The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced June 9 that it is strengthening efforts to promote the sale of electric vehicles (EV) with additional funding for the Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Vehicle Purchase Rebate program (CHEAPR) consumer rebate initiative.

“We are now strengthening that program with the addition of $1 million in new funding that’s putting money right back in the pocket of car buyers,” DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee said on June 9.

Standing for the Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Vehicle Purchase Rebate program, CHEAPR offered cash rebates of up to $3,000 to Connecticut consumers for purchasing or leasing eligible EVs.

With added funding, fuel cell electric vehicles purchased on or after July 1, 2016 will be eligible for $5,000 rebates.