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1    AN ACT concerning safety.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Alternate Fuels Act is amended by changing
5Section 30 as follows:
6    (415 ILCS 120/30)
7    Sec. 30. Rebate and grant program.
8    (a) Beginning January 1, 1997, and as long as funds are
9available, each owner of an alternate fuel vehicle shall be
10eligible to apply for a rebate. Beginning July 1, 2005, each
11owner of a vehicle using domestic renewable fuel is eligible to
12apply for a fuel cost differential rebate under item (3) of
13this subsection (c) of this Section. The Agency shall cause
14rebates to be issued under the provisions of this Act. An owner
15may apply for only one of 3 types of rebates with regard to an
16individual alternate fuel vehicle: (i) a conversion cost
17rebate, (ii) an OEM differential cost rebate, or (iii) a fuel
18cost differential rebate. Only one rebate may be issued with
19regard to a particular alternate fuel vehicle during the life
20of that vehicle. A rebate shall not exceed $4,000 per vehicle.
21Over the life of this rebate program, an owner of an alternate
22fuel vehicle or a vehicle using domestic renewable fuel may not
23receive rebates for more than 150 vehicles per location or for



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1300 vehicles in total.
2        (1) (a) A conversion cost rebate may be issued to an
3    owner or his or her designee in order to reduce the cost of
4    converting a conventional vehicle or a hybrid vehicle to an
5    alternate fuel vehicle. Conversion of a conventional
6    vehicle or a hybrid vehicle to alternate fuel capability
7    must take place in Illinois for the owner to be eligible
8    for the conversion cost rebate. Amounts spent by applicants
9    within a calendar year may be claimed on a rebate
10    application submitted within 12 months after the month in
11    which the conversion of the vehicle took place. Approved
12    conversion cost rebates applied for during or after
13    calendar year 1997 shall be 80% of all approved conversion
14    costs claimed and documented. Approval of conversion cost
15    rebates may continue after calendar year 2002, if funds are
16    still available. An applicant may include on an application
17    submitted in 1997 all amounts spent within that calendar
18    year on the conversion, even if the expenditure occurred
19    before promulgation of the Agency rules.
20        (2) (b) An OEM differential cost rebate may be issued
21    to an owner or his or her designee in order to reduce the
22    cost differential between a conventional vehicle or engine
23    and the same vehicle or engine, produced by an original
24    equipment manufacturer, that has the capability to use
25    alternate fuels.
26        A new OEM vehicle or engine must be purchased in



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1    Illinois and must either be an alternate fuel vehicle or
2    used in an alternate fuel vehicle, respectively, for the
3    owner to be eligible for an OEM differential cost rebate.
4    Large vehicles, over 8,500 pounds gross vehicle weight,
5    purchased outside Illinois are eligible for an OEM
6    differential cost rebate if the same or a comparable
7    vehicle is not available for purchase in Illinois. Amounts
8    spent by applicants within a calendar year may be claimed
9    on a rebate application submitted within 12 months after
10    the month in which the new OEM vehicle or engine was
11    purchased.
12        Approved OEM differential cost rebates applied for
13    during or after calendar year 1997 shall be 80% of all
14    approved cost differential claimed and documented.
15    Approval of OEM differential cost rebates may continue
16    after calendar year 2002, if funds are still available. An
17    applicant may include on an application submitted in 1997
18    all amounts spent within that calendar year on OEM
19    equipment, even if the expenditure occurred before
20    promulgation of the Agency rules.
21        (3) (c) A fuel cost differential rebate may be issued
22    to an owner or his or her designee in order to reduce the
23    cost differential between conventional fuels and domestic
24    renewable fuels or alternate fuels purchased to operate an
25    alternate fuel vehicle. The fuel cost differential shall be
26    based on a 3-year life cycle cost analysis developed by the



