While consumers in the state of Texas can look forward to the arrival of the 2011 all-electric Nissan LEAF in January 2011, there’s little in the way of current Texas incentives and tax credits for hybrid and electric cars. There is, however, the federal tax credit of up to $7,500 for eligible electric vehicle purchase – including the 2011 Nissan LEAF.

As for other Texas incentives or tax credits, the following is a list of what is currently available. The information comes from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center.

Free Home Charging Station

An electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) incentive is available through two companies: Coulomb Technologies and ECOtality.

Coulomb Technologies’ ChargePoint America program offers an electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) incentive at no cost to individuals or entities within the Austin metropolitan area. To be eligible for a free home charging station, individuals living in the specified area must purchase a qualified electric vehicle (EV) or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and can apply for the ChargePoint America program at the dealership or with the vehicle manufacturer at the time of vehicle purchase.

For further details, see the ChargePoint America website.

Through the EV Project, ECOtality offers EVSE at no cost to individuals in the Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston metropolitan areas. To be eligible for a free home charging station, individuals living in the specified areas must purchase a qualified electric vehicle (EV) or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and should apply for the EVSE at the dealership at the time of vehicle purchase. The EV Project covers most, if not all, the cost of the EVSE installation.

For more details, visit the EV Project website.

Rebate on Purchase of Natural Gas Vehicles

Texas does have a rebate available to individuals who purchase a natural gas vehicle (NGV) or convert a gasoline-powered vehicle to operate on natural gas. The rebate, from the Texas Gas Service Conservaton Program, allows for $2,500 on the purchase of an NGV or $3,000 for converting a gas-powered vehicle to run on natural gas. The rebate is available for up to five vehicles per customer, and only centers certified by the Railroad Commission of Texas may perform conversions.

Ethanol and Biodiesel Blend Tax Exemption

Also in the state of Texas, the ethanol or biodiesel portion of blended fuel containing taxable diesel is exempt from the diesel fuel tax. In order to be eligible for the exemption, the biodiesel or ethanol fuel blend must be clearly identified on the retail pump, storage tank and sales invoice.

For now, though, what does all this mean for consumers who want to buy zero emission and hybrid vehicles? Simply put, as more of these green vehicles become available, there may be more Texas incentives and tax credits for hybrid and electric cars.

Be sure to also see if the vehicles you’re considering can qualify for a federal tax credit, deduction, or rebate.  Here’s  more info on new car tax credit, hybrid car tax credit, and electric car tax credit from the federal government.  Also, make sure to check out the list of year-end new car deals, new car lease deals, and certified used car deals being offered by the car makers.  Given the year-end and car manufacturers’ desire to sell more cars, there’s great deals to be had if you do your homework and are aware of all the incentives, discounts, rebates you can qualify for.  Here’s some tips on year-end car buying strategy.

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