The State Capitol of Texas at Dusk

Lots of US states have implemented some sort of tax incentive program for buyers of electric vehicles. Hawaii, California, Massachusetts and more. One of those others could soon be Texas - land of the famously anti-Tesla dealer laws - where an alternative fuel vehicle rebate is about to go into effect, perhaps as soon as next week.

Qualifying vehicles include pure electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles as well as vehicles that run on compressed natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas. As long as these vehicles have a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 9,600 pounds (CNG and LPG) or 8,500 lbs (EVs and PHEVs) or less, they qualify for the $2,500 rebate. The plug-in vehicles need to have a battery that is at least four kWh. ChargedEVs says that the rebate program expires August 31, 2015 and has enough funds for 2,000 vehicles EVs and 2,000 CNG vehicles a year.

Texas has a history of supporting EVs, with a strong charging infrastructure in place and growing Nissan Leaf sales. Some residents can also qualify for Texas' "Drive a Clean Machine" program. It provides $3,500 for people who live in certain counties and have a net income under set limits. Details here.