Guide to Buying Hybrid and Electric Cars in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

Massachusetts offers plenty of reasons to make the move to an electric, hybrid, or plug-in hybrid vehicle. If the state rebates aren’t enough to entice you (along with the available federal tax credits), consider the reserved parking spots for electrics and plug-ins at Logan’s increasingly crowded Central Parking. Plus, there’s always the hours spent commuting every day to nudge you toward a more fuel-efficient set of wheels. The price at the pump may have eased recently, but the days of $1 gallons are gone forever, so read on for a quick guide to buying hybrid and electric cars in MA.

Massachusetts Rebate Offers

Apart from the feel-good factor on the environmental side, the most appealing option for hybrid and electric car owners in Massachusetts is MOR-EV, or the Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles program. The program’s purpose is pretty simple: “MOR-EV provides rebates of up to $2,500 for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and plug-in hybrid light-duty vehicles.”

So what does the MOR-EV mission mean for you? Here’s where things get a little more complicated. There are four types of vehicles eligible for rebates, and here’s how it shakes out:

1. Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) – $2,500 Rebate

BEVs are fully electric, zero-emission vehicles, and they qualify for the biggest rebate that Massachusetts offers ($2,500.) Colonial sells a number of BEVs, including the VW e-Golf, the Nissan LEAF, the Chevy Spark EV, the Ford Focus Electric, and the Honda Fit EV.

2. Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) – $2,500 Rebate

FCEVs are a less popular choice than battery electric vehicles and hybrids and are tougher to find in the Bay State. They run on compressed hydrogen fuel and have yet to gain much traction in the market.

3. Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) – $1,500 to $2,500 Rebate

PHEVs can be driven with gas, electricity, or both and are what often come to mind when you think of a hybrid car. Depending on which hybrid you purchase, your Massachusetts rebate will be either $2,500 or $1,500. Colonial sells the Chevy Volt, which qualifies for the full $2,500 rebate. We also offer the Ford Fusion Energi, the Ford C-MAX Energi, and the Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid, all of which qualify for a rebate of $1,500.

How to Get Your Rebate

If you’ve purchased your vehicle on or after June 18, 2014, then you can begin the application process at the MOR-EV site. Of course, if you decide to purchase your electric or hybrid car at Colonial, we can help make sure that the rebate is already taken off the price, so there’s no need to bother with applying.

Also, 36-month leases of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles are eligible for the rebates, so you don’t need to purchase the car outright to qualify! And remember that the rebates won’t last forever – once the MOR-EV funds are exhausted, that could signal the end of the program for good. As of September 2015, more than 75% of the rebate funds have already been issued or reserved, so make sure you don’t wait any longer if you’re considering a plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle! Let Colonial help you take advantage of the savings before it’s too late.

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