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October 9, 2017

As electric car sales accelerate, environmental advocates still worry

{Dealership manager with EV} (hartfordbusiness.com) In recent years, Hoffman Ford Lincoln general sales manager Billy Genereux has sold and leased from his East Hartford show room an increasing number of plug-in hybrid vehicles, which can run on both electricity and gasoline.

"We've been ordering a lot more the last couple years," said Genereux, noting that Ford C-Max and Fusion Energi have been the most popular brands with customers.

For every electric vehicle, or EV, Hoffman moves, the state pays the dealership $300. For buyers, the incentive is much higher - as much as $3,000 for a qualifying plug-in hybrid or battery electric vehicle, depending on the model, and $5,000 for a fuel-cell electric car. Combined with a federal rebate of as much as $7,500, buyers can reduce the cost of an EV significantly.

"It makes it really appealing," Genereux said. Read more >>

October 9, 2017

Fuel-cell vehicles await their moment

{Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicle} (hartfordbusiness.com) Of the 5,565 electric vehicles (EV) registered in Connecticut, three are powered by fuel cells - which convert compressed hydrogen gas into electricity.

Fuel cell vehicles, or FCEVs, could help Connecticut's EV ambitions, but it will require the state to adopt hydrogen fueling stations to become a factor.

"That is a huge barrier to moving forward," said Joel Rinebold, director of energy initiatives at the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, which administers the Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster.

But progress is being made. Air Liquide, in conjunction with Toyota, is slated to open the state's first commercial-scale hydrogen station by year's end. There's another facility at Proton OnSite in Wallingford. Read more >>

September 25, 2017

Report: CT dealer incentive for electric-car sales works

{CHEAPR Logo} (greencarreports.com) Connecticut ushered in a unique electric-car incentive in 2014, and the first points of data on its effectiveness have now been published.

The Connecitcut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate (CHEAPR) program not only provides a direct incentive for consumers to buy electric cars, it also awards cash to the dealership that sells one.

The program was designed to motivate dealers to sell electric cars, since it's generally easier to peddle gasoline-powered vehicles, which are often more profitable as well.

After two years, a study deems the program successful in motivating dealer salespeople to spend more time with customers who say they are interested in electric cars. Read more >>

November 18, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: Gov. Malloy Announces Funding to Continue Connecticut's Popular Rebate Program for Electric Vehicles

{Govenor Malloy speaking at 2016 CT Auto Show} Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that due to the ongoing success of a consumer rebate program he launched last year to promote the sale of electric vehicles (EVs), an additional $2.7 million in new funding is being made available to continue this popular initiative. He made the announcement during the opening ceremony of the 2016 Connecticut International Auto Show in Hartford, which brings together dozens of manufacturers and car dealers to showcase their latest models being offered to consumers, including many EVs.

The Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate Program - known as "CHEAPR" - provides a cash rebate for residents, businesses, and municipalities who purchase or lease a battery electric, fuel cell, or plug-in hybrid vehicle. Fuel cell powered EVs receive the largest rebate of $5,000, while plug-in hybrid and full battery electric EVs receive incentives ranging from $750 to $3,000, based on battery size. Read Full Press Release>>

 

Chevrolet Volt: 2016 CHEAPR EV of the Year

{Commissioner Klee presenting CHEAPR Award} During today's Connecticut International Auto Show opening ceremony, Commissioner Klee recognized the Chevy Volt as the first ever "2016 CHEAPR EV of the Year" as the result of that vehicle's popularity under the CHEAPR program. Since the launch of the program, 327 Volts have received rebates - nearly double that of the second place EV. The second generation Volt has a 53-mile rated electric-only range. Nearly 90 percent of all trips can be made solely on electricity as the average driver travels no more than 40 miles per day.

