Program Summary & Instructions
- IMPORTANT: Be sure to read this “Program Summary & Instructions” in order to submit a complete application and to use the correct application form.
- Provide all the information requested for each type of rebate. Incomplete applications or missing items will likely cause significant processing delays of your application.
- Links to the required Alternate Fuel Rebate Program application form and the W-9 form can be found within the section describing each type of rebate.
- The Alternate Fuels Rebate Program provides a rebate check from the State of Illinois. The program is not a tax credit or other type of tax incentive (i.e., it has nothing to do with filing federal or state tax documents by April 15 and has its own program deadlines). In addition, rebate recipients will not receive a 1099 form as the rebate amount is not subject to taxes.
- The Illinois EPA does not send postcards or other communication confirming the receipt of your application. If you would like a confirmation receipt, we suggest sending it via certified mail. In addition, we suggest that you keep a copy of your application and other submitted items for your records.
- If you have a question that is not addressed in this summary, want to check on the eligibility of a certain type of vehicle before making the purchase, or need clarification on the type of rebate to apply for prior to submitting your application, please call us at (217) 557-1441. Our office hours are 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, except state holidays.
The objectives of the Illinois Alternate Fuels Rebate Program are to:
- Provide an incentive for the purchase of clean alternate fuel vehicles,
- Provide an incentive for the conversion of vehicles to a clean alternate fuel using certified or approved conversion systems,
- Provide an incentive for the use of renewable E85 and biodiesel fuels,
- To develop the refueling infrastructure for various alternate fuels,
- Reduce emissions from motor vehicles and to improve air quality in our communities, and
- Increase demand for our green, domestic, renewable energy sources and related vehicle and infrastructure products manufactured and/or distributed here in Illinois.
The Illinois Alternate Fuels Rebate Program started in 1998 and over $14 million in rebates has been issued through 2013 for the implementation of over 13,000 alternate fuel vehicles statewide. In addition, over 6 million gallons of E85 and more than 12 million gallons of biodiesel fuel have been consumed by our applicants.
- Individuals, businesses, local government units, schools, or organizations located in Illinois are eligible.
Entities that are not eligible include:
- Departments or agencies of the federal government
- Car dealerships
- Leasing companies or similar companies whose business is to lease or sell vehicles
- Companies that offer financial arrangements to vehicle purchasers
- Rebate eligibility is limited to the purchaser and end-user of the qualifying vehicle.
- An eligible fleet applicant can only receive rebates for a maximum of 300 alternate fuel vehicles during the lifetime of the program, or for no more than 150 alternate fuel vehicles at any one location.
Eligible Fuels and Vehicles
- The alternate fuel vehicle must be registered, licensed, and operated in Illinois and be able to be legally driven on all public roadways.
- Certain types of Electric Vehicles
Eligible electric vehicles for this program are those that are engineered and designed to be predominantly powered by, and primarily refueled with, electricity.
There are four categories of electric vehicles: Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) that are 100 percent electric, Extended Range Electric Vehicles (EREV) that are powered by electricity but utilize a gasoline-powered generator to recharge the batteries while driving to provide an extended range during longer trips, Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) and Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV). Only BEVs and EREVs may receive a rebate in this program, as these meet the above criteria for eligible electric vehicles.
Currently, the program-eligible electric vehicles available in Illinois include:
- Nissan Leaf (BEV)
- Mitsubishi i Miev (BEV)
- Ford Focus EV (BEV)
- Smart "fortwo" EV (BEV)
- Tesla Model S (BEV)
- Chevrolet Volt (EREV)
- Cadillac ELR (EREV)
- BMW i3 (BEV, EREV)
- E85 (85% ethanol blend) fuel and E85 Flexible Fuel Vehicles (FFV)
- Natural gas vehicles
- Propane vehicles
- Hydrogen vehicles
- Biodiesel fuel (at least 20% blend- B20 or greater)
Note: the Biodiesel (B20+) fuel must meet nationally-recognized ASTM D6751 or more recent ASTM fuel quality standards. Most commercial grade biodiesel meets this national fuel quality specification.
Please call us at (217) 557-1441 to check on the eligibility of any electric vehicle that may meet the above criteria but is not listed or to clarify the eligible status of any other type of alternate fuel vehicle.
Three Types of Rebates
- Fuel Rebate - for the purchase of E85 and Biodiesel (B20+) fuel
- Vehicle Rebate - for the purchase of natural gas vehicles, propane vehicles, electric vehicles, hydrogen vehicles, and certain E85 FFVs. "Pre-Owned" vehicles and leased vehicles are NOT eligible for a vehicle rebate.
- Conversion Rebate – for the purchase and commercial installation of a certified or approved conversion system to convert an eligible conventional gasoline or diesel vehicle to run on natural gas, propane, or E85, or for the eligible costs incurred in converting a vehicle to be an eligible electric vehicle
- Only one of the three types of rebates can be applied for per alternate fuel vehicle.
- An alternate fuel vehicle is only eligible to receive a Vehicle or Conversion rebate once in its life, regardless of ownership. A Fuel Rebate application may be submitted for three consecutive years for the same vehicle.