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Delaware is encouraging businesses in the state to install electric car charging stations.

The state launched a rebate program late last year that takes care of most of the cost. But many businesses are not yet taking advantage of the program. The state is offering rebates to help companies cover the price of the equipment through June 2018.

Kathy Harris, DNREC Clean Transportation Planner, said one benefit of workplace charging stations is it influences employees make more sustainable vehicle choices.

Delaware ramps up rebates for clean fuel vehicles

Nov 4, 2016
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Delaware’s rebate program for clean fuel vehicles just got a little more generous.


Starting November 1, the state is offering up to $3,500 for battery-powered electric vehicles, which is $1,300 more than the state’s previous rebate of $2,200.

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In Delaware, transportation is responsible for a third of the state’s carbon emissions.

Addressing this chunk of the First State’s carbon footprint is critical to Gov. Markell’s goal to reduce 30 percent of the state’s emissions from 2005 over the next 15 years. In July, he launched the Clean Transportation Incentive Program, offering financial incentives to nudge consumers to consider greener vehicles, like the electric Nissan Leaf.  

EV chargers now available at Rehoboth outlets

Jul 21, 2015
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Electric vehicle owners visiting Rehoboth Beach can now find some relief for their range anxiety, thanks to new charging stations at the Tanger Outlets.

Tanger’s Bayside, Surfside and Seaside locations on Route 1 now each four electric vehicle charging stations.  Each one is a level 1 charging station, which for Nissan Leafs, can charge four and a half miles per hour.

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A year ago, University of Delaware and DNREC announced they would work to expand the state’s electric vehicle charging station network, but that network won't be ready until later this year.

So, what’s it like to take an electric car on a long trip in Delaware now -- before the network is in place? Delaware Public Media’s science reporter Eli Chen followed a couple whose vacation plans involve taking their Nissan Leaf from the top of the state all the way down to the bottom.