"With a total range of up to 420 miles, the Volt offers the freedom to drive anywhere," Megan Scranton, Dealer Principle of Scranton Motors in Vernon, said. "Chevy continues to innovate, and we will soon see the new Chevy Bolt, recently named 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year with a 238-mile all-electric range, on show room floors in Connecticut." Read about past CHEAPR Award Winners>>

 

Additonal Press Coverage of CHEAPR

Hartford Courant - State Offers $2.7 Million To Spur Electric Vehicle Sales

WNPR - More Rebate Money Available for Purchasers of Electric Vehicles in Connecticut

HartfordBusiness.com - Electric vehicle rebate program gets $2.7M in funding

New Haven Register - Connecticut plans to hike consumer rebate for electric vehicle purchases

PostLatino.com - Gobernador Malloy anuncia la continuidad del financiamiento para autos electricos en Connecticut

CTNewsJunkie.com - Connecticut Increases Electric Vehicle Tax Credit For Some Vehicles

October 5, 2016

Westport Library Adds Electric Vehicle Chargers

{Westport Library EV Charging Station} (westportnow.com) Two electric vehicle chargers have been installed on the upper level parking lot at the Westport Library.

According to Library Facility Manager Paul Mazzaccaro, the chargers are now operational and are funded by a grant from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).

Also, two electric vehicle chargers were installed in the parking lot of Staples High School, adjacent to the Nistico Sports Complex. Read more >>

 

 

August 8, 2016

Middletown Adds Six Electric Vehicles to City Fleet

{Ford Focus EV charging in Middletown} (courant.com) Six electric vehicles now being used as part of the city fleet give municipal employees the ability to make zero-emission, low-cost trips for the short drives they make around town every day.

Each 2016 Ford Focus Electric can drive up to 76 miles on a single charge, saving the city a projected $672 in gasoline costs each year - meaning that, all told, the six vehicles could save a total of more than $4,000 in fuel costs annually.

Middletown applied for a state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection grant last year and in December was awarded $115,064, which also paid for the purchase and installation of six charging stations with two ports each. The city was required to match $78,606 to receive the grant.

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June 30, 2016

7 States With the Best Green Car Incentives

{Chevy Volt} (hybridcars.com) Here's a trick question: How much will you have to pay for a new Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, Ford Fusion Energi, Tesla, or some other plug-in electrified vehicle?

If you live in the U.S., the answer is it all depends on the state in which you live and/or register the car.

Aside from a $2,500 to $7,500 federal tax credit depending on the vehicle's battery size, people buying or leasing may also benefit from a menu of state incentives, most notably a cash rebate or tax credit, on top of the federal allotment.

State-level perks are made available under qualified terms to compensate for the extra expense associated with plug-in hybrid, battery electric, and in cases hydrogen fuel cell and other alternative fuel vehicles. Like your fuel mileage, state-offered dollar amounts do vary - from very generous down to zero.

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June 9, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: DEEP Announces Electric Vehicle Champion Award and New Funding to Promote Electric Vehicles

{Commissioner Klee speaking at CHEAPR Event} At a ceremony today honoring Stevens Ford for selling more Electric Vehicles (EV) than any other dealer in the state, Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced that it is strengthening efforts to promote the sale of EVs with additional funding for a consumer rebate initiative.

"With the spring and summer car-buying season upon us, now is the perfect time to think about the advantages offered by EVs," said DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee. "One of the biggest advantages is the rebate we have offered up to $3,000 for those who purchase or lease an eligible vehicle under our Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate (CHEAPR) program. We are now strengthening that program with the addition of $1 million in new funding that’s putting money right back in the pocket of car buyers." Read Full Press Release>>

 

Additonal Press Coverage of CHEAPR

Hartford Courant - State Expanding Electric Car Incentive Program By $1 Million

Connecticut Post - Milford Dealership Leads in Electric Car Sales

HartfordBusiness.com - CT Adds Another $1M to Electric-Vehicle Rebates

New Haven Register - Electric Vehicle Program in Connecticut Gets Infusion of Cash

WTNH - DEEP Pushes for More Electric Cars to Cut Down on Pollution

June 1, 2016

DEEP Announces New Funding for EV Charging Stations

{DEEP logo} DEEP is pleased to announce that funding is now available for municipalities and state agencies for a minimum of fourteen new publicly accessible EV charging stations across the state with awards of covering up to 100% of project costs. DEEP is interested in proposals to install EV charging stations at major traffic generators such as town halls, downtown areas or other central destinations that are underserved by existing charging stations.

