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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Alabama

Idle Reduction and Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) Weight Exemption – updated 7/11/2018

Any motor vehicle equipped with an auxiliary power unit (APU) or other idle reduction technology may exceed the gross, axle, tandem, or bridge formula weight limits by up to 400 pounds (lbs.). To be eligible for the weight exemption, the vehicle operator must be able to provide written proof or certification of the weight of the APU and demonstrate or certify that the idle reduction technology is fully functional at all times. Any NGV may exceed the limits by up to 2,000 lbs. (Reference House Bill 40, 2018, and Code of Alabama 32-9-20)

Arizona

Reduced Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) License Tax – updated 7/6/2018

The vehicle license tax for an AFV is $4 for every $100 in assessed value. During the first year after initial registration, the AFV's assessed value is 1% of the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) compared to 60% for conventional vehicles. For each succeeding year, the original value of the AFV is reduced by 15%. The minimum amount of the annual AFV license tax is $5. For the purpose of this tax, AFVs include those powered exclusively by propane, natural gas, electricity, hydrogen, or a blend of hydrogen with propane or natural gas.

Beginning January 1, 2020, the vehicle license tax for a previously registered AFV will be a percentage of the MSRP set by Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). For each succeeding year, the original value of the AFV is reduced by 15%. The vehicle license tax for an AFV that is less than 10,000 pounds gross weight this is purchased on or after January 1, 2020, will be 30% of the MSRP. For each succeeding year, the original value of the AFV is reduced by 15%.

For more information, see the ADOT AFV website.

(Reference House Bill2166, 2018, and Arizona Revised Statutes 28-5801)

All-Electric Vehicle Rebate - Salt River Project (SRP) – updated 7/19/2018

SRP customers are eligible for a $3,000 rebate for the purchase of a new 2018 Nissan LEAF at participating dealerships. Rebates are available through September 30, 2018. For more information, see the SRP Nissan Leaf Rebate Flyer.

Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Safe Testing Regulations – added 4/24/2018

Arizona state agencies must support the testing and operation of AVs on public roads. Testing and operation of AVs must follow all applicable federal and state traffic and motor vehicle safety, insurance, accident reporting, titling, and registration laws and regulations. The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) may implement additional rules necessary to support AVs. Arizona formed the Self-Driving Vehicle Oversight Committee to advise ADOT and facilitate the advancement of AV technology.

Permission to test or operate AVs on public roads will be suspended or revoked if any applicable laws and regulations are violated. To test or operate AVs without a person present in the vehicle, an applicant must submit a written statement to ADOT stating that the vehicle meets all applicable requirements. If the vehicle's automated driving system fails, the vehicle must be brought to a complete stop or safe state. The Arizona Department of Public Safety and law enforcement agencies will develop protocols on how first responders should interact with a fully autonomous vehicle in emergency and traffic enforcement situations.

(Reference Executive Order 2018-04, 2018, and Executive Order 2015-09, 2015)

Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Charging Rate Incentive - Tucson Electric Power (TEP) – added 5/25/2018

TEP offers a discounted residential service time-of-use (TOU) rate during off-peak periods to customers who own and operate a PEV. The discount is a 5% reduction to applicable charges during the off-peak period. Eligible customers must provide documentation for a highway-approved PEV and submit a copy of the PEV's registration annually. For more information, including the application, see the TEP TOU website.

Workplace Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Rebate - Salt River Project (SRP) – added 7/6/2018

SRP offers a rebate to business customers who purchase and install Level 2 EVSE for use by their employees. The rebate is $500 per Level 2 EVSE charging port installed, limited to 12 per business. Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, including eligibility requirements and how to receive the rebate, see the SRP Rebates website.

California

Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Deployment Support – updated 6/25/2018

California joined Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont in signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to support the deployment of ZEVs through involvement in a ZEV Program Implementation Task Force (Task Force). In May 2014, the Task Force published a ZEV Action Plan (Plan) identifying 11 priority actions to accomplish the goals of the MOU, including deploying at least 3.3 million ZEVs and adequate fueling infrastructure within the signatory states by 2025. The Plan also includes a research agenda to inform future actions. On an annual basis, each state must report on the number of registered ZEVs, the number of public electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) and hydrogen fueling stations, and available information regarding workplace fueling for ZEVs.

