Good morning Baltimore! And a cheery hello to all you advanced-powertrain vehicle advocates in California too.
Both states just made life a little sweeter for plug-in vehicle drivers, so Kanye West might want to consider getting Kim Kardashian a Tesla for their upcoming nuptials.
The state of California, per the California Air Resources Board (CARB), has just cleared another $25 million for vehicle-rebate applicants through June 30, the end of their fiscal year. This is great news for residents seeking funds for zero-emission and plug-in vehicle incentives because the Golden State had run out of funds earlier this month. Now new green car buyers can expect the state to ante up a $2,500 incentive for zero-emissions cars and $1,500 for plug-in hybrids.
As for Maryland, Tracy Turnblad and her Hairspray-loving cohorts can sing a chorus of “You Can’t Stop the Beat” to a new provision passed by the General Assembly that extends its electric-vehicle tax credit by three years to June 30, 2017. This law, which also boosts the maximum possible plug-in vehicle incentive to $3,000 from $1,000, has not yet been signed to law, but we can hear the bells and they sound like music to the ears of green car lovers of the Old Line State.
Just in case Tesla was looking for a prime location for its 101st recharging station, the tax credit for plug-in vehicle recharging stations in Maryland would also increase to $900 for individuals and $5,000 for businesses from the current $400. That’s a lot to sing about!
But the news isn’t just sunny for California and Baltimore, green car aficionados throughout the nation could see a little extra green for their car purchase thanks to Vermont Representative Peter Welch, who wants to increase the current maximum tax credit of $7,500 to $10,000. That’s great news for Tesla fans everywhere!