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Connecticut To Retool Electric Car Incentive Program

David Zalubowski

Connecticut plans to provide incentives for low-income residents to afford electric vehicles, as part of its goal to have a zero-emission vehicle future.

There are currently close to 11,000 electric vehicles registered in Connecticut. The plan is to increase that to 125,000 by 2025.

Victoria Hackett, deputy commissioner for the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, says in January there will be a new board for the Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate, known as CHEAPR. And it will have a consistent funding stream.

“And one of the things we are going to be looking at for limited income folks is rebates for used vehicles. And also potentially more significant rebates for those with limited income.”

Hackett spoke at the 2019 Northeast Multimodal and Transit Summit organized by the Hartford-based Center for Latino Progress.

Connecticut currently offers incentives of up to $5,000 to residents who purchase or lease a new eligible electric vehicle.