Recent State Actions

Listed below are new and recently updated state laws, incentives, and regulations related to alternative fuels and advanced vehicles.

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California

All-Electric Vehicle Incentives (EV) - Sonoma Clean Power – added 11/23/2016

Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) consumers are eligible for an incentive to reduce the purchase or lease price of a 2017 BMW i3 or a 2016 Nissan Leaf offered by local participating dealerships through January 5, 2017. SCP is offering $2,500 to customers and an additional $2,500 bonus to low-income customers, while funds last. For more information, see SCP's Drive EverGreen website.

Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) and Charging Incentives - Sonoma Clean Power – added 11/23/2016

Qualified Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) customers are eligible to receive a free JuiceNet-enabled EVSE from eMotorWerks, which allows the EVSE to be connected to Wi-Fi and communicate with the SCP CleanCharge software. This software helps customers avoid using as much power when California's electric grid is particularly expensive or harmful to the environment. Customers with an existing standard, non-connected EVSE, are eligible to receive a free JuicePlug (smart grid adapter) to convert to a JuiceNet-enabled EVSE. Customers are responsible for shipping and installation costs. Eligible customers may also receive a $250 rebate in JuicePoints to pay for charging. Other terms and conditions may apply. For more information, including frequently asked questions, see SCP's Drive EverGreen website.

Delaware

Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Rebates – updated 1/4/2017

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 AFVs. The following rebate amounts are applicable for vehicles purchased between November 1, 2016, and June 30, 2018:

Qualifying VehiclesRebate Amount
All-electric vehicles$3,500
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle and electric vehicles with gasoline range extenders$1,500
Dedicated propane or natural gas vehicles$1,500
Bi-fuel propane or natural gas vehicles$1,350
Dedicated heavy-duty natural gas vehicles$20,000

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 six vehicles per fleet and one vehicle per individual. All vehicles purchased through this rebate program must be titled and registered in the state. Additional terms and conditions apply. For more information, including application guidelines and participating dealers, see the Delaware Clean Vehicle Rebate Program website.

Kansas

Biodiesel Rebates - Kansas Soybean Commission – added 12/19/2016

Kansas residents are eligible for a rebate from the Kansas Soybean Commission of up to $2,000 for fleets ($200 for individuals), for using biodiesel blends above 5% in diesel-powered vehicles. For more information, including how to apply, see the Metropolitan Energy Center Biodiesel Rebate website.

Massachusetts

Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Discounts - Mass Energy – added 11/14/2016

Mass Energy's Drive Green with Mass Energy program provides discounts on qualified PEVs purchased or leased from participating dealerships. The discount program is available to all consumers, including those that are not in Mass Energy's service territory. For more information, including participating dealerships and the discounts they offer, see the Drive Green with Mass Energy website.

Michigan

Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Charging Rate and Infrastructure Rebate - Lansing BWL – updated 11/22/2016

The Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL) offers a pilot PEV time-of-use charging rate to single- or multi-family dwellings of four units or less with separately metered Level 2 electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). Additional terms and conditions apply.

BWL also offers a reimbursement of up to $1,000 for the purchase and installation of EVSE for customers that have enrolled in the PEV charging rate. The program is limited to the first 10 qualified residential customers, and the deadline to apply is June 30, 2017.

For more information, see the BWL PEVs page.

Alternative Fuel Commercial User Tax – added 11/22/2016

Beginning January 1, 2017, an alternative fuel commercial user that has not paid fuel taxes to an alternative fuel dealer must file a monthly report with the Michigan Department of Treasury (Department) to determine taxes owed under Michigan Compiled Laws 207.1152. By the twentieth day of each month, users must file the report detailing the number of gallons or gallon equivalents of alternative fuel consumed during the preceding month. Alternative fuel commercial users must pay the full amount of tax due to the Department at the time of filing the report. (Reference House Bill 5572, 2016, and Michigan Compiled Laws 207.1154)

New York

Municipal Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) and Infrastructure Rebates – updated 12/12/2016

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) administers the Municipal ZEV and Infrastructure Rebate Program (Program). Municipalities may apply for rebates for the purchase or lease of eligible plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, all-electric vehicles, and fuel cell vehicles, and the installation of public electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) or hydrogen fueling infrastructure. Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis through March 31, 2017, or until funds are exhausted. To be eligible for funding, municipalities must purchase or lease vehicles on or after April 1, 2016, and must match 20% of the funds for EVSE and hydrogen fueling infrastructure. Rebates are available as follows:

ZEVs

Required All-Electric RangeRebate Amount for VehicleMaximum Rebate Amount per Municipality
10-50 miles$2,500$375,000
At least 50 miles$2,500$375,000

ZEV Infrastructure

Infrastructure TypeRebate Amount per FacilityMaximum Rebate Amount per Municipality
EVSEUp to $250,000$625,000
HydrogenUp to $250,000$750,000

Additional terms and conditions apply. For more information, see the Program website.

Ohio

School Bus Replacement Grant Program – added 11/9/2016

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports the purchase of replacement school buses in eligible Ohio counties through the Diesel Emission Reduction Grant program. Purchases are also supported with state allocated grant funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Diesel Emission Reduction Act. For more information, see the Ohio EPA Clean School Bus Grants website.

Alternative Fuel Vehicle Conversion Grant Program – added 11/9/2016

In early 2017, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will administer a one-time, $5 million grant program to replace or convert Class 7 and Class 8 diesel or gasoline trucks to natural gas or propane trucks. Vehicles must be privately operated in Ohio at least 50% of the time. Maximum grant awards will be 50% of the fuel components of the new vehicle or 50% of the cost of the conversion parts, up to $25,000. Total grants to any recipient may not exceed $400,000. For more information, see the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Grants website. (Reference House Bill 390, 2016, and Ohio Revised Code 122.076)

Rhode Island

Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Discounts - People's Power & Light (PP&L) – added 11/14/2016

PP&L's Drive Green with PP&L program provides discounts on qualified PEVs purchased or leased from participating dealerships. The discount program is available to all consumers, including those that are not in PP&L's service territory. For more information, including participating dealerships and the discounts they offer, see the Drive Green with PP&L website.

Texas

Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Propane) Vehicle and Equipment Incentive - Propane Council of Texas – updated 1/17/2017

Propane vehicle incentives are available to private, non-profit, local government, state, and school fleets. New dedicated propane vehicles and aftermarket conversions are eligible for an incentive equal to the incremental cost, up to $7,500. Each fleet is limited to $30,000 in total incentive awards.

Additionally, an incentive up to $1,000 is available for each new or converted propane commercial mower operated by public and private entities (excluding state agencies). Applicants are limited to seven incentive awards.

All conversion systems for vehicles and mowers must be certified through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or the California Air Resources Board. All vehicles and mowers must be registered and operated in Texas. Additional terms and conditions apply. For more information, see the Propane Council of Texas website.