In Illinois last week, Green Fleets announced that it has suspended its Alternative Fuel Rebate program.
Those who purchased alternative-fuel vehicles during or after 2014 will not receive a $4,000 rebate from the state that they might otherwise have expected.
Under the rebate program which begun in 1998, plug-in hybrid car buyers were able to attain rebates up to 80 percent of the incremental cost of the vehicle versus its fossil fuel powered confidante. The stipulation being, there was a $4,000 limit.
Over the past 15 years this plan has been in place, Illinois has dealt out over $14 million in rebates for upwards of 13,000 vehicles. Some of these vehicles included the Nissan Leaf, BMW i3, and Ford Focus EV to name a few, with the full list being posted over on the Illinois Green Fleet website.
According to representatives from the Illinois EPA there are no plans to to renew this rebate program, but there others similar. For instance, the Illinois Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Rebate Program is still divvying out up to 50 percent of the installment amount for a domestically created electric vehicle charging station of up to $3,000.
While this particular plan may have been phased out, Illinois still has plans to continue pushing a green energy focused agenda. Just last week, the Illinois General Assembly came forth with a bi-partisan backed piece of legislation in regards to green energy.
This legislation would allow the local utility company ComEd to invest $400 million in plug-in vehicle charging stations, as well as other community solar ventures.