CHICAGO (WLS) -- A new rebate program has opened to encourage Illinoisans to buy all-electric vehicles.
Starting Friday, anyone who buys an electric vehicle can apply for a $4,000 rebate from the state for their purchase.
There's also a $1,500 rebate available for people who buy electric motorcycles.
The program was created under the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) passed by the General Assembly and signed by Governor Pritzker in the fall of 2021.
"With our nation-leading rebate program, it's never been more affordable for Illinois residents to buy and drive an electric vehicle," said Governor JB Pritzker. "My administration understands that the clean energy transition is only as effective as it is accessible. From these $4,000 rebates to our workforce development programs to help coal communities move into clean energy jobs, we are laser-focused on making Illinois a leader in addressing climate change and ensuring no community is left behind."
To be eligible for a rebate, the vehicle must be exclusively powered and refueled by electricity, plugged in to charge, and licensed to drive on public roadways. Electric mopeds, electric off-highway vehicles, hybrid electric or extended-range electric vehicles that are also equipped with conventional fueled propulsion or auxiliary engines are not eligible under the program.
Eligibility requirements for an EV rebate in Illinois include, but are not limited to:
As required under CEJA, Illinois EPA will prioritize the review of applications from low-income purchasers and award rebates to purchasers accordingly. Low income is defined as persons and families whose income does not exceed 80 percent of the State median income, as established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Applications are being accepted through the end of September.