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""Taking public transit, walking, or riding your bike can all get you where you’re going in an eco-friendly way, but there’s another way to reduce the carbon footprint on your next trip.

Buying or leasing a low- or zero-emission vehicle can help you go a little greener and save money on gas. To encourage more commuters to take this route, the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) created a rebate program — Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles (MOR-EV).

What Is MOR-EV?

The MOR-EV program gives money back to Massachusetts residents who buy or lease a qualifying electric vehicle. Rebates range from $750 to $2,500 depending on what car or motorcycle you choose.  Since the program started in 2014, MOR-EV has reserved and given out more than $4 million in rebates.

Can I Get a Rebate for My Electric Vehicle?

There are four types of eco-friendly vehicles that may qualify:

  • Battery electric vehicles (BEV)
  • Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV)
  • Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV)
  • Zero-emission motorcycles (ZEM)

Check out the full list of vehicles that are eligible for MOR-EV to find out if you’re racing toward a rebate.

If you own or lease a vehicle on the list, you have to meet a few requirements too:

  • Be a Massachusetts resident
  • Apply for the rebate within three months of buying or leasing a new electric vehicle
    • If you sign a lease, it must be for at least 36 months

How Do I Apply for an Electric Vehicle Rebate?

You can apply for MOR-EV online by clicking “Apply Now” next to the picture of your vehicle. Then, you’ll be asked to fill out an online form about your vehicle and the dealership where you bought or leased it.

After you submit the form, CSE will email you to ask for some supporting documents they need to check your application. Remember to email or mail your supporting documents to CSE within 14 days, or you’ll have to start the application process over.

Some of the supporting documents you may need include copies of your:

  • Signed application
  • Massachusetts registration certificate of the vehicle
  • Final sales or lease contract with a list of any credits, discounts, and incentives you received
  • Massachusetts driver’s license or other valid proof of residency

What Happens After I Apply for an Electric Vehicle Rebate?

If you are approved for a rebate, you will get a check for the full amount within 75 days. If your application is rejected, you can email DOER MOR-EV Project Liaison Stephen Russell at Stephen.Russell@state.ma.us to appeal the decision.

Rebates from the MOR-EV program come from a set amount of money and are given out on a first-come, first-served basis. Check the available funding for MOR-EV  before you apply to make sure there is enough money left for you to get a rebate.

Keep in mind that — if you do get a rebate — you have to register the vehicle with the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) and keep it for 36 months from the day you bought it. You can’t resell or trade in the car or motorcycle before then.

Where Can I Learn More About MOR-EV?

The Commonwealth runs electric vehicle test drives several times a year at informational events around the state. Visit Mass Drive Clean to find one near you.

If you have questions about the MOR-EV program, email mor-ev@energycenter.org or call (866) 900-4223. MOR-EV staff members are available from 11 a.m.–8  p.m. You can also leave a message before or after hours and get a call back by the next business day.

Do you know someone with a new electric car or motorcycle? Make sure they don’t miss out on MOR-EV — share this article. Stay informed about other Commonwealth programs and services by following @MassGov.

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