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Thursday, August 10, the Ark Valley Coalition for a Sustainable Energy Future, or Ark Valley Energy Future (AVEF), will be hosting a virtual tech talk on incentives for electric vehicles and other efficiency changes.

The meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday. To register for free, send your name and email to edu@arkvalleyenergyfuture.org by Wednesday, August 9.

Vice-chair of the AVEF board of directors, Sandy Long, will be leading the talk. Long is a former product manager in the solar industry, and established a Chaffee County chapter of the Climate Citizens’ Lobby in 2020.

The talk will center around federal tax credits that have been or will be made available to electric vehicle owners and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV). There are up to $7,500 in federal tax credits available for new electric vehicles or PHEVs, and up to $4,000 available for used cars, although the requirements for qualification are different, as will be explained by Long.

According to AVEF, Colorado will “give you” $5,000 for a new electric vehicle or PHEV, and an additional $2,500 for vehicles with an MSRP below $35,000 will be made available next year.

The above credits and incentives will be gone over in much more detail at Thursday’s meeting, in addition to the restrictions that govern each credit program.

AVEF’s meeting will also touch on incentives included in the Inflation Reduction Act for heat pumps, solar systems, and battery storage.