In June 2018, the Task Force published a new ZEV Action Plan for 2018-2021. Building on the 2014 Action Plan, the 2018 Action Plan makes recommendations for states and other key partners in five priority areas:

  • Raising consumer awareness and interest in electric vehicle technology;
  • Building out a reliable and convenient residential, workplace and public charging/fueling infrastructure network;
  • Continuing and improving access to consumer purchase and non-financial incentives;
  • Expanding public and private sector fleet adoption; and
  • Supporting dealership efforts to increase ZEV sales.

For more information, see the Multi-State ZEV Task Force website.

Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Incentive Program Support – added 7/9/2018

The California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP), funded by the California Energy Commission, provides guidance and funding for local governments and organizations to develop and implement EVSE incentive programs that help meet regional needs for Level 2 and DC fast chargers. CALeVIP evaluates proposed EVSE incentive programs and solicits input from stakeholders to guide the development and implementation of the programs. CALeVIP also provides the incentive funding for each program. For more information, see the CALeVIP website.

Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Rebate - Fresno County – added 7/9/2018

The Fresno County Incentive Project (FCIP), funded by the California Energy Commission, offers rebates of up to $400 for single port EVSE and up to $7,000 for dual port EVSE towards the purchase and installation of the unit. Eligible applicants include businesses, non-profit organizations, or government entities based in California, or with a California-based affiliate, as well as property owners or entities with property owner authorization to install EVSE. Qualifying installation sites are commercial, workplace, multi-unit dwelling, or public facilities located in Fresno County. For more information, see the FCIP website.

Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Rebate - SCE – added 7/9/2018

Southern California Edison's (SCE) Charge Ready Home Installation Rebate Program offers rebates for residential customers of up to $1,500 towards the installation and permitting costs for a residential Level 2 EVSE. Eligible expenses include the costs associated with electrical upgrades and permit fees, not the cost of the EVSE unit. To qualify, customers must be enrolled in a SCE time-of-use (TOU) rate. Rebate amounts vary depending on the TOU rate in which the customer is enrolled. Additional terms and conditions apply. For more information, including application guidelines, see the Charge Ready Home Installation Rebate Program website.

Colorado

Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) and Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Grants – updated 7/11/2018

The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) and Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) provide grants through the Charge Ahead Colorado program to support PEV and EVSE adoption by individual drivers and fleets. Both CEO and RAQC grants will fund 80% of the cost of EVSE, up to $9,000 for a dual port Level 2 station and up to $30,000 for a DC fast charging station. Eligible DC fast stations must have both CHAdeMO and SAE CCS J1772 connectors and be capable of providing at least 50 kilowatts to one vehicle.

CEO administers grants outside the Denver Metro Area while RAQC administers grants inside the Denver Metro Area. RAQC also provides funding for 80% of the incremental cost for qualified PEVs, up to $8,260. Eligible EVSE applicants are local governments, including school districts; state/federal agencies; public universities; public transit agencies; private non-profit or for-profit corporations; landlords of multi-family apartment buildings; and owners associations of common interest communities. For vehicle funding, priority will be given to organizations that are excluded from the Colorado Innovative Motor Vehicle Credit. Criteria and eligibility differ depending on which agency provides funding. For more information, including application deadlines, see the Charge Ahead Colorado Grant Application website.

(Reference Colorado Revised Statutes 24-38.5-103)

Alternative Fuel Vehicle Fleet Technical Assistance – updated 7/11/2018

Refuel Colorado works to build self-sustaining alternative fuel markets by working with a variety of stakeholders, including, but not limited to, fleets, communities, fuel providers, dealerships, and advocacy groups. Local technicians help fleet identify monetary savings and other advantages from converting to alternative fuels. Technicians are available statewide and free-of-charge. For more information, including a list of regional contacts, see the Refuel Colorado Fleets website.

Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) Standards Requirement – added 6/20/2018

The Governor has directed the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to develop a rule to establish a Colorado LEV program. The LEV program will incorporate the California motor vehicle emissions and compliance requirements specified in Title 13 of the California Code of Regulations. CDPHE must propose the rule to the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission in August 2018 for the adoption into the Colorado Code of Regulations by December 30, 2018. (Reference Executive Order B 2018-006, 2018)

Impact Assistance Program for Public Fleets – added 7/11/2018

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) offers funding for the incremental cost of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) for public fleets. Eligible entities include municipalities, counties, and special districts. Additionally, eligible fleets may apply for DOLA funding to cover the matching funds required through the Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) ALT Fuels Colorado program. For more information, see the DOLA Energy Impact Assistance Fund Grant website.

Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Rebate - Gunnison County Electric Association (GCEA) – added 7/11/2018

GCEA provides rebates to residential customers toward the purchase of Level 2 EVSE. Eligible customers who purchase and install EVSE can receive a rebate of 35% of the cost of the EVSE, up to $250. Customers who purchase the EVSE directly through GCEA may receive a 5% discount on the equipment. To qualify, applicants must also sign up for a time-of-use rate. For more information, see the GCEA EVSE Rebate website.

Connecticut

Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Deployment Support – updated 6/25/2018

Connecticut joined California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont in signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to support the deployment of ZEVs through involvement in a ZEV Program Implementation Task Force (Task Force). In May 2014, the Task Force published a ZEV Action Plan (Plan) identifying 11 priority actions to accomplish the goals of the MOU, including deploying at least 3.3 million ZEVs and adequate fueling infrastructure within the signatory states by 2025. The Plan also includes a research agenda to inform future actions. On an annual basis, each state must report on the number of registered ZEVs, the number of public electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) and hydrogen fueling stations, and available information regarding workplace fueling for ZEVs.

In June 2018, the Task Force published a new ZEV Action Plan for 2018-2021. Building on the 2014 Action Plan, the 2018 Action Plan makes recommendations for states and other key partners in five priority areas:

  • Raising consumer awareness and interest in electric vehicle technology;
  • Building out a reliable and convenient residential, workplace and public charging/fueling infrastructure network;
  • Continuing and improving access to consumer purchase and non-financial incentives;
  • Expanding public and private sector fleet adoption; and
  • Supporting dealership efforts to increase ZEV sales.

For more information, see the Multi-State ZEV Task Force website.

Utility Company Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Rates – updated 6/30/2018

By July 1, 2018, utility companies must evaluate if it is appropriate to implement PEV time of day rates for residential and commercial customers. A time-of-day rate is a rate for PEVs that is designed to reflect the cost of electricity to the consumer at different times of the day. Utilities that have already made this determination prior to July 1, 2017, are not required to do so again. (Reference Senate Bill 333, 2018, and Connecticut General Statutes 16-19f)

Autonomous Vehicle Task Force and Pilot Program – updated 6/30/2018

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 an interim report by July 1, 2019, and a final report by January 1, 2020.

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. For more information about the pilot program, including how to apply, see the Fully Autonomous Vehicle Testing Pilot Program website.

(Reference House Bill 5314, 2018, and Public Act 17-69)

Heavy-Duty Vehicle Emissions Reduction Grants – added 6/7/2018

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) allocates a portion of its designated funds from the Volkswagen Clean Air Act Civil Settlement for the replacement or repower of eligible heavy-duty on-road vehicles through its Diesel Emissions Mitigation Program (Program). The Program provides up to 65% of the cost of new diesel or alternative fuel replacements and repowers for eligible public entities. For eligible private entities, the Program provides up to 40% of the cost of a new diesel or alternative fuel repower, up to 25% of the cost of a new diesel or alternative fuel vehicle, up to 60% of the cost of an all-electric repower, and up to 60% of the cost of a new all-electric vehicle and associated charging infrastructure. Vehicles that qualify for replacement or repower include:

Model YearVehicle Type
1992-2009Class 8 Local Freight Trucks and Port Drayage Trucks
1992-2009Class 4-7 Local Freight Trucks
2009 or olderClass 4-8 School Buses, Shuttle Buses, and Transit Buses

For more information, including application guidelines, see the DEEP VW Grant Information website.

Loans for Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEVs) and Residential Charging Infrastructure – added 7/9/2018

The Connecticut Green Bank offers Smart-E low-interest loans of up to $30,000 for Connecticut residents to purchase a new or used PEV. The vehicle must be registered with the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles. Loans are also available for Connecticut PEV drivers to purchase Level 2 and DC fast electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). To qualify, applicants must own or lease a model year 2012 or later PEV and occupy the residence at which the EVSE will be installed. For more information, see the Connecticut Green Bank Smart-E Loan website.

Georgia

Autonomous Vehicle Operation – added 5/4/2018

A person can operate a fully autonomous vehicle with the automated driving system engaged without a driver being present in the vehicle, if the vehicle is in compliance with federal motor vehicle safety standards and is registered as a fully autonomous vehicle. Other conditions may apply. (Reference Georgia Code 40-1-1 and 40-5-21).

