Have questions about the Delaware Clean Vehicle Rebate Program? Our FAQs cover everything from eligibility criteria to the application process. Get all the information you need to take advantage of the electric vehicle rebates in Delaware.
The typical timeline for payments is within 8-10 weeks after your application is approved. Delays beyond normal processing times may occur. Rebates will be issued based on the information put in the supplier portal; incorrect information provided during the application submission process or information that is not up to date with the State of Delaware Division of Accounting may delay the payment timeline.
To receive a rebate, an applicant MUST register online as a “supplier,” using the Division of Accounting eSupplier Portal, and include the Supplier ID number on the application. Applications missing this number will not be accepted. Rebates will be issued based on the information put in the supplier portal. If you do not have a business and purchased your vehicle as an individual, please enter your personal information when prompted. Find more information in the New Supplier Registration Guide or view this instructional video.
Applications cannot be accepted without all required supporting documents and signatures. The sales invoice (for a purchase) -OR- a lease agreement (for a lease) for your vehicle is required. It is up to the applicant to ensure completeness of the application.
MSRP stands for Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price and is the price point that the manufacturer of the car recommends that a dealership charges for that vehicle model. The DECVRP utilizes the base MSRP of a vehicle to determine eligibility. The base MSRP does not include optional or added features, equipment, delivery fees, and extended warranties. Base MSRP is confirmed by the Original Equipment Manufacturer's website.
The base MSRP reflects the standard trim option for an eligible vehicle. Vehicle eligibility for our program is based on the base MSRP being under $50,000, which means any trim can be chosen for any eligible vehicle.
The intent of the DECVRP Rebate is to help residents of Delaware get cost relief when purchasing a new clean vehicle. This rebate helps to make electric vehicles more affordable and accessible to residents of Delaware who want to buy electric vehicles but have financial limitations or hesitations.
Rebates are available for the purchase or lease of eligible new battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) with a base MSRP of $50,000 or less. Eligibility is determined by the program administrator and displayed on the eligible vehicle list.
If you believe a vehicle should qualify for the program, please contact DriveElectricDE@energycenter.org.
To ensure equal distribution of program funds among Delaware residents and other eligible entities, DNREC will limit the number of rebates available as of May 1, 2023. Individuals are not eligible to receive more than two (2) rebates through the lifetime of the program. Businesses, non-profit organizations, governments, educational institutions and other eligible entities may not receive more than six (6) rebates over the lifetime of the program.
Yes. Vehicles purchased outside of Delaware are eligible for a rebate if the purchaser is a Delaware resident or Delaware-based business and the new vehicle is registered for the first time in Delaware. Rebates for out-of-state purchases or leases must be claimed by the applicant within 90 days of the purchase or lease.
Active-duty military members stationed in Delaware with a temporary Delaware residential address, but with permanent residency in another state are eligible to apply and may use a proof of service letter in lieu of other proof of residence documentation.
Yes, hybrid plug-in electric vehicles (PHEVs) are eligible for a rebate of up to $1,000. Browse the eligible vehicle list for all PHEVs that qualify for a rebate.
The original equipment manufacturer (OEM) must reach out to DECVRP for eligibility consideration.
For OEMs and dealerships – Adding a vehicle to the DECVRP eligible vehicle list requires models to:
- Have a base MSRP of $50,000 or less.
- be one of the following vehicle types:
- Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) - Vehicles that are powered by high-capacity batteries that are charged using an external power source. Battery Electric Vehicles do not have a gasoline or diesel internal combustion engine.
- Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) - Vehicles that use batteries that are charged by an external power source in conjunction with a gasoline or diesel internal combustion engine.
For both newly eligible vehicles and new model years, please email DriveElectricDE@energycenter.org with the vehicle identification number (VIN) decipherment and a marketing photo of the vehicle. For a full list of vehicle eligibility requirements, please review the Implementation Manual.
Make sure the exact make and model of the vehicle you intend to purchase is listed on the eligible vehicle list.
No. Electric motorcycles are not eligible for a rebate under the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program.
Yes. If there is still a federal tax credit available for your vehicle, applicants can apply for both. This program is not associated with the federal tax credit that is available for electric vehicles. Applicants have 90 days from the date of purchase or lease to apply for the Delaware Clean Vehicle Rebate Program. The applicant is responsible for understanding the requirements and applying for the federal tax credit program. Questions regarding the federal tax credit should be directed to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or to a tax professional. The IRS website provides details on how to qualify and apply for the federal tax credit. For questions related to the taxability of the federal tax credit as well as the Delaware Clean Vehicle rebate, please consult with a tax professional.
Dealers can apply to be a participating dealership anytime. Before starting the enrollment process, please review the step-by-step instructions on the Dealer Overview page.
To apply for reimbursement, you will need to collect, complete and submit the following information for each applicant:
- Proof of temporary or permanent Delaware vehicle registration
- Copy of the sales or lease contract
- Proof of Delaware residency (e.g., Delaware driver license or other form of approved documentation)
Battery electric vehicles run on electricity only. They are propelled by one or more electric motors powered by rechargeable battery packs. These cars “refuel” by plugging into the wall or a charging station. Examples of battery electric vehicles include the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla Model 3.
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles can be charged by plugging into an electrical outlet or charging station, but also have an engine or generator that is fueled by gasoline. Examples of plug-in hybrids include the Hyundai Tucson PHEV, the Chrysler Pacifica and the Toyota Prius PRIME.
There are many excellent sites with information on these alternatively fueled vehicles. Following is a list of some starting points for your research about alternatively fueled vehicles:
If you have any additional or specific questions, please email DriveElectricDE@energycenter.org.