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

Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Rebate - SCE – added 7/26/2017

Southern California Edison (SCE) provides rebates of $450 to residential customers who purchase or lease an eligible new or preowned PEV. Residential account holders may apply on behalf of a PEV owner in their household. For more information, see the SCE Clean Fuel Rewards Program website.

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Credit - PG&E – added 8/9/2017

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) administers the Clean Fuel Rebate program, which offers an annual bill credit for CNG account holders that purchase CNG as a transportation fuel from a PG&E station. Customers must have an active CNG transportation fueling account. This program is available through 2020, or until funds are exhausted. Additional terms and conditions apply. For more information, see the Clean Fuel Rebate website.

Volkswagen Group of America's (VW) Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Investment Plan – added 9/11/2017

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved the VW California ZEV Investment Plan. As required by the October 2016 2.0-Liter Partial Consent Decree, VW must invest $800 million over ten years to support the increased adoption of ZEV technology in California. VW will submit a series of four 30-month cycle ZEV investment plans to CARB for approval; EPA has approved the Cycle 1 plan, covering Quarter 1, 2017, through Quarter 2, 2019. The Cycle 1 plan includes building a basic charging network, launching a multi-lingual public outreach and education campaign, and beginning ZEV access projects. ZEV infrastructure rollouts will be focused in six metropolitan areas: Fresno, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego, and Sacramento. VW has also designated Sacramento as the first "Green City," with the goal of offering residents a better quality of life through enhanced mobility and improved air quality. For more information, see the California ZEV Investment Plan: Cycle 1 and CARB's Volkswagen Settlement website.

Colorado

Regional Electric Vehicle (REV) West Plan – added 10/10/2017

Colorado joined Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming (Signatory States) in signing the REV West memorandum of understanding (MOU) to create an Intermountain West Electric Vehicle (EV) Corridor that will make it possible to seamlessly drive an EV across the Signatory States' major transportation corridors. Signatory States are committed to:

  • Create best practices and procedures that will enhance EV adoption by: promoting EV consumer acceptance and awareness by addressing range anxiety, coordinating on EV charging station locations, and leveraging economies of scale;
  • Create minimum standards for EV charging stations, including standards for administration, interoperability, operations, and management;
  • Identify and develop opportunities to incorporate EV charging stations into planning and development processes such as building codes, metering policies, and renewable energy generation projects;
  • Encourage EV manufacturers to stock and market a wide variety of EVs within the Signatory States; and
  • Identify, respond to, and collaborate on funding opportunities to support the development of the Plan.
The Signatory States have formed a Coordination Group composed of senior leadership from each state which will meet on a quarterly basis and report on the above actions. A final report will be completed by April 1, 2018.

Connecticut

Hydrogen and Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Rebate – updated 9/11/2017

The Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate Program (CHEAPR) offers rebates for the incremental cost of the purchase or lease of a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV), all-electric vehicle (EV), or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). Rebates are offered based on battery range in the following amounts:

Vehicle TypeRebate AmountRequired Battery Range
PHEV$2,00040 miles or greater
$500Less than 40 miles
EV$3,000175 miles or greater
$2,000100-174 miles
$500Less than 100 miles
FCEV$5,000-

Rebates are offered on a first-come, first-served basis until funds expire. For more information, see the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection EV Connecticut website.

Autonomous Vehicle Task Force and Pilot Program – added 9/11/2017

A task force is established to study fully autonomous vehicles (AVs), including evaluating the standards established by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regarding state responsibilities for regulating AVs. The task force will also evaluate the laws proposed or enacted by other states to regulate AVs and recommend how the state should regulate AVs. The task force must submit to the Connecticut General Assembly interim reports by January 1, 2018, and July 1, 2018, and a final report by January 1, 2019.

The Connecticut Office of Policy and Management, in consultation with the Departments of Motor Vehicles, Transportation, and Emergency Services and Public Protection, will establish a pilot program for up to four municipalities to allow approved candidates to test AVs on local highways. No later than January 1, 2019, and annually thereafter, the Office of Policy and Management will submit a report to the General Assembly on the implementation and progress of the pilot program.