Iowa

Residential Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Rebate - Alliant Energy – updated 5/21/2018

Alliant Energy offers a $250 rebate to residential customers who purchase and install Level 2 EVSE. The EVSE must be purchased and installed between January 1, 2018, and December 31, 2018. For more information, including how to apply, see the Alliant Energy Electric Vehicle Chargers website.

Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Rebate - Alliant Energy – added 5/22/2018

Alliant Energy offers rebates of $500 for the purchase or lease of a new PEV and $250 for the purchase or lease of a used PEV. The PEV must be purchased or leased between January 1, 2018, and December 31, 2018. For more information, including how to apply, see the Alliant Energy EV Buydown website.

Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Infrastructure Study – added 6/8/2018

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Transportation and Iowa utility industry, will conduct a study of PEV charging infrastructure to evaluate costs and benefits associated with different options for PEV infrastructure support. IEDA will submit the study report to the general assembly by June 30, 2019. (Reference Senate File 2311, 2018, and Iowa Code 476.6)

Kansas

All-Electric Vehicle (EV) Rebate - Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) – updated 7/19/2018

KCP&L customers and employees are eligible for a $3,000 rebate for the purchase of a new Nissan Leaf. Rebates are available through September 30, 2018. To receive the rebate, bring the flyer and a recent KCP&L utility bill or proof of employment to a local Nissan dealer. For more information, visit KCP&L's Clean Charge Network website.

Kentucky

Alternative Fuel Production Tax Incentives – updated 6/7/2018

Through the Incentives for Energy Independence Act program, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) provides tax incentives to construct, retrofit, or upgrade an alternative fuel production or gasification facility that uses coal or biomass as a feedstock. KEDFA also provides tax incentives for energy-efficient alternative fuel production facilities and for up to five alternative fuel production facilities that use natural gas or natural gas liquids as a feedstock. Energy-efficient alternative fuels are defined as homogeneous fuels that are produced from processes designed to densify feedstocks such as coal, waste coal, or biomass resources and have an energy content that is greater than the feedstock. The incentives may consist of: 1) a refund of up to 100% of the state sales tax paid on the purchase of personal property used to construct, retrofit, or upgrade the facility; 2) a credit of up to 100% of an approved company's state income tax and limited liability entity tax that the project generates; 3) up to 4% of the wage assessment of employees whose jobs were created as a result of the construction, retrofit, upgrade, or operation of a qualified facility; and 4) a credit for up to 80% of the severance tax paid for coal, natural gas, or natural gas liquids used as a feedstock. KEDFA may allow advance incentive disbursement to encourage the use of in-state labor for facility construction.

The incentives expire at the time of receipt of the authorized amount or 25 years from activation of the project, whichever occurs first. Approved companies may recover up to 50% of their capital investment via the authorized tax incentives. The minimum capital investment for incentive eligibility is $25 million for an alternative fuel or gasification facility that uses biomass as the primary feedstock; $100 million for an alternative fuel or gasification facility that uses coal, oil shale, or tar sands as the primary feedstock; $25 million for an energy-efficient alternative fuel facility; and $1 million for a facility that uses natural gas or natural gas liquids as the primary feedstock.

To apply for the incentive, an eligible taxpayer must submit a $1,000 non-refundable application fee and remit payment for any other fees in connection with the project, including administrative, legal, and consulting fees. For more information, see the Kentucky Business Incentives and Financial Programs website. KEDFA will not accept applications after August 1, 2018.

(Reference House Bill 557, 2018, and Kentucky Revised Statutes 154.27-010 to 154.27-090)

Volkswagen Settlement Allocation – updated 6/7/2018

The Kentucky General Assembly must approve the allocation of any funds the Commonwealth receives from the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Agreement. Kentucky will hold all funds received from the environmental mitigation trust pursuant to the Partial Consent Decree in a trust and agency account. The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet must administer the funds. (Reference House Bill 366, 2018, and Kentucky Revised Statutes 224.10)

Alternative Fuel Production Tax Incentives - Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act (KEIA) – added 6/8/2018

