The rebate will launch on April 1, 2017.
Looking to ‘go green’? Now is the time, as the state of New York is willing to pay prospective car owners $2,000 if they invest in an electric vehicle. The initiative, which launches April 1st (and is not a joke), covers both zero-emission and plug-in electric hybrid vehicles. According to state Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, a Westchester County Democrat who leads the Assembly energy committee, the reason for the rebate is simple: officials want electric vehicles to become more “mainstream.” She told The Associated Press:
“We want to make electric vehicles a mainstream option. They are becoming more affordable and we need to encourage them.”
As Engadget points out, the state is somewhat behind in terms of offering a financial incentive to buy eco-friendly cars. Over three-quarters of the U.S. has already implemented some kind of state-level discount, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
In less than a month, however, an electric car or plug-in hybrid buyer could save up to $10,000 on a car’s sticker price if they qualify for the federal credit and the rebate being offered by the state of New York.
“Consumers want to buy these vehicles,” Peter Iwanowicz, executive director of Environmental Advocates of New York. “It’s just unfortunate the agency decided to slow walk it.”
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