29 Feb '16, 4pm

Dirty money from polluters funds clean-car incentives in Rhode Island

Stephen Edelstein 233 views Feb 29, 2016 2016 Nissan Leaf Enlarge Photo Rhode Island is one of the many states to offer purchase rebates for new electric cars. Under the recently introduced Driving Rhode Island to Vehicle Electrification (DRIVE) incentive program, buyers can get up to $2,500 for their electric-car purchases. But the money for this program doesn't come from taxes, or any of the other sources government programs are often funded from. DON'T MISS: The Curious Case Of New York's Missing Electric-Car Purchase Incentive Rather, the money comes from penalties collected for violations of environmental laws. In addition to being rather poetic, this funding source would seem to help silence critics of electric-car incentives, who often chafe at the use of taxpayer money to subsidize consumer car purchases. Granted, this "dirty money" has added just $200,000 to the D...

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