Delaware Laws and Incentives

Listed below are the summaries of all current Delaware laws, incentives, regulations, funding opportunities, and other initiatives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, advanced technologies, or air quality. You can go directly to summaries of:

State Incentives

Alternative Fueling Infrastructure Grants

As part of the Delaware Clean Transportation Incentive Program, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) provides grant funding for public and private alternative fueling stations, including DC fast electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), natural gas, propane, and hydrogen fueling infrastructure. The grant funds 75% of the cost of public access fueling infrastructure and 50% of the cost of private access fueling infrastructure, up to $500,000. DNREC will accept applications through February 29, 2016. For more information, including eligibility criteria, see the Delaware Alternative Fueling Infrastructure Grants page.

Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Rebates

As part of the Delaware Clean Transportation Incentive Program, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control offers rebates for new, leased, or converted light- and medium-duty AFVs as follows:

Qualifying VehiclesRebate Amount
New plug-in electric vehicles$2,200
Conventional vehicle converted to a plug-in electric vehicle$1,100
Dedicated propane vehicle$1,100
Dedicated compressed natural gas vehicle$1,100

Eligible applicants include Delaware residents, businesses, organizations, and government entities. Rebate applications must be signed by both the purchaser and a participating dealer representative. Rebates are limited to five vehicles per fleet and one vehicle per individual. All vehicles purchased through this rebate program must be titled and registered in the state. For more information, including application guidelines and participating dealers, see the Delaware Clean Vehicle Rebate Program website.

Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Rebates

As part of the Delaware Clean Transportation Incentive Program, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control offers rebates for new EVSE purchased for use at commercial and residential locations. $500 is available for each qualified Level 1 or Level 2 EVSE. Eligible applicants include Delaware residents, businesses, organizations, and government entities. Rebates are limited to five EVSE per fleet and one EVSE per individual. For more information, including application guidelines, see the Delaware Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Rebate Program website.

Clean Transportation Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Reduction Grant

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) will fund the Innovative Transportation Greenhouse Gas Reduction Competitive Grant Program. The program will fund up to 50% of total project costs, between $5,000 and $100,000, for innovative projects that demonstrate GHG reductions but are not eligible for other incentives through the Delaware Clean Transportation Incentive Program. DNREC will release a request for proposal in 2016 (verified October 2015). For more information, see the Innovative Transportation Greenhouse Gas Reduction Competitive Grant Program page.

Heavy-Duty Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) Rebates

As part of the Delaware Clean Transportation Incentive Program, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) offers rebates of up to $20,000 for new or leased Class 7 or Class 8 dedicated NGVs. Eligible applicants include commercial entities, non-profits, individuals, or businesses located in Delaware or who have in-state affiliates. Applicants must submit proof of order and proof of payment to receive the rebate; a copy of the lease agreement is required for leased vehicles. Fleets are limited to five rebates. All vehicles purchased through this rebate program must be titled and registered in the state. DNREC will accept applications through December 31, 2016, on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, including application instructions and eligibility requirements, see the Delaware Heavy-Duty Vehicle Rebate Program website.

Vehicle-to-Grid Energy Credit

Retail electricity customers with at least one grid-integrated electric vehicle (EV) may qualify to receive kilowatt-hour credits for energy discharged to the grid from the EV's battery at the same rate that the customer pays to charge the battery. A grid-integrated EV is defined as a battery-powered motor vehicle that has the ability for two-way power flow between the vehicle and the electric grid as well as communications hardware and software that allow for external control of battery charging and discharging. (Reference Delaware Code Title 26, Chapter 10, Section 1014g)

Idle Reduction Weight Exemption

Any motor vehicle equipped with qualified idle reduction technology may exceed the state gross, axle, tandem, or bridge weight limits by up to 400 pounds to account for the weight of the technology. The additional weight may not exceed the actual weight of the idle reduction unit. To qualify for the exemption, the vehicle operator must also be able to prove the weight of the idle reduction technology and demonstrate that the technology is fully functional. (Reference Delaware Code Title 21, Chapter 45, Section 4503f)

Alternative Fuel Tax Exemption

Taxes imposed on alternative fuels used in official vehicles for the United States government or any Delaware state government agency, including volunteer fire and rescue companies, are waived. Alternative fuel retailers must obtain a fuel supplier's license from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), and operators or owners of vehicles using alternative fuel must obtain either a special fuel user's license from DelDOT or pay the special fuel tax. (Reference Delaware Code Title 30, Chapter 51, Subchapter II)

Utility/Private Incentives

Propane Infrastructure and Fuel Incentives - Boulden Brothers Propane

Boulden Brothers Propane provides fueling equipment at no cost to propane vehicle operators on a case-by-case basis. Boulden Brothers Propane also offers a $0.15 per gallon on-site fuel discount to fleets using propane to operate their vehicles.

Point of Contact
Mike Boulden
Boulden Brothers Propane
Phone: (302) 368-2553
Fax: (302) 368-0128
mrboulden@boulden.com

Propane Infrastructure and Fuel Incentives - SchagrinGAS

SchagrinGAS provides propane tanks, pumps, and meters at no cost to customers on a case-by-case basis. SchagrinGAS offers a discount on propane to fleets that use the fuel to operate their vehicles.

Point of Contact
Andy Lambert
Vice President of Operations
SchagrinGAS
Phone: (302) 658-2000 x3015
Fax: (302) 378-2898
alambert@schagringas.com

Laws and Regulations

Low Emission Vehicle Requirement

All Model Year (MY) 2014 and later passenger cars and light- and medium-duty vehicles must meet California vehicle emissions and compliance requirements, as set forth in Title 13 of the California Code of Regulations. Certain exceptions apply, including the light- and medium-duty Zero Emission Vehicle sales requirements. (Reference Delaware Administrative Code Title 7, Section 1140)

Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Acquisition Requirements

All new light-duty vehicles that Delaware state agencies, departments, and offices purchase must be hybrid electric, alternative fuel, fuel-efficient, or low emission vehicles, unless such a purchase compromises health, safety, or law enforcement needs. Additionally, the state must develop procedures for diesel fleet vehicles to use biodiesel fuel blends of the highest practical percent. (Reference Executive Order 18, 2010)

Low-Speed Vehicle Access to Roadways

A low-speed vehicle is defined as a four-wheeled motor vehicle, other than a truck, with a gross vehicle weight rating of less than 2,500 pounds that is capable of operating at a speed of at least 20 miles per hour (mph) but not greater than 25 mph on a paved surface. A low-speed vehicle may not operate on roads with a posted speed limit greater than 35 mph but may cross a highway that has a posted speed limit greater than 35 mph. The vehicle must comply with safety standards contained in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, section 571.500, and meet state insurance, titling, and registration requirements. (Reference Delaware Code Title 21, Chapter 21, Subchapter I, Section 2113A)

Idle Reduction Requirement

On-road heavy-duty motor vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 8,500 pounds or greater may not idle for more than three consecutive minutes when the vehicle is stationary. Violators are subject to penalties of up to $500 for each offense. Heavy-duty vehicles subject to this regulation include long-haul and delivery trucks as well as transit and school buses. Emergency fire, rescue, and lifesaving vehicles are exempt. Other vehicle operating situations may also fall under the exemption section of the regulation. (Reference Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Regulation 1145)