(Reference Senate Bill 260, 2017)

Delaware

Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Rebates – updated 10/11/2017

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 vehicle (EV)$3,500
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV; including vehicles with gasoline range extenders)$1,500
Converted EV and PHEV$1,500
EV or PHEV over $60,000$1,000
Dedicated propane or natural gas vehicle (NGV)$1,500
Bi-fuel propane or NGV$1,350
Dedicated heavy-duty NGV$20,000

Eligible applicants include Delaware residents, businesses, organizations, and government entities. Rebate applications must be signed by both the purchaser and a 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 Fuel and Transportation Initiative website.

Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Rebate - PECO – added 10/11/2017

PECO provides rebates of $50 to residential customers who purchase a new, qualified PEV. For more information, see the PECO Driver Rebate website.

Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Rebates – updated 10/11/2017

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.

Rebate amounts are 50% of the cost of a residential charging station, up to $500, and 75% of the cost of a commercial or workplace charging station, up to $2,500 or $5,000, respectively.

Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis to Delaware residents, businesses, organizations, and government entities. Rebates are limited to six EVSE per fleet and one EVSE per individual. Additional terms and conditions apply. For more information, including application guidelines, see the Delaware Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Rebate Programwebsite.

Connected and Automated Vehicles Advisory Council – added 10/11/2017

Delaware Department of Transportation will establish an Advisory Council to evaluate the impact of connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) on public safety, cyber security, legal issues, privacy, and the design and construction of the transportation network. The Advisory Council will review state motor vehicle laws and make recommendations for tools and strategies that can be used to prepare Delaware's transportation network for CAVs. The Advisory Council will prepare a report of its activities and recommendations for the governor and General Assembly by September 5, 2018. (Reference Executive Order 14, 2017)

Iowa

Biofuel Infrastructure Grants – updated 8/13/2017

The Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program provides financial assistance to qualified E85 or dual E15 and biodiesel retailers. Cost-share grants are available to upgrade or install new E85 or dual E15 and biodiesel infrastructure. Three-year cost-share grants are available for up to 50% of the total cost of the total project, up to $30,000, and five-year cost-share grants are available for up to 70% of the total cost of the project, up to $50,000.

Biodiesel distributors may apply for cost-share grants for infrastructure upgrades and installations at biodiesel terminal facilities. Facilities blending or dispensing blends ranging from 2% biodiesel (B2) to 98% biodiesel (B98) are eligible for up to 50% of the total project, up to $50,000. Facilities blending or dispensing B99 or B100 are eligible for up to 50% of the total project, up to $100,000.

The Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Board receives administrative support from staff within the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the 11-member board has authority to determine the eligibility of applicants. For more information, refer to the Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program website.

(Reference House File 643, 2017, and Iowa Code 159A.13-159A.15)

Idaho

Regional Electric Vehicle (REV) West Plan – added 10/10/2017

Idaho joined Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming (Signatory States) in signing the REV West memorandum of understanding (MOU) to create an Intermountain West Electric Vehicle (EV) Corridor that will make it possible to seamlessly drive an EV across the Signatory States' major transportation corridors. Signatory States are committed to:

  • Create best practices and procedures that will enhance EV adoption by: promoting EV consumer acceptance and awareness by addressing range anxiety, coordinating on EV charging station locations, and leveraging economies of scale;
  • Create minimum standards for EV charging stations, including standards for administration, interoperability, operations, and management;
  • Identify and develop opportunities to incorporate EV charging stations into planning and development processes such as building codes, metering policies, and renewable energy generation projects;
  • Encourage EV manufacturers to stock and market a wide variety of EVs within the Signatory States; and
  • Identify, respond to, and collaborate on funding opportunities to support the development of the Plan.
The Signatory States have formed a Coordination Group composed of senior leadership from each state which will meet on a quarterly basis and report on the above actions. A final report will be completed by April 1, 2018.

