If you work on a farm and want a zero-emission vehicle to haul a few bales of hay, tote some produce, implements, or even small livestock (properly secured, of course), the Chevy Bolt EV may be for you.
Or, if you are not up for that, you might still want to investigate joining your state Farm Bureau, as it could be worth a $500 rebate from Chevrolet.
The deal is actually open for buyers of several Chevy, Buick and GMC models – and best of all, it is open for Bolt buyers and can be stacked with the $7,500 federal tax credit, plus any state or local incentives.
Source: Jim Doran Chevrolet.
A watchful reader pointed out at least one Oregon Chevy dealer is offering the incentive, and links in this article ought to set you in the right direction to find whether this is something you can take advantage of.
What’s the catch? You have to pay an annual fee, which varies from state to state (our reader paid $60 in his state). And you have to be a member of the Farm Bureau for at least 30 days before being eligible to claim the free money. And, the offer is not available in Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri or Tennessee.
Aw Shucks. There are a lot of farms in those states, but by now EV buyers may be used to the prospect of spotty incentives at the state level.
But you might ask – isn’t this gaming the system? We asked people who ought to know just that, and while asking not to be quoted, they did not say it was.
Otherwise, this may be a good deal all the way around: If you go for it, the Farm Bureau gets new members, Chevy sells more Bolts, and you get $500 – less whatever they charge to sign up, of course.
The Bolt is built to haul stuff.
The time lag could be no big deal for most buyers or lessees, either, as the Bolt is delayed for at least 30 days if not three months in states other than California and Oregon, which could see first deliveries this month.
But then there are no guarantees.
“Offer available through 4/1/17 … Certificates do expire,” says the fine print at the Farm Bureau’s website. “Program subject to change without notice. See dealer for complete details.”
Check it out. And if you plan to use the Bolt down on the farm, all the better.
Hat Tip to Brian Ro.
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