

Vehicles such as the Ford Fusion/C-Max Energi and Toyota Prius PHV only get $1,500.  Full eligibility list and rebate amount can be found here.

Update (July 15th): The ‘cut off’ for the full $2,500 rebate has been set at 10 kWh.

Through May, there has been just under 4,000 plug-in vehicles registered in Massachusetts.

The CCSE made the following statement on being chose to handle the program:

“We are proud to bring our expertise in administering electric vehicle rebate programs to Massachusetts and hope to work with other states to implement these tremendously important initiatives,” said CSE Executive Director Len Hering, RADM, USN (ret). “Incentive programs play a significant role in introducing and promoting clean energy technologies on a wider scale, especially when there are real and perceived barriers to their adoption. The added value and rewards of rebates help people to make more sustainable choices while supporting goals for cleaner air and reduced fossil-fuel consumption.”

The group says that rebate checks will be mailed (typically) within 75 days of application approval contingent on available rebate funding.  Only vehicles purchased on or after June 18, 2014 are eligible.

Check out the entire MOR-EV here.

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18 Comments on "Massachusetts Now Offers Up To $2,500 Rebate On EV Purchases"

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So you now get up to $10K of incentives in Mass when you buy an EV cah to pahk in Hahvahd squah.

…it’s wicked awesome

Haha! Coming from NH, we also used wicked all the time. When leaving for NY state, I was surprised to find it was not a nationwide term. 😉

Nice Spec…

I also want to claim “wicked awesome” as a term from my home state of Maine. Although I am sure people “from away” use it down south also.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

Too bad some queah ICEd yah spaht..

(back on topic)

Props to Mass for putting into effect the first New England incentive program! I don’t count NH no sales tax (live free or die), since it applies to all vehicles.

Any word on HOV access, no sales tax, or any of the the other West Coast perks making their way to Mass?

No other perks apply. Program will run until 2020 if it gets legislative approval, and new perks could be added in the legislative process. For now it’s just a one off administrative program.

(Resident of MA) I think it’s stupid they allow any vehicle that can just use gas to get any amount of this. It’s so limited that it should only be for pure electrics and it’s telling people hybrid is good enough.

Tyler, I’d have to disagree. Plug-in hybrids that offer an amount of electric range suitable for most people’s daily driving is the gateway drug the public needs to realize how awesome pure BEVs can be.

I agree – A Chevy Volt, for example, should be just as deserving of an incentive as a Nissan Leaf. For the typical driver, either car will essentially give them a gas-free lifestyle (or very close)

I can understand why you might want to restrict incentives for cars like the PiP or Honda Accord PHEV.

Put another way, a Chevy Volt that is reached for, on a cold 70 mile day, will do more for the environment than a Leaf that is left home, in favor of the gaser.

Jay, your MOR-EV link to:
Isn’t working, at least from my iPhone.

Thanks…wouldn’t have noticed that. /fixed

I have often wondered about something.

Lets say you lease an EV in a state that has extra incentives.

Your lease is up and your car is returned to the bank.

Now, when the bank goes to resale that car, do the resale it locally or do they ship it to a state that has no rebate, in order to get more money for it on the used market?

I like that the Volt gets more rebate than lower range plug ins with engines. Much better than the rebates in California.

+1 Just because many PHEV makers chose to shrink the battery, doesn’t mean they’re owed the same rate. However, if I had a Ford that could do 20 miles, I may be irked by a Prius getting the same amount, while only getting half this range.

Not to worry – according to a reputable source, there are only 9, yes *nine*, Prius Plug Ins available for sale in the entire New England area. And Toyota Corporate is not planning on sending many, if any more over. So the CMAX Energi should easily crush it like a grape in sales, the same way it crushes it in range and performance. 🙂 is running a take on it:

Indeed, RGGI is funding the small 1.89mm pot. As the EPA power plant rule is either adopted as state plans, or not, look for what your state intends to do. MA, CT, DE, ME, etc, have joined a regional CO2 initiative.

You might not think a power plant rule would have anything to do with EV incentives, but it can. RGGI is the template these states will forward to the EPA, in an effort to comply. What I am unsure of is if the CO2 reductions from EV adoption can be counted against the rule’s targets. Whichever the case, it is likely these states, plus CA, will not have to do anything else to meet the EPA’s 2030 goal. They already bit this bullet.