Illinois

Biofuels Tax Exemption – updated 7/27/2017

Sales and use taxes apply to 80% of the proceeds from the sale of fuel blends containing between 1% and 10% biodiesel and the sale of fuels containing 10% ethanol (E10) made between July 1, 2003, and July 1, 2017. If at any time these taxes are imposed at a rate of 1.25%, the tax on biodiesel blends and E10 will apply to 100% of the proceeds of sales. These taxes do not apply to the proceeds from the sale of biodiesel blends containing more than 10% biodiesel up to 99% biodiesel or fuels containing between 70% and 90% ethanol (E70-E90) sold between July 1, 2003, and December 31, 2023. Taxes will apply to 100% of the proceeds from biodiesel and ethanol fuel blend sales made after December 31, 2023. (Reference Senate Bill 9, 2017, and 35 Illinois Compiled Statutes 120/2-10, 105/3-10, and 105/3-44)

Indiana

Volkswagen Settlement Allocation – added 10/20/2017

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) and the Indiana Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund Committee (Committee) are responsible for establishing a plan for the allocation of any funds the State receives from the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Agreement. IDEM and the Committee will ensure that the funds are distributed in alignment with the purpose of the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Agreement; to offset oxides of nitrogen emissions from vehicles. For more information, and a list of projects eligible for funding, see the Indiana Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Program website. (Reference Executive Order 17-22, 2017)

Louisiana

Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) and Fueling Infrastructure Tax Credit – updated 9/11/2017

The state offers an income tax credit of 30% of the cost of converting a vehicle to operate on an alternative fuel, the incremental cost of purchasing an original equipment manufacturer AFV, and the cost of alternative fueling equipment. Alternatively, a taxpayer may take a tax credit of 10% of the cost of the motor vehicle, up to $2,500. To qualify for the tax credit, vehicles must be dedicated AFVs and registered in Louisiana. Commercial vehicles should primarily be used in Louisiana and operate for at least four years. For the purpose of this incentive, alternative fuels include natural gas; propane; non-ethanol based advanced biofuels (excluding flexible fuel vehicles); and electricity if the vehicle has at least four wheels, is primarily for on-street use, can attain a minimum speed of 55 miles per hour, has a minimum battery capacity of four kilowatt-hours, and can be charged externally. Restrictions may apply. (Reference Senate Bill 172 and 243, 2017, Louisiana Administrative Code Title 61, Section 1913, and Louisiana Revised Statutes 47:6035)

Minnesota

Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) Access to Roadways – updated 8/10/2017

An NEV is an electric vehicle that has three or four wheels and is capable of achieving speeds between 20 miles per hours (mph) and 25 mph on a paved level surface. An NEV must be titled according to state law and may be operated on public streets and highways if it meets all equipment and vehicle safety requirements in Title 49 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, section 571.500, and successor requirements. An NEV may not operate on a roadway with a speed limit greater than 35 mph, except to cross that roadway. A road authority may prohibit or further restrict the operation of NEVs on any street or highway under the road authority's jurisdiction. (Reference House File 3, 2017, and Minnesota Statutes 169.011 and 169.224)

Biofuel Production Grant Program – added 8/10/2017

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture provides grants to biofuel producers for up to $2.1053 per million British Thermal Unit (MMbtu) for advanced biofuel produced from cellulosic biomass and $1.053 per MMbtu for advanced biofuel produced from sugar- or starch-based crops. Eligible facilities must obtain 80% of their feedstocks from Minnesota; begin production by June 30, 2025; and not produce more than 23,750 MMbtu of biofuel quarterly before July 1, 2015. Additional requirements apply. Payments will not be made for production that occurs after June 30, 2035. For more information, see the Advanced Biofuels Production Incentive Program website. (Reference Minnesota Statutes 41A.16 and 239.051)

Montana

Regional Electric Vehicle (REV) West Plan – added 10/10/2017

Montana joined Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming (Signatory States) in signing the REV West memorandum of understanding (MOU) to create an Intermountain West Electric Vehicle (EV) Corridor that will make it possible to seamlessly drive an EV across the Signatory States' major transportation corridors. Signatory States are committed to:

  • Create best practices and procedures that will enhance EV adoption by: promoting EV consumer acceptance and awareness by addressing range anxiety, coordinating on EV charging station locations, and leveraging economies of scale;
  • Create minimum standards for EV charging stations, including standards for administration, interoperability, operations, and management;
  • Identify and develop opportunities to incorporate EV charging stations into planning and development processes such as building codes, metering policies, and renewable energy generation projects;
  • Encourage EV manufacturers to stock and market a wide variety of EVs within the Signatory States; and
  • Identify, respond to, and collaborate on funding opportunities to support the development of the Plan.
The Signatory States have formed a Coordination Group composed of senior leadership from each state which will meet on a quarterly basis and report on the above actions. A final report will be completed by April 1, 2018.