Effective July 14, 2018, companies engaged in energy-efficient alternative fuel production, alternative fuel production, and gasification may be eligible for an incentive through KEIA. KEIA provides a refund of Kentucky sales and use tax paid by approved companies for building and construction materials for the acquisition, construction, or expansion of a new or existing facility or eligible equipment used in research and development. Energy-efficient alternative fuels are defined as homogeneous fuels that are produced from processes designed to densify feedstocks such as coal, waste coal, or biomass resources and have an energy content that is greater than the feedstock. For more information, including qualifications and the application process, see the Kentucky Business Incentives and Financial Programs website. (Reference House Bill 557, 2018, and Kentucky Revised Statutes 154.31)

Alternative Fuel Production Tax Incentives - Kentucky Business Investment (KBI) Program – added 6/8/2018

Effective July 14, 2018, companies engaged in energy-efficient alternative fuel production, alternative fuel production, and gasification may be eligible for the KBI Program. The KBI Program provides income tax credits and wage assessment incentives to eligible companies that locate or expand operations in Kentucky. Energy-efficient alternative fuels are defined as homogeneous fuels that are produced from processes designed to densify feedstocks such as coal, waste coal, or biomass resources and have an energy content that is greater than the feedstock. The incentive offsets eligible expenses for up to 15 years for an economic development project located in an enhanced incentive county or 10 years for an economic development project located in another county. An approved company may be eligible for a credit of up to 100% of the Kentucky corporate income or limited liability entity tax liability and wage assessment fees are available. For more information, including qualifications and the application process, see the Kentucky Business Incentives and Financial Programs website. (Reference House Bill 557, 2018, and Kentucky Revised Statutes 154.31)

Massachusetts

Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Deployment Support – updated 6/25/2018

Massachusetts joined California, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont in signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to support the deployment of ZEVs through involvement in a ZEV Program Implementation Task Force (Task Force). In May 2014, the Task Force published a ZEV Action Plan (Plan) identifying 11 priority actions to accomplish the goals of the MOU, including deploying at least 3.3 million ZEVs and adequate fueling infrastructure within the signatory states by 2025. The Plan also includes a research agenda to inform future actions. On an annual basis, each state must report on the number of registered ZEVs, the number of public electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) and hydrogen fueling stations, and available information regarding workplace fueling for ZEVs.

In June 2018, the Task Force published a new ZEV Action Plan for 2018-2021. Building on the 2014 Action Plan, the 2018 Action Plan makes recommendations for states and other key partners in five priority areas:

  • Raising consumer awareness and interest in electric vehicle technology;
  • Building out a reliable and convenient residential, workplace and public charging/fueling infrastructure network;
  • Continuing and improving access to consumer purchase and non-financial incentives;
  • Expanding public and private sector fleet adoption; and
  • Supporting dealership efforts to increase ZEV sales.

For more information, see the Multi-State ZEV Task Force website.

Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Access to Massachusetts Turnpike – added 6/18/2018

An AFV powered by propane or natural gas may only use the Massachusetts Turnpike at or between Interchange 1 in West Stockbridge and Interchange 14 in Weston if the vehicle has a special fuel transportation permit issued by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. The AFV must conform to applicable federal and state laws and regulations. (Reference 700 Code of Massachusetts Regulations 7.07)

Maryland

Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lane Exemption – updated 6/7/2018

Permitted PEVs may operate in any Maryland HOV lanes regardless of the number of occupants. Qualified PEVs must have a maximum speed capability of at least 65 miles per hour. Permitted hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) may operate in the Route 50 HOV lane only, regardless of the number of occupants. To operate in HOV lanes, PEV and HEV owners must obtain a permit from the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA). The cost of the permit may not exceed $20. Each year the MDOT MVA and the State Highway Administration must report PEV use in HOV lanes to the governor. This exemption expires September 30, 2019, for HEVs and September 30, 2022, for PEVs. For more information, see the HOV Permit Issuance for PEVs page. (Reference House Bill 714, 2018, and Maryland Statutes, Transportation Code 25-108 and 21-314)

Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Deployment Support – updated 6/25/2018

Maryland joined California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont in signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to support the deployment of ZEVs through involvement in a ZEV Program Implementation Task Force (Task Force). In May 2014, the Task Force published a ZEV Action Plan (Plan) identifying 11 priority actions to accomplish the goals of the MOU, including deploying at least 3.3 million ZEVs and adequate fueling infrastructure within the signatory states by 2025. The Plan also includes a research agenda to inform future actions. On an annual basis, each state must report on the number of registered ZEVs, the number of public electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) and hydrogen fueling stations, and available information regarding workplace fueling for ZEVs.