The goal of this program is to support CTís Path towards putting 3.3 million EVs on the road by 2025. The closing date for applications is Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 5:00 pm. More Info>>

May 24, 2016

Connecticut Among The States Where It Pays To Buy A New Electric Car

{Map of US showing Where it pays to buy an Electric Car} (courant.com) What's the best place in the country to buy a new electric car?

That honor arguably goes to Colorado, whose legislature just passed a bill that, starting in 2017, will effectively give consumers a $5,000 discount at the dealership. Throw in an existing nationwide federal subsidy for futuristic, low-carbon vehicles powered by electricity, and Colorado residents could rack up as much as $12,500 in potential tax credits.

As the demand rises for high-tech electric vehicles (EVs) that can travel hundreds of miles on a single charge, we thought it'd be worth looking at which state governments offer the best incentives for folks who are looking to make the jump. Electric cars have a number of advantages over conventional gasoline-powered vehicles, such as a lack of emissions and vastly superior torque. They have some disadvantages too, but a number of states believe the technology is important enough to dangle money in front of drivers for considering them. Read more >>

April 20, 2016

Editorial - Public Charging Stations Increasing

{EV Charging Stations at Stop & Shop in Wallingford, CT} (myrecordjournal.com) Little by little, the number of public charging stations for electric vehicles is increasing in this area.

Southington has installed two stations - one at the Municipal Center and one at the Southington Library - and has purchased an electric vehicle. Cheshire's Planning and Zoning Commission has approved a charging station for the Big Y plaza. Last fall, two charging stations were installed at the Stop & Shop in Wallingford.

This is good news, even though it's just a beginning. After all, gasoline stations far outnumber charging stations, just as fossil fuel-burning cars still vastly outnumber electric cars. And often it takes a state grant to encourage a business to install a public charging station. But it's a start. Read more >>

April 7, 2016

Air Liquide Announces Locations of Several Hydrogen Fueling Stations in Northeast U.S.A.

{Air Liquide Logo} (marketwired.com) Air Liquide announced today locations of four hydrogen fueling stations planned for the northeastern region of the United States. The stations will be open to the public, providing consumers in the region with the infrastructure required for zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).

The stations are the first of twelve hydrogen stations planned by Air Liquide in the northeast United States, in collaboration with Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc. Initially, the network of hydrogen stations will span approximately 300 miles across five states and will support the introduction of hydrogen FCEVs on the East Coast, including the Toyota Mirai. The stations are slated to open to the public by early 2017.

Air Liquide has entered long-term lease agreements for hydrogen stations in the following cities: Hartford, Connecticut; Braintree, Massachusetts; Mansfield, Massachusetts; Bronx, New York.

The hydrogen supplied by Air Liquide will be produced off-site and delivered to the stations. The stations, designed and constructed by Air Liquide, will be capable of fueling a hydrogen FCEV in approximately 5 minutes and will offer a typical vehicle fueling experience. Hydrogen FCEVs can have a range of more than 300 miles (500 km) per fill, depending on the model. The stations have the capacity to support other auto manufacturers as they begin to bring hydrogen FCEVs into the region. Read more >>

April 7, 2016

DEEP Announces Additional Funding for Public Fleet EV and Public Workplace EV Charging Station Incentive Program

{EV Charging at a Workplace} DEEP is pleased to announce that additional funding is now available for municipalities and state agencies for fleet electric vehicle (EV) purchases and/or workplace charger installation.

Utilizing funds made available through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, DEEP will provide a reimbursement of up to $15,000 per EV and up to $10,000 per charger meeting the program guidance specifications, to a maximum of six EVs and chargers per grant recipient!

Municipalities and state agencies can demonstrate leadership and their commitment to market development of zero emission vehicles (ZEV) through the purchase of EVs and the installation of EV charging stations for their workplace. The goal of this program is to support ongoing efforts towards putting 3.3 million EVs on the road by 2025.

Specific details about this exciting new program and other great EV incentives can be found at www.EVConnecticut.com. All inquiries regarding this program should be directed to Lakeisha Christopher, Lakiesha.Christopher@ct.gov. The closing date for applications is Monday, May 4, 2016 at 5:00 pm. Learn more >>

March 21, 2016

Stafford Awarded Grant, Purchases Two Electric Cars

{Chevy Volt} (courant.com) A sizable grant awarded the Town of Stafford in December has made it possible for the town to purchase two Chevy Volt electric cars for town and Board of Education employee use.

