Driving an electric car results in the largest financial savings and carbon footprint reduction even when charged from the grid. It is even better when combined with a solar system which is 90% cleaner than our PA electricity grid. Image source: afdc.energy.gov
Largest financial and carbon savings! All-electric vehicles (EVs) run on electricity only. They are propelled by one or more electric motors powered by rechargeable battery packs.
Financial savings and reduction in carbon footprint by using less gasoline. These vehicles run on either a combination of electricity and gasoline or can also be run only on gasoline.
Nearly the same reduction in carbon footprint as a plug-in hybrid and does not require charging. Many vehicle manufacturers offer hybrid options for vehicles.
The carbon footprint of this and other actions for your amount of driving can be determined by using the Cool Climate Calculator. Go to the "Take Action" section after you enter in your specific lifestyle data and find out how doing different actions effect your carbon footprint.
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Federal Tax Credit: up to $7500 for new vehicles, up to $4000 for used vehicles (conditions apply)
PA State Rebate: $2000 on new and used vehicles (income limits apply)
PECO Rebate: Lastly get a $50 rebate from PECO.
Federal Tax Credit: up to $7,500 for new vehicles, up to $4,000 for used vehicles (conditions apply)
PA State Rebate: $1,500 on new and used vehicles (income limits apply)
Plug-in hybrids, sometimes called Plug-in Hybrid-Electric Vehicles (PHEVs), are hybrids with high-capacity batteries that can be charged by plugging them into an electrical outlet or charging station. They can store enough electricity to significantly reduce their petroleum use under typical driving conditions
Some plug-in hybrids have higher-capacity batteries and can go further on electricity than others. PHEV fuel economy can be sensitive to driving style, driving conditions, and accessory use.
Since a plug-in can operate on electricity alone, gasoline alone, or a mixture of the two, EPA provides a fuel economy estimate for gasoline-only operation and an estimate for electric-only or gas-and-electric operation—both for combined city-highway driving.
All-electric and plug-in hybrid cars purchased new 2023 may be eligible for a federal income tax credit of up to $7,500 or up to $4,000 for used vehicles. Eligibility subject to income, MSRP, Final assembly, and general requirement
The Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate program is currently accepting applications.
Rebates are offered to Pennsylvania residents only. (Companies, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies are invited to apply for Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants.)
Rebates are offered on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funding is available. Rebates are subject to the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate Guidelines in effect at time of application, not date of vehicle purchase.
All applicants should read the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate Guidelines for important details on eligibility and rebate amounts and the AFV Rebate instructions on how to submit an application.
You must submit your rebate application no later than 6 months from the date of vehicle purchase.
To apply, use the eGrants electronic application submission process. Please be sure to select Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate Program in the application system. No forms or documentation need to be sent to DEP. All information is contained in the online application submission.
Email confirmation will be sent to you when your application is processed. Please check your spam folders as this email may be caught by your spam filters.
For assistance with the eGrants system, please contact:
M-F 8:30 – 5:00
Instructional video: How to Submit an AFV Rebate Application (MP4)
For information on the AFV Rebate Program call: (717) 705-0374
Funding Level 2 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations for Healthier Air Quality
Organizations and businesses around the state are increasingly installing Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to support clean energy transportation choices and healthier air quality. If your organization or business plans to install a Level 2 charger, the Driving PA Forward program can help defray your costs with a rebate.
Driving PA Forward has approximately $7.7 million available for rebates for Level 2 chargers over a 5-year period that began in 2018.Up to $4,000 per plug is available.
(Note: DEP may periodically adjust the rebate amount; check website for current amount.)
All projects for which a rebate is requested must be approved in advance by DEP. PA organizations that submit complete and eligible applications will be provided rebate vouchers on a first come, first served basis. Complete applications that meet eligibility criteria will receive a voucher to hold their rebate funding for their project for 180 days.
DEP will only accept rebate applications submitted through the Department of Community and Economic Development’s (DCED) Electronic Single Application website, eGrants, at: https://www.esa.dced.state.pa.us/Login.aspx.
Please see the Level 2
EV Charging Rebate Program Application Instructions guide for detailed, step-by-step instructions for registering in eGrants and applying for the rebate.
Want a guaranteed return on investment AND do something about Global Warming? Want to go plug in but have range anxiety? Worried about the technology? Worry about your electrical system? This workshop is for you! Learn from people who made the switch. Learn about power required, slow and fast charge rates, how to find places to plug in and why these include vehicles with lower to lowest total cost of ownership.