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1    Agency by rulemaking. The rebate shall apply to and be
2    payable during a consecutive 3-year period commencing on
3    the date the application is approved by the Agency.
4    Approved fuel cost differential rebates may be applied for
5    during or after calendar year 1997 and approved rebates
6    shall be 80% of the cost differential for a consecutive
7    3-year period. Approval of fuel cost differential rebates
8    may continue after calendar year 2002 if funds are still
9    available.
10        Twenty-five percent of the amount that is appropriated
11    under Section 40 to be used to fund programs authorized by
12    this Section during calendar year 2001 shall be designated
13    to fund fuel cost differential rebates. If the total dollar
14    amount of approved fuel cost differential rebate
15    applications as of July 1, 2001 is less than the amount
16    designated for that calendar year, the balance of
17    designated funds shall be immediately available to fund any
18    rebate authorized by this Section and approved in the
19    calendar year.
20        An approved fuel cost differential rebate shall be paid
21    to an owner in 3 annual installments on or about the
22    anniversary date of the approval of the application. Owners
23    receiving a fuel cost differential rebate shall be required
24    to demonstrate, through recordkeeping, the use of domestic
25    renewable fuels during the 3-year period commencing on the
26    date the application is approved by the Agency. If the



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1    vehicle ceases to be registered to the original applicant
2    owner, a prorated installment shall be paid to that owner
3    or the owner's designee and the remainder of the rebate
4    shall be canceled.
5    (b) (d) Vehicles owned by the federal government or
6vehicles registered in a state outside Illinois are not
7eligible for rebates.
8    (c) Through fiscal year 2013, the Agency may make grants to
9car sharing organizations in Illinois for the purchase of
10electric vehicles. The grant program shall be subject to the
11existing rules in 35 Ill. Adm. Code 275. A grant may not exceed
1225% of the total project cost including vehicles and supporting
14        (1) In each fiscal year, a car sharing organization may
15    submit a grant application to the Agency by June 30th. The
16    application shall include the following information:
17            (A) the information required in subsection (a) of
18        35 Ill. Adm. Code 275.230, except for items 1, 2, 3, 4
19        and 7;
20            (B) a narrative description of the project;
21            (C) a detailed project budget, including the costs
22        of vehicles and supporting infrastructure; and
23            (D) the number of vehicles proposed to be purchased
24        as part of the project.
25        (2) After the Agency has processed all rebate requests
26    submitted during the fiscal year, it may award grants for a



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1    total amount not to exceed the amount of unspent money
2    remaining of the amount appropriated for the programs
3    authorized by this Section.
4        (3) In deciding whether to award a grant, the Agency
5    shall consider the overall level of environmental benefits
6    to be realized by the proposed project.
7        (4) Grant funds may only be used for purchasing
8    electric vehicles, and shall not exceed 25% of the actual
9    project expenditures. A vehicle purchased using grant
10    funds is not eligible for any rebate authorized by this
11    Section.
12        (5) Within one year after the date of the grant award,
13    the grantee shall submit a final report to the Agency. If
14    there are grant funds unspent at that time, the remaining
15    money shall be returned to the Agency. The report shall
16    include the following information:
17            (A) the make, model, and model year of each
18        vehicle;
19            (B) the dates of vehicle purchases;
20            (C) the vehicle identification number (VIN);
21            (D) the license plate number and the state of
22        registration;
23            (E) proof of payment for the vehicles; and
24            (F) a complete financial report for the project.
25        (6) Vehicles purchased with grant funds must remain
26    registered and in service with the grantee in Illinois for



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1    a minimum of 5 years after purchase. If a vehicle is sold
2    or otherwise taken out of service in Illinois earlier than
3    that time, then the grantee shall refund to the Agency a
4    prorated amount of the grant funds used to purchase that
5    vehicle, except if a vehicle is replaced with a comparable
6    vehicle or can no longer be safely operated due to an
7    accident or other damage.
8(Source: P.A. 96-537, eff. 8-14-09; 96-1278, eff. 7-26-10.)
9    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
10becoming law.