Hawaii has recharged its electric vehicle rebate program again with $350,000 and once again has extended the deadline to apply for rebates on new electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles to Nov. 1, officials said Tuesday.
The state in late January had added $150,000 to the Hawaii EV Ready Rebate Program and extended the deadline to March 31.
But the increase in demand for electric vehicles prompted state energy officials to extend the program once more.
“Expanding the EV Ready Rebate Program not only helps consumers today, it provides a long-term solution as we work towards reaching energy independence,” said Mark Glick, energy program administrator for the State Energy Office. “The widespread adoption of EVs is critical if we are to reach the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative goal of displacing 385 million gallons of oil for ground transportation fuel by 2030.”
The rebates of up to $4,500 for the purchase of electric vehicles, and $500 for chargers, are available on a first-come, first-served basis through Nov. 1 or whenever the funds run out, whichever comes first, the state said.
In the past year, the state has approved a total of 618 rebates for 372 electric vehicles and 246 chargers, which has left the program with $37,000 remaining. The additional money will increase the available funds to $387,000.