North Carolina

Autonomous Vehicle Regulations and Committee – added 9/6/2017

A fully autonomous vehicle is defined as a vehicle equipped with an automated driving system that will not require an occupant to operate the real-time and tactical control functions of the vehicle at any time.

Effective December 1, 2017, the operator of a fully autonomous vehicle is not required to be licensed to operate a motor vehicle. A person may operate a fully autonomous vehicle if the vehicle:

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is creating the Fully Autonomous Vehicle Committee to consider matters relevant to autonomous vehicle technology, review state motor vehicle laws, and make recommendations concerning vehicle testing, traffic rules and ordinances, and changes needed to state laws.

(Reference House Bill 469, 2017, and North Carolina General Statutes 20-400 through 20-403)

Nebraska

Biofuels Innovation Grants – added 8/9/2017

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development's Bioscience Innovation Program provides funding assistance to qualified bioscience businesses for innovative biofuels projects. This program is available through December 1, 2021. Additional terms and conditions apply. For more information, including application deadlines, see the Qualified Action Plan. (Reference Legislative Bill 641, 2017; and Nebraska Revised Statutes 81-12,155.01 and 81-12,153)

Cellulosic Ethanol Investment Tax Credit – updated 8/9/2017

A qualified investor may receive a tax credit for 40% of an investment of up to $350,000 in a small business that is improving, researching, developing, or producing a proprietary product, process, or service related to cellulosic ethanol. A qualified investor is an individual, trust, or pass-through entity that meets certain requirements set by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development. An eligible small business must employ up to 25 individuals, be headquartered in Nebraska, and employ over half of its employees in the state or have over half of its total payroll paid or incurred in the state. Up to $4 million in tax credits is available annually until 2022, and a single qualified small business may claim up to $1 million in tax credits. (Reference Legislative Bill 217, 2017, and Nebraska Revised Statutes 77-2715.07, 77-6301, and 77-6306)

New Jersey

All-Electric Vehicle (EV) Rebate - PSE&G – updated 10/17/2017

Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) customers are eligible for a $10,000 rebate for the purchase of a new 2017 Nissan Leaf at participating dealerships. Rebates are available through December 31, 2017, or until funds are exhausted. For more information, see the PSE&G Nissan Leaf Rebate Flyer.

New Mexico

Regional Electric Vehicle (REV) West Plan – added 10/10/2017

New Mexico joined Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming (Signatory States) in signing the REV West memorandum of understanding (MOU) to create an Intermountain West Electric Vehicle (EV) Corridor that will make it possible to seamlessly drive an EV across the Signatory States' major transportation corridors. Signatory States are committed to:

  • Create best practices and procedures that will enhance EV adoption by: promoting EV consumer acceptance and awareness by addressing range anxiety, coordinating on EV charging station locations, and leveraging economies of scale;
  • Create minimum standards for EV charging stations, including standards for administration, interoperability, operations, and management;
  • Identify and develop opportunities to incorporate EV charging stations into planning and development processes such as building codes, metering policies, and renewable energy generation projects;
  • Encourage EV manufacturers to stock and market a wide variety of EVs within the Signatory States; and
  • Identify, respond to, and collaborate on funding opportunities to support the development of the Plan.
The Signatory States have formed a Coordination Group composed of senior leadership from each state which will meet on a quarterly basis and report on the above actions. A final report will be completed by April 1, 2018.

Nevada

Autonomous Technology Funding Authorization – added 9/8/2017

A regional transportation commission that operates in a Nevada county with a population of 700,000 or more may provide grants to fund projects that promote innovative transportation and transit technology, including autonomous technology. Autonomous technology is defined as technology that is installed on a motor vehicle and has the capability to drive the vehicle without the active control or monitoring of a human operator. (Reference Senate Bill 149, 2017, and Nevada Revised Statutes 277A and 482A.025)

Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Demonstration Program Requirements – added 9/8/2017

The Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Demonstration Program (Program) requires Nevada utilities to promote and incentivize the deployment of EVSE. Utilities must submit an annual plan for implementing the Program in their service areas to the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN). Plans may include, but are not limited to, any of the following measures:

  • Payment of incentives to customers that install EVSE;
  • Time-of-use rates for electricity used to charge plug-in electric vehicles;
  • EVSE education and awareness programs for customers; and
  • Technical assistance programs for government fleets and private organizations.
Utilities may request to recover the costs associated with carrying out the Program, including customer incentives, by filing an application with the PUCN. For more information, see the Nevada Electric Vehicle Programs and Resources website. (Reference Senate Bill 145, 2017, and Nevada Revised Statutes 701B and 704.110)

Regional Electric Vehicle (REV) West Plan – added 10/10/2017

Nevada joined Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming (Signatory States) in signing the REV West memorandum of understanding (MOU) to create an Intermountain West Electric Vehicle (EV) Corridor that will make it possible to seamlessly drive an EV across the Signatory States' major transportation corridors. Signatory States are committed to:

  • Create best practices and procedures that will enhance EV adoption by: promoting EV consumer acceptance and awareness by addressing range anxiety, coordinating on EV charging station locations, and leveraging economies of scale;
  • Create minimum standards for EV charging stations, including standards for administration, interoperability, operations, and management;
  • Identify and develop opportunities to incorporate EV charging stations into planning and development processes such as building codes, metering policies, and renewable energy generation projects;
  • Encourage EV manufacturers to stock and market a wide variety of EVs within the Signatory States; and
  • Identify, respond to, and collaborate on funding opportunities to support the development of the Plan.
The Signatory States have formed a Coordination Group composed of senior leadership from each state which will meet on a quarterly basis and report on the above actions. A final report will be completed by April 1, 2018.

Autonomous Vehicle Testing and Operation Requirements – added 9/8/2017

An autonomous vehicle may not be tested or operated on a highway in Nevada unless it is capable of operating in compliance with all applicable motor vehicle and traffic laws, it has been granted an exemption by the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), and it meets the following requirements:

  • It is equipped with an easily accessible way for the driver to engage or disengage the autonomous driving system;
  • It contains an indicator inside of the vehicle that notifies the driver when the autonomous driving system is engaged;
  • It has a means to alert the driver to take manual control of the vehicle should the autonomous driving system fail; and
  • If operated without the direct control of the driver, it is capable of reaching a reasonably safe state as determined by the DMV, such as bringing the vehicle to a complete stop, in the event that the automated driving system fails.
Autonomous vehicles are motor vehicles equipped with technology that allows vehicle automation to perform one or more driving functions without the direct control of the driver.

(Reference Assembly Bill 69, 2017, and Nevada Revised Statutes 482A.025 through 482A.080 and 482A.100)

Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) and Infrastructure Grants – added 9/8/2017

The Nevada Office of Energy will establish the Nevada Clean Energy Fund to fund qualified clean energy projects, including any program, technology, product, or service that supports the deployment of AFVs and related infrastructure. Technologies that involve the combustion of fossil fuels are not eligible for funding. (Reference Senate Bill 407, 2017)

Oregon

Plug-In Electric Vehicle and Vehicle Efficiency Fees – added 9/11/2017

Beginning January 1, 2020, all-electric vehicle owners must pay an annual fee of $110. Medium-speed EV owners must pay an annual fee of $58. All other vehicles must pay an annual fee in the following amounts:

Vehicle EfficiencyAnnual Fee
Vehicles with a rating of 0-19 miles per gallon (mpg)$18
Vehicles with a rating of 20-39 mpg$23
Vehicles with a rating of 40 mpg or greater$33

These fees are in addition to standard registration fees. (Reference House Bill 2017, 2017)

Clean School Bus Grants – added 9/11/2017

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality must use funds awarded to Oregon through the Volkswagen Clean Air Act Civil Settlement and deposited in the Clean Diesel Engine Fund, to award grants to owners and operators of at least 450 school buses powered by diesel engines. Eligible vehicles include buses that have at least three years of remaining useful life. Grants will be available for 30%, up to $50,000, for the purchase of a new bus or up to 100% of the cost to retrofit a school bus with emissions-reducing parts or technology that reduce diesel particulate matter emissions by at least 85%. (Reference Senate Bill 1008, 2017)

Rented Commercial Property Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Installations – added 10/10/2017

The tenant of a commercial space may submit an application to install EVSE for the use of the tenant, employees of the tenant, and customers of the tenant. Unless the premises does not have at least one parking space per rental unit, the landlord must approve a completed application no more than 60 days after the tenant submits the application. In the absence of a different tenant-landlord agreement, the EVSE will be personal property of the tenant and the tenant is responsible for all costs associated with installation and use of the EVSE. The tenant is responsible for maintaining a renter's liability insurance policy of at least $1 million. Upon the termination of the rental agreement, the landlord may require the tenant to remove the charging station and restore the premises. (Reference House Bill 2510, 2017)