In June 2018, the Task Force published a new ZEV Action Plan for 2018-2021. Building on the 2014 Action Plan, the 2018 Action Plan makes recommendations for states and other key partners in five priority areas:

  • Raising consumer awareness and interest in electric vehicle technology;
  • Building out a reliable and convenient residential, workplace and public charging/fueling infrastructure network;
  • Continuing and improving access to consumer purchase and non-financial incentives;
  • Expanding public and private sector fleet adoption; and
  • Supporting dealership efforts to increase ZEV sales.

For more information, see the Multi-State ZEV Task Force website.

All-Electric Vehicle (EV) Rebates - BGE – updated 5/14/2018

Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) customers are eligible for a $10,000 rebate for the purchase of a new BMW i3 or i3s. Rebates are available through July 31, 2018. To receive the rebate, bring the Customer Information Form and a recent BGE utility bill to a local BMW dealer.

BGE customers and eligible employees can receive a $3,000 rebate for the purchase of a new 2018 Nissan LEAF. To receive the rebate, show proof of BGE employment or a copy of a BGE bill at participating Nissan dealerships with the Nissan LEAF Rebate Flyer. Rebates are available through June 30, 2018.

For more information, visit BGE's Electric Vehicles webpage.

All-Electric Vehicle (EV) Rebates - Pepco – updated 5/14/2018

Pepco customers are eligible for a $10,000 rebate for the purchase of a new BMW i3 or i3s. Rebates are available through July 31, 2018. To receive the rebate, bring the Customer Information Form and a recent Pepco utility bill to a local BMW dealer.

Pepco customers and eligible employees can receive a $3,000 rebate for the purchase of a new 2018 Nissan LEAF. To receive the rebate, show proof of Pepco employment or a copy of a Pepco bill at participating Nissan dealerships with the Nissan LEAF Rebate Flyer. Rebates are available through June 30, 2018.

For more information, visit Pepco's Electric Vehicles webpage.

All-Electric Vehicle (EV) Rebates - Delmarva Power – updated 5/14/2018

Delmarva customers are eligible for a $10,000 rebate for the purchase of a new BMW i3 or i3s. Rebates are available through July 31, 2018. To receive the rebate, bring the Customer Information Form and a recent Delmarva utility bill to a BMW dealership.

Delmarva customers and eligible employees can receive a $3,000 rebate for the purchase of a new 2018 Nissan LEAF. To receive the rebate, show proof of Delmarva employment or a copy of a Delmarva bill at participating Nissan dealerships with the Nissan LEAF Rebate Flyer. Rebates are available through June 30, 2018.

For more information, visit Delmarva's Electric Vehicles webpage.

Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Access to Tunnels – added 6/18/2018

An AFV powered by propane or natural gas may only use the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel and the Fort McHenry Tunnel if the vehicle has a dedicated alternate fuel system installed by the manufacturer of the vehicle or a fuel system that has been properly converted to an alternate fuel system, conforms to applicable federal regulations and industry standards, has a fuel capacity that does not exceed 150 pounds, and displays all proper markings and symbols. (Reference Code of Maryland Regulations 11.07.01.03)

Maine

Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Testing and Operation Authorization for Municipalities – added 5/4/2018

Municipalities may enter into a memorandum of agreement with the Maine Secretary of State, Department of Transportation, and Department of Professional and Financial Regulation to develop, test, and operate AVs for public transportation use. An AV is defined as any vehicle that is equipped with a technology that has the capability to operate the vehicle without the direct control of the driver. A municipality that conducts an AV pilot must submit a summary report to the Maine Joint Standing Committee on Transportation (Committee) by December 1, 2021. Based on these pilots, the Committee may recommend legislation relating to the deployment of AVs in public transportation during the Regular Session of the 130th Legislature. (Reference House Paper 1204, 2018, and Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A, Section 2093)

Minnesota

Biodiesel Blend Mandate – updated 6/6/2018

During the months of April through September, diesel fuel sold in the state must be at least B10, increasing to 20% biodiesel (B20) on May 1, 2018. Diesel fuel sold during the remainder of the year must contain at least 5% biodiesel (B5). From April 1 to April 14, diesel fuel sold in the state can be less than 20% biodiesel (B20), but not less than 10% biodiesel (B10).

