CSE serves as the administrator of the Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate (CHEAPR) program that aims to increase the number of clean vehicles in the state by offering incentives for the purchase or lease of new, eligible electric vehicles (EVs). When the program started in May 2015, CHEAPR became first statewide program in the nation to offer EV rebates at the point-of-sale and to provide dealers an incentive for each eligible vehicle purchased or leased. CSE provides clean vehicle market information to consumers and stakeholders to increase awareness of the benefits of EV adoption.
A total of $2,000,000 has been allocated for the CHEAPR pilot program to promote battery electric, plug-in hybrid electric and fuel cell electric vehicles.
As of December 2020, CSE has reserved and issued 6,000 rebates, totaling more than $11,000,000.
Incentivized clean vehicles are reducing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to approximately 1,380 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year.
CSE has worked with 85 Connecticut dealerships and more than 250 individual dealer representatives.