Authorization of Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) and Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) Rebates – added 9/11/2017

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will establish a state rebate program for the purchase or lease of new light-duty ZEVs and PHEVs. DEQ will set the rebate amount annually. ZEVs or PHEVs with a battery capacity of 10 kilowatt-hours (kWh) or more will be eligible for rebates between $1,500 and $2,500 and ZEVs or PHEVs with a battery capacity of less than 10 kWh will be eligible for rebates between $750 and $1,500. Qualified vehicles must have a manufacturer's suggested retail price of less than $50,000.

Low- and moderate-income drivers that live in areas with elevated concentrations of air pollution will be eligible for an additional rebate of up to $2,500 for the purchase or lease of a new or used ZEV to replace a vehicle that is more than 20 years old.

(Reference House Bill 2017, 2017)

Rhode Island

Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Charging Parking Restriction – added 10/6/2017

No person can stop, stand, or park a vehicle in a parking space where there is a PEV charging station and signage indicating that parking is for PEV charging only, unless the vehicle is connected to the charging equipment. Violations will be subject to a fine of $85. (Reference Senate Bill 77, 2017, and Rhode Island General Laws 31-21-18)

Climate Change Action Plan – added 10/6/2017

The Rhode Island Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council (Council) and the State Chief Resiliency Officer will develop a statewide Action Plan to Stand Up to Climate Change (Plan) and submit the Plan to the governor by July 1, 2018. The Plan will provide recommendations to make Rhode Island's residents, economy, infrastructure (including transportation), health system, and natural resources more resilient to the impacts of climate change. (Reference Executive Order 17-10, 2017)

South Carolina

Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Revolving Loan Program for Private Entities – updated 8/9/2017

The South Carolina Business Development Corporation provides low interest loans for a variety of energy efficiency improvements, including AFV conversions and incremental costs, with qualified project payback periods. Eligible recipients include business and industries; utilities, non-profit organizations, and government entities may be eligible under special conditions. The loan may cover up to 100% of the project costs ranging from $50,000 to $1 million and must be repaid after one and one half times the projected payback period of the loan. For more information, including application deadlines, see the Energy Efficiency Revolving Loan website. (Reference South Carolina Code of Laws 48-52-650)

Alternative Fuel Vehicle Fee – updated 8/9/2017

Beginning January 1, 2018, owners of plug-in electric vehicles and fuel cell electric vehicles must pay a biennial fee of $120, in addition to standard registration fees. Hybrid electric vehicle owners must pay a biennial fee of $60. (Reference House Bill 3516, 2017, and South Carolina Code of Laws 56-3-645 and 12-28-110(39))

Texas

Clean School Bus Program – updated 8/10/2017

Any school district or charter school may receive a grant through the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to pay for the incremental costs to replace school buses or install diesel oxidation catalysts, diesel particulate filters, emission-reducing add-on equipment, and other emissions reduction technologies in qualified school buses. Furthermore, funds may also be used to purchase qualifying fuels, including any liquid or gaseous fuel or additive registered or verified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (other than standard gasoline or diesel) that provides particulate matter emission reductions. Additional rules and conditions apply. For more information, see the TCEQ Texas Emissions Reduction Plan website. (Reference Senate Bill 1731, 2017, Texas Statutes, Health and Safety Code 390, and Texas Administrative Code 114.640-114.648)

Light-Duty Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebates – added 8/10/2017

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) administers the Light-Duty Motor Vehicle Purchase or Lease Incentive Program for the purchase or lease of a new light-duty vehicle powered by compressed natural gas (CNG), propane, hydrogen, or electricity. CNG and propane vehicles are eligible for a rebate of $5,000 for the first 1,000 applicants. Electric drive vehicles powered by a battery or hydrogen fuel cell are eligible for a rebate of $2,500, for the first 2,000 applicants. One rebate will be available per eligible vehicle.

For more information, including eligibility requirements and application periods, see the TCEQ Texas Emissions Reduction Plan website.

