Expired, Repealed, and Archived Vermont Incentives and Laws

The following is a list of expired, repealed, and archived incentives, laws, regulations, funding opportunities, or other initiatives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, advanced technologies, or air quality.

Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Research and Development Tax Credit

Archived: 06/01/2017

Vermont businesses that qualify as a high-tech business involved exclusively in the design, development, and manufacture of alternative fuel vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles, all-electric vehicles, or energy technology involving fuel sources other than fossil fuels are eligible for up to three of the following tax credits: 1) payroll income tax credit; 2) qualified research and development income tax credit; 3) export tax credit; 4) small business investment tax credit; and 5) high-tech growth tax credit. Certain limits and restrictions apply. This incentive expires December 31, 2016. (Reference Vermont Statutes Title 32, Chapter 151, Section 5930a, c, f, g, and k)

School Bus Pilot Program

Expired: 09/01/2015

The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles will approve up to three participants for a pilot program to operate Type II school buses that are retrofitted with an auxiliary fuel tank to enable the use of biodiesel, waste vegetable oil, or straight vegetable oil. Eligible buses must pass inspection in accordance with the state School Bus Periodic Inspection Manual and comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. A Type II school bus is defined as a school bus with a manufacturer's rated seating capacity of more than 10 and fewer than 16 passengers, including the operator. The pilot program will expire on September 1, 2015. (Reference Vermont Statutes Title 23, Chapter 1, Section 4)

Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) User Fee Study

Archived: 06/01/2015

The Vermont Agency of Transportation, in consultation with the Joint Fiscal Office, the Motor Vehicle Department, Department of Taxes, and Department of Public Service, analyzed and reported on options for user fees and fee collection mechanisms for AFVs using fuels that are not currently taxed. In addition, the Committee on Transportation Funding released a report on estimated transportation revenues over five years and potential new sources of revenue, including a tax based on vehicle miles traveled. For more information see the Vermont Transportation Funding Options Final Report. (Reference House Bill 770, 2012)

Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Purchase Incentive - Drive Electric Vermont

Archived: 05/01/2015

Drive Electric Vermont is offering a $500 incentive for qualified PEVs purchased at participating dealerships. This pilot program will fund approximately 75 PEVs and is available on a first-come, first served basis. For additional information, including eligibility requirements and participating dealerships, see the Drive Electric Vermont Purchase Incentives page.

Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Promotion

Archived: 08/01/2014

The Vermont Climate Cabinet is responsible for, among other duties, identifying strategies to reduce Vermont's greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on fossil fuel for transportation by encouraging AFVs and more efficient vehicle and mobility choices. (Reference Executive Order 05-11, 2011)

Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) and Infrastructure Funding

Archived: 07/01/2012

The Clean Energy Development Fund provides funding for projects that involve the purchase of dedicated NGVs and development of natural gas fueling infrastructure. To qualify for funding, the NGV must produce fewer emissions than commercially available vehicles using conventional fuel, and fueling infrastructure must deliver natural gas without interruption. (Reference Vermont Statutes Title 30, Chapter 89, Section 8015)

Green Workforce Collaborative

Archived: 07/01/2012

The Vermont Workforce Development Council and the Department of Labor will create a Green Workforce Collaborative to develop and promote career training and employment opportunities for Vermont residents in green industry sectors, including the energy-efficient, low emission, and advanced vehicles industry; the mass transit fleet conversion industry; and the biofuels industry. These programs will enhance the economic and environmental vitality of the state and give priority to programs that provide education, training, and other services to target populations. (Reference House Bill 313, 2009)

Biodiesel Use Study

Archived: 12/31/2009

The Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services, Public Service Board, and Agency of Transportation must submit a report to the state legislature with recommendations for increasing the use of biodiesel in the state vehicle fleet. The report must include recommendations for using biodiesel blends of at least 5% (B5) in the transportation fleet by December 31, 2009, and at least 10% (B10) by 2012. (Reference Senate Bill 209, 2008)

Greenhouse Emissions Study

Archived: 12/15/2008

By December 15, 2008, the Vermont Agency of Transportation must submit a report to the state legislature on the role of motor vehicles in contributing to air emissions in the state and determine what portion of overall statewide energy consumption is attributable to motor vehicle use. The report must also include recommendations to encourage and reward energy-efficient transportation, reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated by the transportation sector, and support alternative modes of transportation, as well as recommendations for public education on clean and efficient transportation options. (Reference Senate Bill 350, 2008)

Governor's Commission on Climate Change

Archived: 09/01/2007

Recognizing that emissions from vehicles are the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Vermont, the Governor's Commission on Climate Change was established to develop recommendations on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state and provide these recommendations to the Governor. The Commission will submit these recommendations to the Governor in a Climate Change Action Plan no later than September 1, 2007. (Reference Executive Order 07-05, 2005)

Electric Vehicle (EV) Lease Program

Archived: 07/01/2005

EVermont coordinates the Vermont Electric Vehicle (EV) Lease Program, leasing EVs to Vermont businesses and institutions. Vehicles used in the lease program are primarily Solectria's E-10 (a converted, fully electric Chevrolet S-10), and Solectria's Force (a converted, fully electric Geo Metro). The average annual lease is $4,000 for EVs and includes complete technical support, all maintenance, liability insurance, license plates and registration fees, and promotional support. For more information, please contact EVermont at (802) 828-4039, or visit the Web site at http://vtccc.w3.uvm.edu/.