The town already has two electric charging stations and will be adding four more in the coming months.

"We currently have two charging stations at town hall and we'll be adding two more here, as well as one at both the senior center and at public works," said First Selectman Tony Frassinelli.

Frassinelli said the installation is being put out to bid and they hope to have the work completed in the next month or two. Read more >>

February 22, 2016

EV Market is at Full Charge in Connecticut

(ctnewsjunkie.com) The electric vehicle (EV) market is fully charged. It's been about twenty years in the making but from where we sit there is no turning back now.

We are seeing the proof in three areas.

First, despite record low gas prices EV demand is up by consumers and manufacturers are doubling down on their product development. In the past, we have seen upswings in SUVs when gas prices have fallen, remember the Hummer. This shows the current demand for the EV market is not just driven by consumer demand for lower gas costs, but also the satisfaction for helping the environment and the car itself is becoming fun to drive.
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February 9, 2016

Plug-in Electrified Cars Are Up To $3,000 CHEAPR in Connecticut

{CHEAPR Logo} (hybridcars.com) Since last May plug-in cars like the Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S, Chevy Volt and several others effectively cost $3,000 less than their suggested prices in Connecticut, but apparently the word of free money has still not spread very far. (DEEP Note: The Tesla Model S is not an eligible vehicle under the CHEAPR program)

Whatís this, you ask? Collusion between manufacturers? No, not quite, and technically MSRPs are the same as anywhere else, but Connecticut offers its residents $3,000 cash-on-the-hood rebates for these cars at the time of sale, thus making them that much cheaper.

The name of its point-of-sale rebate plan that offers buyers $750-$3,000 depending on the car is therefore appropriately enough called just that: CHEAPR. This is an acronym for Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate Program. Read more >>

December 8, 2015

DEEP Announces New Funding for EV Charging Stations

{DEEP logo} DEEP is pleased to announce that funding is now available for a minimum of twenty-five new publicly accessible EV charging stations across the state with awards of up to $10,000 per charging station. DEEP is interested in proposals to install EV charging stations at major traffic generators, downtown areas or other central destinations that are underserved by existing charging stations.

The goal of this program is to support CTís Path towards putting 3.3 million EVs on the road by 2025. The closing date for applications is Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 5:00 pm.

More Info>>

December 3, 2015

International Alliance Aims for All New Cars To Be Zero-Emission by 2050

{ZEV Alliance Logo} (zevalliance.org) Thirteen North American and European governments announced today that they will strive to make all new passenger vehicles in their jurisdictions zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) by no later than 2050. Achieving this will accelerate the global transition to ZEVs and could reduce transportation sector climate impacts by more than 1 billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year by 2050, lowering global vehicle emissions by about 40 percent.

The governments, which are participants in the International ZEV Alliance, include Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom in Europe; California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont in the United States; and Quebec in Canada. The International ZEV Alliance made this announcement during COP21 to highlight ZEVs as a key strategy to solving the climate crisis and to encourage further investments in ZEV technologies. ZEVs in use today include battery-electric, plug-in hybrid, and fuel cell vehicles.

Members of the International ZEV Alliance are committed to accelerating the global transition to ZEVs. Large-scale adoption of electric-drive vehicles, in concert with clean energy deployment, is essential for limiting climate change impacts such as sea level rise and increased in extreme weather, ending oil dependence, improving air quality, and growing the low-carbon economy. ZEVs can also offer consumers a multitude of other benefits such as improved performance, and lower fueling and maintenance costs.
Full Press Release >>

November 24, 2015

Electric Vehicles Take Center Stage at the Connecticut Auto Show

{CT Auto Show} (huffingtonpost.com) At this year's Connecticut Auto show, electric vehicles (EVs) stole the show. In fact, the Hartford Courant's headline said it all: "Connecticut International Auto Show Opens With Focus on Electric Cars." With thousands of participants in attendance, the show was the perfect arena to educate people about the wide range of benefits of EVs.

