Massachusetts 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 Masschusetts

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.