Electric vehicles

Gregory Burnett drives his 2018 Nissan Leaf, a plugin electric car.

Details are now online for Douglas County residents interested in applying for rebates to offset some costs of purchasing an electric vehicle.

Omaha Public Power District ratepayers also can apply for rebates for home charging stations.

The rebates, $4,000 after purchasing an electric vehicle and $500 for installing a ChargePoint Home charging station, are efforts by the Nebraska Community Energy Alliance to see whether such rebates might get more people off the fence and buying electric vehicles.

Energy alliance officials say they hope to use data from the experiment to lobby state lawmakers for incentives.

OPPD officials hope to learn more about how people charge electric vehicles and about the strain on neighborhood-level electrical systems to prepare for anticipated growth in electric vehicle ownership.

The OPPD webpage on electric vehicles with more information on the rebate programs and how much funding remains is oppd.com/residential/rebates-programs/electric-vehicle-ev-rebate-pilot-program. — Aaron Sanderford

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