Governor Dannel Malloy, the mayor-elect of Hartford, and the Connecticut Electric Vehicle Coalition agreed. In fact, the ribbon-cutting of the auto show featured an award to the governor about his work to propel Connecticut's EVs forward. In presenting the award to the governor, Sierra Club volunteer leader Martin Mador said, "we're fortunate that Governor Malloy, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the Connecticut Auto Retailer Association, and others are starting to put the pedal to the metal... in jump-starting Connecticut's electric vehicle market."

Connecticut boasts what we believe is the most comprehensive EV consumer rebate program in the country, called CHEAPR. In addition to a $7,500 federal tax credit, Connecticut residents have access to a state rebate of up to $3,000 for the purchase or lease of a plug-in car. Unlike in other states with rebates where the consumer fills out a form and gets the rebate check weeks or months after getting the car, in Connecticut, the rebate happens right at the dealership, so the money is cash on the hood of the car.
Full Article >>

November 19, 2015

Connecticut International Auto Show Opens With Focus On Electric Cars

{CT Auto Show Ribbon Cutting} (courant.com) Electric and hybrid vehicles will take center stage at the Connecticut International Auto Show, which opens Friday and runs through the weekend.

The annual auto show at the Connecticut Convention Center comes as the state has announced additional funding for a program that offers a cash rebate of up to $3,000 for residents and $15,000 for municipalities purchasing an eligible electric vehicle under the Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate Program. The program is the first of its kind in the nation.

The car show is "the perfect time to focus attention on the advantages" of electric vehicles, said Commissioner Robert Klee of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. "Putting more Connecticut drivers behind the wheel of an [electric vehicle] is what it will take to drive down harmful carbon emissions linked to climate change, reduce conventional pollutants that threaten our air quality and public health, and help motorists reduce the cost of owning and operating a car." Full Article >>

November 18, 2015

DEEP Announces New Funding and Video to Promote Electric Vehicles

{CHEAPR Logo} (DEEP Press Release) Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced that it is strengthening efforts to promote the sale of Electric Vehicles (EVs) with additional funding for a consumer rebate initiative and grants to encourage state agencies and local governments to purchase these zero emissions vehicles and install charging stations.

"With the Connecticut International Auto Show opening Friday at the Connecticut Convention Center, now is the perfect time to focus attention on the advantages offered by EVs," said DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee. "We're doing just that by making an additional $1 million in funding available for a rebate program that's putting money right back in the pocket of those who purchase an EV and making another $1 million in grants available to state agencies and cities and towns who want to purchase EVs for their fleets and install charging stations for public use." Full Press Release >>

 

{EV Video - Link Opens in New Window}

In addition to the funding announcement today, DEEP also released a new video explaining the benefits of owning an EV and encouraging consumers to visit their local dealer and test drive an electric car today!

The video can be viewed on YouTube or, if you are unable to access YouTube, it can be viewed with full closed captioning in the DEEP video library (IE only).

 

 

Additional News Coverage of New Funding

Fairfield Daily Voice - Connecticut Offers More Rebates for Electric Vehicles

Next-Gen Transportation News - Connecticut Recharges Electric Vehicle Rebate Program With More Funds

November 5, 2015

Pomfret Installs Electric Vehicle Charger

{Pomfret EV Charging Station} (norwichbulletin.com) Pomfret recently got a little more energy conscious with the installment of an electric vehicle charging station in the Town Hall parking lot.

The dual-port station was paid for with a $10,000 grant through a state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection incentive program, which provides funding allowing municipalities to install chargers at high-traffic areas.

Outgoing First Selectwoman Maureen Nicholson said in accepting the state funds, the town will cover the cost of providing electricity to the station for three years. "But that cost is negligible - it costs about $1.60 to charge a vehicle for four hours," she said. "After three years, we'll add some sort of device to accept payment from drivers. This was never aimed at being any sort of profit-making enterprise."

Full Article >>

October 29, 2015

DEEP Announces New Public Fleet EV and Public Workplace EV Charging Station Incentive Program

{EV Charging at a Workplace} DEEP is pleased to announce that funding is now available for municipalities and state agencies for fleet electric vehicle (EV) purchases in conjunction with workplace charger installation.

