Electric Vehicle Instant Rebates

Efficiency Maine offers instant rebates for eligible battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) at participating car dealers in Maine. Eligible BEVs and PHEVs direct from a manufacturer are eligible for mail-in rebates. Click on the links below to get started.

Funding for EV rebates comes from the settlement of a lawsuit against Volkswagen (VW) for violating Maine’s environmental protection laws. The settlement specified that funds be used for environmentally beneficial purposes, such as the reduction of vehicle pollution. 

Instant Rebates

Type of Vehicle Individuals, Businesses, Organizations Qualified Low-Income Maine Resident* Maine Governmental Entity or Tribal Government*
Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) $2,000 $3,000 $7,500
Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) $1,000 $1,500 $2,000

*Qualified Low-Income Maine Residents, Maine Governmental Entities, and Tribal Governments must receive pre-approval, verifying the customer’s eligibility, in the form of a letter from Efficiency Maine prior to the purchase or lease of an EV in order to receive the enhanced rebate amount. Maine Businesses and nonprofits must show proof of “Good Standing” from the Maine Secretary of State’s website prior to the purchase or lease of an EV.

Note: The person identified as a Qualified Low-Income Maine Resident, Maine Governmental Entity or Tribal Government in a pre-approval must be the same person or entity who purchases or leases and registers the eligible EV.


link to electric vehicle rebate informationClick here to learn about Efficiency Maine’s EV Accelerator Rebate Program.
Click here to see which electric vehicles are eligible for an instant rebate.
Click here to apply for an EV instant rebate, see program guidelines and more.
Click here to find answers about electric vehicles.


Click here for background information on Efficiency Maine’s Electric Vehicle Initiatives.