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I’m in love . . . with electric vehicles (EV). They’re cool, clean and comfortable. I want one for the performance, the ongoing financial savings, and the reduction in air pollution.

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Author’s dream car

While not currently in the market for a new car, I was fortunate to test drive the Tesla S and the Nissan LEAF this summer at a workplace charging workshop sponsored by the Mass. Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and the Mass. Clean Cities Coalition. In October, I was able to drive a LEAF for most of the day with other energy and environmental officials on a three-city tour promoting public incentive programs and private investments in zero-emission vehicles and electric charging infrastructure.

Here are the sweeteners. DOER is offering a consumer rebate through MOR-EV, with rebates up to $2,500 for a variety of EVs. Partnered with a $7,500 tax credit from the federal government, you have even “MOR” reason to consider choosing electric. MassDEP’s MassEVIP program is providing grants for cities and towns to buy EVs and install electric charging stations. Private entities can also apply for grants for charging stations, building the public and private charging infrastructure to boost drivers’ confidence that they’ll have a place to charge their cars.

EVs charging in Wellesley office park

EVs charging in Wellesley office park

There’s no time to waste and every reason to consider cleaning your ride. More than half of the purchase rebates have been claimed and the MassEVIP program grants are in demand as well.

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