Municipalities and state agencies can demonstrate leadership and their commitment to market development of zero emission vehicles (ZEV) through the purchase of EVs and the installation of EV charging stations for their workplace. The goal of this program is to support ongoing efforts towards putting 3.3 million EVs on the road by 2025.

Utilizing funds made available through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, DEEP will provide a reimbursement of up to $15,000 per EV and up to $10,000 per charger meeting the program guidance specifications, to a maximum of six EVs and chargers per grant recipient!

Specific details about this exciting new program and other great EV incentives can be found at www.EVConnecticut.com. All inquiries regarding this program should be directed to Lakeisha Christopher, Lakiesha.Christopher@ct.gov. The closing date for applications is Tuesday, December 8 at 5:00 pm. Learn more >>

October 16, 2015

Free EV charging station at Milford Library

{Milford Mayor Ben Blake at Milford Library Charging Station} (ctpost.com) Mayor Ben Blake and the City of Milford officially opened a new EV charging station behind the Milford Public Library at Fowler Field's commuter lot. A Chevy Volt, made available by Chevrolet of Milford, was on scene to demonstrate the new station's capability.

Financial support for this project was provided by Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. DEEP's grant funding covered the $10,000 purchase of the pedestal EV charging station which was installed by Milford's Department of Public Works.

Installation at the library will allow easy access for residents, as well as for the many visitors of Milford's downtown. Full Article>>

September 29, 2015

Global Alliance Accelerates Transition to Zero-Emission Vehicles

{ICCT Logo} (DEEP Press Release) Broadening its efforts to fight climate change and grow its clean energy economy, California is joining with 10 European and North American governments as founding partners of an international alliance to accelerate global adoption of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs).

Members of the International ZEV Alliance, which together account for more than a third of global electric vehicle sales, will cooperate to set ambitious targets to drive ZEV deployment, share data and best practice policies, and encourage other governments to join them. An agenda for expanding collaboration is outlined in a report released today by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT).

In addition to California, founding members of the alliance include The Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom in Europe; Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont in the United States; and Quebec. The alliance was launched last month, and the founding members were announced today at a signing event at the Quebec government office in New York. Full Press Release>>

September 28, 2015

Electric Vehicle Charging Station Added at Asnuntuck

{Speakers at New Canaan CHEAPR Event} (patch.com) Asnuntuck Community College (ACC) recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new Level 2 GE Electric DuraStation on their campus. Open to the public 24/7, the vehicle charging station will allow owners of electric vehicles to boost the energy in their car free of charge. It is capable of reducing charge time down to 2-4 hours.

Enfield Mayor Scott Kaupin commented, "Students tend to be on the cutting and leading edge with technology and this is an awesome location for it."

ACC President James Lombella told those gathered that the college partnered with the State of Connecticut to bring the station to the college and community. The college applied for and was awarded a grant from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for the charging station. The funding came through Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection as part of Connecticut's EV charging station grants. Full Article>>

July 28, 2015

State Touts Electric Vehicle Credits at New Canaan Dealership

{Speakers at New Canaan CHEAPR Event} (ctpost.com) Whatever hangups drivers might have about purchasing electric cars, a state-funded rebate is helping overcome them.

The Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Vehicle Purchase Rebate program, announced by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in May, provides rebates of up to $3,000 for the purchase of electric cars. The CHEAPR program, as its known, has already seen success, state leaders announced Tuesday.

Since the program's unveiling, more than $200,250 in rebates have been paid out or committed for 101 eligible electric vehicles. The rebates apply to eligible battery-electric, fuel-cell-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Full Article>>

July 1, 2015

Electric Vehicle Rebate Program Showing Early Success

{Speakers at New London CHEAPR Event} (theday.com) In the seven weeks since it began, nearly 70 Connecticut residents have taken advantage of the state program that offers rebates of up to $3,000 for the purchase or lease of an electric car.

"The $3,000 rebate is getting people into the showrooms," said state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Robert Klee during an event Tuesday at Carriage House Mercedes Benz to promote the new program. "These electric vehicles are essential to meeting the challenge of climate change and reducing air pollution." Full Article>>

 

 

June 8, 2015

Seymour Opens Electric Car Charging Station

{Seymour EV Charging Station} (NHregister.com) The town recently opened an electric car charging station downtown, the first of its kind in the lower Naugatuck Valley.

