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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: August 31, 2022 01:27 PM
From: Representative Joe Ciresi
To: All House members
Subject: Helping Pennsylvanians Afford Hybrid and Alternative Fuel Vehicles
When gas prices jump like we saw in the past year, ordinary Pennsylvanians feel the pain at the pump. Driving a fuel-efficient vehicle is a way to reduce the impact of volatility in gas prices, and more Americans have cited gas prices as a reason they are considering purchasing an electric or hybrid car. But even with better fuel economy, electric and hybrid vehicles often end up financially out-of-reach for too many households, leaving them at risk to gas price volatility.
That is why I am proposing a package of bills to make hybrid and electric vehicles more accessible to middle class Pennsylvanians. Not only will this help Pennsylvanians save money in times of high gas prices through better fuel economy, but by working to reduce gasoline demand we can contribute to lowering gas prices for everyone. Expanding the use of alternative fuel vehicles will also reduce emissions and toxic contaminants, helping the environment and improving public health.
Please join me in cosponsoring this package of bills for financial incentives that would put more hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles in the hands of those who would like to own them, unlocking paths to savings for more of our constituents.

Document #1

Introduced as HB2801

Description: This legislation would create an Alternative Fuel Vehicle Purchase Rebate Program to provide residents of Pennsylvania with rebates for the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles.  This rebate of 6% of the vehicle’s total purchase price would effectively refund the state sales tax and be limited to a maximum rebate amount of $3,000.
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Document #2

Introduced as HB2802

Description: This legislation would codify the state’s Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate Program, double the current rebate amounts offered under the Program, and add hybrid vehicles as an eligible vehicle type.
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Document #3

Introduced as HB2803

Description: This legislation would help residents with the one-time costs of electric vehicle charger installation, expanding access by reducing a barrier to at-home charging, by establishing an Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Tax Credit. This tax credit would be up to $750 for the installation of a Level 1 charging port and $4,000 for the installation of a Level 2 charging port.
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Document #4

Introduced as HB2804

Description: This legislation would establish a five-year Green Vehicle Pilot Program.  Applicants who own green vehicles, which include electric and hybrid vehicles, would receive an EZ-Pass account credit from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.  Battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles would be eligible for a $200 account credit, and hybrid electric vehicles would be eligible for a $100 account credit.
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Document #5

Introduced as HB2805

Description: This legislation would waive the registration fee for new and leased motor vehicles (not including motorcycles and motorized bicycles) with an estimated average city fuel economy of at least 40 miles per gallon, as determined by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and United States Department of Energy, for the first two years of the vehicle’s registration.
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