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Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program: Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Rebates

The Alternative Fuel Vehicle Program is currently accepting applications via our eGrants electronic application submission process.

The program provides rebates to consumers for the purchase of new plug-in hybrid, plug-in electric, natural gas, propane and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

Only Pennsylvania residents are eligible for a rebate.

*Beginning August 31, 2018, DEP will be implementing the following changes to the rebate program. The program offered will be reassessed on June 30, 2019.*

Rebate amounts for Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV), Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) and Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicles supported by the program will be as follows.

  • A $2,000 rebate for BEV and PHEVs with a battery capacity greater than or equal to 85kWh.
  • A $2,000 rebate for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles
  • The eligible vehicle final purchase price cap is increased from $50,000 to $60,000 for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles and BEVs and PHEVs with a battery capacity equal to or greater than 60 kWh.
  • A $1750 rebate is available for BEV and PHEVs with a battery capacity less than 85 kWh and equal to or greater than 30kWh.
  • A $1000 rebate is available for BEV and PHEVs with a battery capacity greater than or equal to 10kWh and less than 30kWh.
  • A $750 rebate for BEV and PHEV's with a battery capacity less than 10kWh.

In addition, one-time preowned AFV with 75,000 miles or less are now eligible to receive a rebate of $750 with no county restrictions. An additional rebate of $500 is available on all vehicles if the applicant meets the low-income requirement of a household income that is below 200% of the Federal Income Poverty level. See the low income guidance below.

Leased alternative fuel vehicles are now eligible for a rebate.

Low income requirement: Eligible applicants must have a household income that is below 200 percent of the Federal Income Poverty level, as defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services poverty guidelines.1. Applicants are required to report and verify eligibility using either Federal or State tax returns. Please see the chart below to determine low income eligibility.

2018 Percentages of Federal Poverty Guidelines (Effective 01/18/18 – Source: DHHS)
Household/Family Size Eligible income1
1 $24,280
2 $32,920
3 $41,560
4 $50,200
5 $58,840
6 $67,480

Rebate Amounts

Electric and Electric Hybrids
  • $2,000 rebate for a Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) or Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) (battery system capacity must be equal to or greater than 85 kWh).*
  • $1,750 rebate for a Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) or Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) (battery system capacity must be equal to or greater than 30 kWh and less than 85 kWh).*
  • $1,000 rebate for a PHEV or BEV (battery system capacity must be equal to or greater than 10 kWh and less than 30 kWh).*
  • $750 rebate for a PHEV or BEV (battery system capacity less than 10 kWh).*

*(Includes electric motorcycles, ATVs, and low speed electric vehicles)

CNG and Propane
  • $1,000 rebate for a Natural Gas (CNG) fueled vehicle including original equipment manufacturer (OEM) / Certified Retrofits only.
  • $1,000 rebate for a Propane (LPG) fueled vehicle including OEM/Certified Retrofits only.
Hydrogen
  • $2,000 rebate for a Hydrogen and/or Fuel Cell (FC) vehicle
Restrictions:
  • Flexible fuel, non-plug–in hybrid and biodiesel vehicles are not eligible for a rebate.
  • Companies are not eligible to receive a rebate.
  • Applications must be submitted within 6 months from the day the vehicle was purchased. Applications received after that time will not be considered

Consumers may submit applications for up to 6 months after the date of purchase. Consumers should be aware that funds may be depleted before their rebate application can be processed.
Please note: rebates issued as a part of this program are taxable income and will result in the issuance of a 1099 form for the taxable year in which you received the rebate.
Click on the links below to download the instruction manual (program guidance document).

Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Rebate Guidance
For assistance with the eGrants system, please contact DCED Customer Service.
Customer Service
1-800-379-7448
M-F 8:30 – 5:00

ra-dcedcs@pa.gov

For program-specific assistance with the AFV Rebate Program call:
Toll Free: 866-294-3854
Harrisburg Area: 717-214-3492