New York adds electric-car purchase incentives, Minnesota may follow

Purchase incentives have proven to be a powerful tool for electric-car adoption in those states that offer them.

And now it seems two more states may be ready to join that group.

New York has just added budget provisions for an electric-car incentive program during the upcoming fiscal year, and Minnesota is close to passing similar measures as well.

On Friday, Empire State lawmakers passed a budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year that includes electric-car incentives, the National Resources Defense Council noted in a blog post.

The program will offer rebates to buyers of battery-electric cars, plug-in hybrids, and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, with a maximum rebate of $2,000.

New York has promoted electric cars in other ways, such as encouraging the installation of public charging stations, but actual incentives have been MIA until now.

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