(Reference Senate Bill 1731, 2017, Texas Statutes, Health and Safety Code 386, and Texas Administrative Code 114.610-114.613)

Clean Fleet Grants – updated 8/10/2017

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) administers the Texas Clean Fleet Program (TCFP) as part of the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP). TCFP encourages owners of fleets containing diesel vehicles to permanently remove the vehicles from the road and replace them with alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) or hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). Grants are available to fleets to offset the incremental cost of such replacement projects. An entity that operates a fleet of at least 75 vehicles and commits to placing 10 or more qualifying vehicles in service for use in the Clean Transportation Zone may be eligible. Qualifying AFV or HEV replacements must reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides or other pollutants by at least 25% as compared to baseline levels and must replace vehicles that meet operational and fuel usage requirements. Neighborhood electric vehicles do not qualify. For more information, including current application periods, see the TCEQ TERP website. (Reference Senate Bill 1731, 2017, Texas Statutes, Health and Safety Code 386 and 392, and Texas Administrative Code 114.650-114.658)

Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) Weight Exemption – added 8/10/2017

NGVs may exceed the maximum gross vehicle weight limit and the axle weight limit by an amount equal to the difference of the weight of the natural gas tank and fueling system and the weight of a comparable diesel tank and fueling system. The NGV must not exceed a maximum gross vehicle weight of 82,000 pounds. (Reference Senate Bill 1102, 2017, and Texas Statutes, Transportation Code 621.101)

Support for Automated Vehicle (AV) Testing and Operation – added 8/10/2017

Effective September 1, 2017, Texas state agencies must support the testing and operation of AVs. AV usage is authorized if the driving system complies with state and federal laws and is equipped with a recording device. AVs are motor vehicles equipped with technology that allows vehicle automation to perform one or more driving functions without the direct control of the driver. In the event of an accident, the vehicle operator must notify local authorities or the Texas Department of Public Safety. (Reference Senate Bill 2205, 2017)

Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Charging Rate Incentive - Austin Energy – added 8/10/2017

Austin Energy offers a pilot time-of-use charging rate to residential customers with PEVs and electric vehicle supply equipment. For more information, see the Austin Energy Plug-In Rebate website.

Utah

Regional Electric Vehicle (REV) West Plan – added 10/10/2017

Utah joined Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, and Wyoming (Signatory States) in signing the REV West memorandum of understanding (MOU) to create an Intermountain West Electric Vehicle (EV) Corridor that will make it possible to seamlessly drive an EV across the Signatory States' major transportation corridors. Signatory States are committed to:

  • Create best practices and procedures that will enhance EV adoption by: promoting EV consumer acceptance and awareness by addressing range anxiety, coordinating on EV charging station locations, and leveraging economies of scale;
  • Create minimum standards for EV charging stations, including standards for administration, interoperability, operations, and management;
  • Identify and develop opportunities to incorporate EV charging stations into planning and development processes such as building codes, metering policies, and renewable energy generation projects;
  • Encourage EV manufacturers to stock and market a wide variety of EVs within the Signatory States; and
  • Identify, respond to, and collaborate on funding opportunities to support the development of the Plan.
The Signatory States have formed a Coordination Group composed of senior leadership from each state which will meet on a quarterly basis and report on the above actions. A final report will be completed by April 1, 2018.

Wyoming

Regional Electric Vehicle (REV) West Plan – added 10/10/2017

Wyoming joined Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah (Signatory States) in signing the REV West memorandum of understanding (MOU) to create an Intermountain West Electric Vehicle (EV) Corridor that will make it possible to seamlessly drive an EV across the Signatory States' major transportation corridors. Signatory States are committed to:

  • Create best practices and procedures that will enhance EV adoption by: promoting EV consumer acceptance and awareness by addressing range anxiety, coordinating on EV charging station locations, and leveraging economies of scale;
  • Create minimum standards for EV charging stations, including standards for administration, interoperability, operations, and management;
  • Identify and develop opportunities to incorporate EV charging stations into planning and development processes such as building codes, metering policies, and renewable energy generation projects;
  • Encourage EV manufacturers to stock and market a wide variety of EVs within the Signatory States; and
  • Identify, respond to, and collaborate on funding opportunities to support the development of the Plan.
The Signatory States have formed a Coordination Group composed of senior leadership from each state which will meet on a quarterly basis and report on the above actions. A final report will be completed by April 1, 2018.