Transportation & Fuel Source Technology
EVCarolina Announces First State Sales Tax Rebate for 100% Electric Cars
South Carolina State
legislators passed landmark energy legislation in June 2007 that would
provide sales tax rebates for alternative fueled and high efficiency
vehicles, incentive payments to retailers for sale of biodiesel and
ethanol, incentive payments and tax credits for the production of energy
from biomass, and among other things a Grants and Low-interest Loan program
designed to increase renewable energy use in the state.
"With all the talk from government and industry about 'going green'
it's refreshing to see a state like South Carolina taking action on
something that can make an impact today," said Steve Schneider, CEO for
electric vehicle manufacturer ZAP
Steven Isom, owner of EVCarolina, a ZAP Electric car dealership -- the
only retailer of all electric vehicles in the state -- played a critical
role in developing language that would expand an existing sales tax rebate
for flex fuel vehicles. Isom worked diligently with state government staff
and the South Carolina Biomass Council to include electric vehicles in the
Energy Freedom and Rural Development Act.
"I started EVCarolina because it was the right thing to do for the
state and promote energy efficiency and energy independence," said Steven
Isom CEO of EVCarolina
"We are very excited that electric vehicles were given an opportunity
to shine in South Carolina!" said Erika Hartwig, the Renewable Energy
Coordinator for the South Carolina Energy Office
. "Electric vehicles are
the only zero-emission vehicles available today on South Carolina roads.
The South Carolina Energy Office believes state residents will take
advantage of the sales tax rebate and use electricity instead of
conventional fuels for their transportation needs."
State Senator Nikki G. Setzler commented that he "was glad to be a part
of and primary sponsor of the legislation which provided rebates for
alternative fueled vehicles and incentives for use of biodiesel and ethanol
as well as tax credits for the production of energy from biomass. It is a
major step by South Carolina to help reduce the dependence of South
Carolina and the nation on foreign oil as well as encouraging clean and
efficient alternatives in the future."
The sales tax rebate will also apply to hybrid, plug-in hybrid, flex
fuel vehicles (can use either gasoline or E85 ethanol), high fuel economy
vehicles which operate at 30mpg or greater in the city, and hydrogen-fueled
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