Fun to drive. Less costly to operate. Cleaner for the environment. Drivers in Maine and around the world are making the switch to electric vehicles (EVs) for these reasons and more.
Efficiency Maine now offers instant rebates for eligible battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) at participating Maine car dealers. Read more below about electric vehicles or click here to learn more about the rebates and which vehicles are eligible.
Types of Electric Vehicles
Electric vehicles can be solely powered by an electric motor with a battery (a Battery Electric Vehicle or BEV) or by a combination of both an electric motor and a gas engine (a Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle or PHEV).
Most models of Battery Electric Vehicles can travel farther on electricity alone than PHEVs because they have larger batteries. However, BEVs do not have a fuel backup so when the battery is exhausted, the only way to continue driving is to recharge the battery.
Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles have a longer total driving range because they can be powered by the gasoline energy after their battery is exhausted, but PHEVs have shorter range on electricity alone.
|Battery Range||Total Range||Fuel Source|
|Battery Electric Vehicle||
|60-260 miles||Electricity only|
|Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle||
|200-640 miles||Electricity and Gas|
Many electric vehicle owners charge at home and charging stations are available at more and more places in Maine. Click here for more information on electric vehicle charging at home and around Maine.
- Driver satisfaction – Quick acceleration and a quiet drive.
- Save time and money – The cost of using electricity to power your car is less than the cost of gas. So skip all those trips to the gas station and pocket the savings. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, it costs about half as much to drive an electric vehicle as a conventional gasoline vehicle.
- Reduced Maintenance – Electric vehicles have simpler engines, requiring fewer annual repairs compared to cars with internal combustion engines. BEVs require no oil changes.
- Cleaner – Fewer emissions and pollutants from your drive. A typical gasoline vehicle emits more than five tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year. That’s more than four times as much carbon emissions as an electric vehicle using power from the New England grid.*
- Energy independence – Reduce fuel dependence and exposure to fossil fuel price volatility.
- Efficiency Maine Rebates and Other Incentives – Click here for more information on Efficiency Maine rebates. Additional incentives may also apply, so check to see if you can take advantage of additional manufacturers’ promotional rebates and federal tax credits.
*Calculations based on the EPA’s latest fuel economy and emission rate data for passenger vehicles, consistent with its regulatory work. Electric grid emissions data sourced from the 2017 ISO New England Electric Generator Air Emissions Report.
- Click here to find out more about the instant $1,000-$2,000 rebates for eligible electric vehicles from Efficiency Maine. Additional incentives are available for low income residents, Maine governmental entities, and tribal governments.
- Other Financial Incentives:
- Federal Tax Credit: Find current information about the federal tax credit (up to $7,500) for electric vehicles.
- Other rebates, including from manufacturers, may be available. Check with your local electric vehicle dealer for more information.
Find a Vehicle
- Department of Energy Fuel Economy Site: Calculate fuel savings and compare electric vehicles side by side.
- Plugstar: Online tool to help determine the electric vehicle that’s right for you.
- Alternative Fuel Data Center Vehicle Cost Calculator and Station Locator: Information on using electricity as a vehicle fuel, charging station availability and the costs related to charging your EV.
- Plug-in America: Additional information and resources about EV ownership and driving.
- Plug-in Electric Vehicle Handbook for Fleet Managers: Resource from the U.S. Department of Energy.
- Clean Cities Plug-in Handbook for Consumers: Read a comprehensive handbook on making the switch from a conventional vehicle to an electric vehicle.
- Maine Department of Transportation: Information on funding for other Maine VW Environmental Mitigation Settlement projects, including fleet upgrades for buses, trucks, and other vehicles.