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First State launches new Clean Transportation Incentive Program

Anne Hoffman/Delaware Public Media
DNREC Secretary David Small speaks to a crowd at the Sheridan Nissan in New Castle.

State officials unveiled Delaware’s new Clean Transportation Incentive Program at a Nissan dealership in New Castle Thursday.

The program is part of the state’s effort to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by offering rebates for energy efficient cars and infrastructure.

Those rebates range from $1100 for a Hybrid to $20,000 for a Heavy-Duty natural gas truck. There’s also a grant program for businesses who build alternative energy infrastructure like electric vehicle charging stations.

DNREC Secretary David Small says the financial incentive will go a long way toward motivating residents to buy green.

"This is a way to help equalize some of the costs for consumers who may be interested in finding a more environmentally friendly alternative for transportation," says Small.

He adds some of the First State’s air quality problems are beyond its control because polluted air travels here from the Midwest, but nevertheless, "this program really is a demonstration of Delaware trying to do everything it can to control its own emissions."

Rebates are open to Delaware residents, businesses, non-profits, fleets, and state, county and municipal governments.