Economic Development Director Fred A. Messore said the charging station ties in with the state's ongoing commitment to become more environmentally-friendly by promoting clean energy. The station is located at the new fish bypass channel and adjoining town park on Wakeley Street.

"This is consistent to the state's Electric Vehicle Policy, EVConnecticut, which is a partnership between the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Connecticut Department of Transportation working to introduce more electric vehicles into Connecticut," Messore said. "Connecticut's cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy future depends on electric vehicles putting us on a path toward greater energy independence." Full Article>>

May 21, 2015

DEEP Announces New Rounds of EV Charging Station Incentives for Municipalities, State Agencies and Private Entities/Businesses

{DEEP logo} DEEP is pleased to announce that additional rounds of funding are now available for municipalities, state agencies and private entities/businesses to promote EV use by sponsoring EV charging stations at major traffic generators such as town halls, downtown areas, private businesses, or other central destinations that are underserved by existing charging stations. Awards are available up to $10,000 for municipalities and state agencies and up to $5,000 for private entities/businesses for installing EV charging stations which will be accessible to the public at no cost. The goal of this program is to support efforts towards putting 3.3 million EVs on the road by 2025. More Info>>

May 19, 2015

PRESS RELEASE: Gov. Malloy Announces New Incentive Providing Rebates of up to $3,000 to Buy or Lease a New Electric Vehicle

{CHEAPR Logo} Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that Connecticut is making it "cheaper" to purchase or lease an electric vehicle as a result of the Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate Program (CHEAPR).

Under this new initiative, a cash rebate of up to $3,000 is now available for Connecticut residents, businesses, and municipalities who purchase or lease an eligible electric vehicle (EV). EVs covered by CHEAPR include battery electric, fuel cell, and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Read Full Press Release>>

 

Additional News Coverage of CHEAPR

GreenCarReports.com - Connecticut Electric Car Incentives Unveilied, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars Included

InsideEVs.com - Connecticut Starts $3,000 Electric vehicle Rebate Program

AutoBlog.com - Meet The $1M Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate Program

Hartford Courant - Connecticut Offers Cash To Buyers, Sellers Of Electric Vehicles

FOX CT - New state initiative provides cash rebates for buying electric cars

CT Post - State to offer rebates for electric cars

New Britain Herald - Malloy announces electric car rebate program

New Haven Register - State launches incentive for electric vehicles

WTNH - News 8 - Rebate Offered for Those Who Buy Electric Cars

CTNews.com - Malloy: rebates offered to purchase electric cars

December 23, 2014

CT Ranks 11th in Electric Vehicle Adoption

(HartfordBusiness.com) Connecticut has 1.2 electric vehicles out of every 1,000 vehicles registered, ranking the state 11th in the nation, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Full Article>>

December 3, 2014

Killingly Electric Vehicle Charging Station Open

(NorwichBulletin.com) A new electric vehicle charging station is open for public use in Killingly. The Level II Charging Station can charge two vehicles simultaneously and is available 24 hours, free of charge for the next 3 years. The technology was made possible by a grant from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Full Article>>

May 30, 2014

8 State Alliance Releases Plan to Put 3.3 Million Zero-Emission Vehicles on the Road

{Cover of Multi State ZEV Action Plan} Connecticut and seven other states located on the East and West coasts today, released a collaborative Multi-State Action Plan to develop infrastructure, coordinate policies, codes and standards, and a consumer market primed to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) on the road by 2025. The plan identifies priority actions intended to promote and accommodate market growth consistent with ZEV sales requirements and includes a research agenda to inform future actions. More Info>>

October 24, 2013

Governors Announce Bold Initiative to put 3.3 Million Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) on the Road by 2025

Governor Malloy, along with the Governors of seven other states (CA, MD, MA, NY, OR, RI and VT) have agreed, in a ZEV Memorandum of Understanding, to share research and coordination on an education/outreach campaign to highlight the benefits of ZEVs to the public and to put 3.3 Million ZVs on these states' roads by 2025. More Info>>

 

 

 

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