Delaware Electric Vehicle Navigator: Your Roadmap to Rebates and Deadlines

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Delaware has recently enacted clean car regulations stipulating that automotive manufacturers are obligated to incrementally supply higher proportions of electric vehicles within the state, commencing in 2026. 

This requirement progressively escalates, culminating in a mandate for 82% of new cars to be electric by the year 2032.

Only plug-in hybrids typically qualify for rebates and tax credits among various hybrid options.

Mild hybrids, like the Ford Puma, Audi A8, and Hyundai Tucson, incorporate an electric motor and battery primarily supporting auxiliary systems.

Regular hybrids, such as the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Hyundai Sonata, operate as electric vehicles at lower speeds, switching to a gas-powered engine at higher speeds, relying on regenerative braking for charging.

Plug-in hybrids, like the Jeep Wrangler 4xe, Chevy Volt, Toyota Prius, and RAV4, can be charged with electricity and gasoline, with the battery as the primary power source, recharging through regenerative braking.

Fuel cell electric cars, including the Toyota Mirai, Honda Clarity, and Hyundai Nexo, use hydrogen gas converted into electric energy through a fuel cell engine.

Eligibility for Delaware Clean Vehicle Rebate Program

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Delaware has recently enacted clean car regulations stipulating that automotive manufacturers are obligated to incrementally supply higher proportions of electric vehicles within the state, commencing in 2026.

The Delaware Clean Vehicle Rebate Program offers incentives of up to $2,500 for electric vehicles and $1,000 for plug-in hybrids. 

Supplementary rebates are provided for the installation of home charging stations, with amounts reaching up to $2,500 for single port chargers and $5,000 for dual port chargers.

Notably, these rebates are exclusively accessible at select dealerships within the state. 

Federal tax credits, capped at $7,500, are applicable to both new and used vehicles. 

Eligibility and the awarded amount for rebates or tax credits depend on factors like the car model, vehicle price, and the gross income of the household.

To qualify for a rebate, the purchaser of an electric vehicle must be a Delaware resident, regardless of the vehicle’s original purchase location. 

Delaware maintains a list of eligible vehicles for rebates, and a corresponding list for federal tax credits is available online.

For statewide rebates, the total vehicle price, including any fees, must not exceed $50,000. Federal tax credit limitations stipulate that the sale price cannot exceed $80,000 for vans, sport utility vehicles, and pickup trucks, and $55,000 for other vehicles. 

Additionally, the adjusted gross income must not surpass $300,000 for married couples, $225,000 for heads of households, and $150,000 for all other filers.

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