September 30, 2019 (BOSTON, MA) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement today as a popular Massachusetts electric vehicle rebate comes to an end. The MOR-EV rebate gives consumers up to $1,500 for switching to electric vehicles, and the program runs out of funding today.
“Our climate and our health require us to switch from gas-burning cars to clean electric,” said Amy Laura Cahn, Director of CLF’s Healthy Communities and Environmental Justice program and a member of the Massachusetts Zero Emission Vehicle Commission. “The rebate clearly works, and we need more resources, not fewer at this critical time for our climate. We hope to see a short-term funding fix soon, but the State House and Baker Administration must commit to long-term and large-scale investments to keep this popular rebate in place.”
State officials have proposed extending funding for the rebate for two more years, but that legislation has yet to pass. There will be a gap in the program as a result. Transportation emissions are the largest source of climate-damaging pollution in Massachusetts. The Commonwealth’s Commission on the Future of Transportation has set bold goals to transition to a zero-emission transportation system.
CLF experts are available for further comment.