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, and the Pollution Control Agency, in consultation with the Biodiesel Task Force and other technical experts, must submit annual reports regarding the implementation of minimum biodiesel content requirements, including information about the price and supply of biodiesel fuel.

(Reference Senate File 3596, 2018, and Minnesota Statutes 239.75 and 239.77)

Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs) Advisory Council and Support – added 7/5/2018

The Governor's Advisory Council on Connected and Automated Vehicles (Advisory Council) will study, assess, and prepare for widespread adoption of CAVs, and will provide advice and support to the governor, Minnesota Department of Transportation (MDOT), and the Department of Public Safety. In addition, the Advisory Council will consult with government, communities experiencing transportation barriers, transportation stakeholders, the automotive industry, advocacy groups, educational institutions, and business, labor, and technology companies. A report will be submitted to the Governor, the Minnesota House and Senate Transportation and Public Safety committees, and the Minnesota Legislature by December 1, 2018 that recommends changes to statutes, rules, and policies in the following areas related to CAVs:

  • Transportation infrastructure and network;
  • Cyber security and data privacy standards;
  • Vehicle registration, driver training, licensing, insurance, and traffic regulations;
  • Promotion of economic development, business opportunities, and workforce preparation; and
  • Accessibility and equity for all Minnesotans, with particular focus on rural communities, the elderly, the disabled, low-income communities, communities of color, and America Indians.
MDOT and the Department of Public Safety will establish guidelines for development, testing, and deployment of CAV technologies, and will support safe and effective testing and use at every level of autonomy, including driverless technology. MDOT will form the Interagency CAV Team to implement the tasks outlined above.

(Reference Executive Order 18-04, 2018).

Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Grants – added 7/17/2018

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is accepting applications through August 21, 2018 to install public direct current (DC) fast charging EVSE along Minnesota highways and interstates. Grants are available for 80% of the project costs, up to $170,000 per 150 kilowatt (kW) EVSE (eligible in Albert Lea only), and up to $70,000 per 50kW EVSE. A total of twenty-one 50kW EVSE and one 150kW EVSE will be funded. Other terms and conditions apply. This grant program is funded by Minnesota's portion of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust. For more information, including how to apply, see the MPCA EV Fast-Charging Station Grants page.

School Bus Replacement Grants – added 7/17/2018

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is accepting applications through July 19, 2018 to partially fund the replacement of model year 1992-2009 diesel school buses. Eligible applicants include private, public, and non-profit organizations, including state, local, and tribal governments. This grant program is funded by Minnesota's portion of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust. For more information, including how to apply, see the MPCA School Bus Replacement Grants page.

Missouri

All-Electric Vehicle (EV) Rebate - Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) – updated 7/19/2018

KCP&L customers and employees are eligible for a $3,000 rebate for the purchase of a new Nissan Leaf. Rebates are available through September 30, 2018. To receive the rebate, bring the flyer and a recent KCP&L utility bill or proof of employment to a local Nissan dealer. For more information, visit KCP&L's Clean Charge Network webpage.

North Carolina

Volkswagen Settlement Allocation – added 6/25/2018

The Volkswagen Litigation Environmental Mitigation Fund is established as a special fund in the State Treasury, with the purpose of receiving funds allocated to the state as a beneficiary of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust (Trust). The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) or any other agency or department designated by the Governor as the lead agency (lead agency) must consult with the Department of Transportation, the Department of Commerce, and other interested state agencies in the formulation of the state's Beneficiary Mitigation Plan. The lead agency may not direct payments of funds from the Trust to a third party unless the funds received from the Trust are deposited in the State Treasury and then appropriated by an act of the General Assembly. (Reference Senate Bill 99, 2018)

Nebraska

Idle Reduction Weight Exemption – updated 6/6/2018

The maximum gross weight limit and axle weight limit for any vehicle or combination of vehicles equipped with idle reduction technology may exceed the state's gross weight limit by up to 550 pounds per vehicle to compensate for the additional weight of the idle reduction technology. (Reference Legislative Bill 909, 2018, and Nebraska Revised Statutes 60-6,294)

Autonomous Vehicle Operation – added 5/14/2018

A fully autonomous vehicle or a driverless-capable vehicle may operate without a driver present in the vehicle, if the vehicle is capable of operating in compliance with traffic and motor safety laws and regulations, is registered, and is insured. If a driver is present, the driver must be licensed properly in the event that manual control of the vehicle is necessary. Other conditions apply. (Reference Legislative Bill 989, 2018)

