Pennsylvania Doubles Funding for Hybrid Electric Rebate Program to $3 Million

October 20, 2006

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Kathleen McGinty announced in mid October that the state has doubled funding next year for the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Rebate Program. The expanded program, which opened at the end of July and runs through next year, will provide $3 million in rebates to about 6,000 car buyers. McGinty said, "Based on the response to the state’s rebate program, it is clear that residents are ready to embrace technologies that not only reduce our dependence on imported oil, but also help to clean up our environment.” The initial rebate offering was so popular that DEP issued its allotted $1.5 million in less than 10 months.

To qualify for the $500 rebate, the hybrid electric vehicle must be registered in Pennsylvania and operate primarily in the state. Rebate request forms and required documentation must be submitted no later than six months after the vehicle is purchased. Flexible-fuel vehicles, diesel vehicles, and so-called “mild hybrids,” which use the hybrid technology to increase a vehicle’s power and performance rather than to significantly increase fuel economy and reduce emissions, do not qualify.

For more information, read Governor Rendell's October 19 press release.