Natural Gas Vehicle Weight Exemption – added 6/6/2018

The maximum gross weight for any vehicle fueled primarily by natural gas may exceed the state's gross weight limit by the difference between the weight of the natural gas fueling tank and fueling system and the weight of a comparable diesel fueling tank and fueling system, up to 2,000 pounds per vehicle. (Reference Legislative Bill 909, 2018, and Nebraska Revised Statutes 60-6,294)

New Hampshire

Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Rebates - New Hampshire Electric Co-op (NHEC) – added 7/6/2018

NHEC offers rebates of $1,000 for the purchase or lease of a new or used electric vehicle (EV), and $600 for the purchase or lease of a new or used plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. The PEV must be purchased or leased between January 1, 2018, and December 31, 2018. For more information, including how to apply, see the NHEC Drive Electric website.

Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Rebates - New Hampshire Electric Co-op (NHEC) – added 7/6/2018

NHEC offers rebates for residential and commercial customers to install EVSE. Residential customers may receive a rebate of up to $300 to install EVSE and a separate electric meter. Commercial customers may receive a rebate of 50% of the installed cost, up to $2,500, per EVSE unit to install a maximum of two Level 2 or DC fast chargers and a required separate electric meter. EVSE must be installed within the NHEC service territory. For more information, including application instructions, see the NHEC Drive Electric website.

Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Charging Rate Incentive - New Hampshire Electric Co-op (NHEC) – added 7/6/2018

NHEC offers a residential off-peak rate program for electricity purchased to charge PEVs. The electricity used for vehicle charging is metered separately from all other electricity use. For more information, see the NHEC Drive Electric website.

Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) and Charging Infrastructure Promotion – added 7/10/2018

The New Hampshire Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Infrastructure Commission (Commission) promotes the use of PEVs in the state. The Commission must make recommendations on the following:

  • The development of zero emission vehicle (ZEV) technology and infrastructure, including the installation of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) for residential, business, and municipal use;
  • The availability of high-speed EVSE and the feasibility of installing high-speed EVSE on public property;
  • The development of EVSE installations, including high-speed chargers, along state and federal highway corridors, at public transportation hubs, and in parking garages;
  • New Hampshire joining the Multi-State ZEV Task Force or other interstate agreement to support the installation of EVSE;
  • Tax credit legislation for the installation of residential and commercial EVSE;
  • Changes to state laws and regulations that encourage the development of ZEV technology and infrastructure;
  • Potential funding sources for ZEV technology and infrastructure; and
  • State agency workplace charging.
The Commission must report annually, beginning November 1, 2018, to New Hampshire legislative officials and the governor on its findings and any recommendations for proposed legislation. (Reference Senate Bill 517, 2018, and New Hampshire Revised Statutes 4-G:1)

New Jersey

All-Electric Vehicle (EV) Rebate - Atlantic City Electric – updated 5/14/2018

Atlantic City Electric customers are eligible for a $10,000 rebate for the purchase of a new BMW i3 or i3s. Rebates are available through July 31, 2018. To receive the rebate, bring the Customer Information Form and a recent Atlantic City Electric utility bill to a local dealership.

Atlantic City Electric customers and eligible employees can receive a $3,000 rebate for the purchase of a new 2018 Nissan LEAF. To receive the rebate, show proof of Atlantic City Electric employment or a copy of a recent Atlantic City Electric bill at participating Nissan dealerships with the Nissan LEAF Rebate Flyer. Rebates are available through June 30, 2018.

For more information, visit Atlantic City Electric's Electric Vehicles webpage.

Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Deployment Support – updated 6/25/2018

New Jersey joined California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont in signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to support the deployment of ZEVs through involvement in a ZEV Program Implementation Task Force (Task Force). In May 2014, the Task Force published a ZEV Action Plan (Plan) identifying 11 priority actions to accomplish the goals of the MOU, including deploying at least 3.3 million ZEVs and adequate fueling infrastructure within the signatory states by 2025. The Plan also includes a research agenda to inform future actions. On an annual basis, each state must report on the number of registered ZEVs, the number of public electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) and hydrogen fueling stations, and available information regarding workplace fueling for ZEVs.

In June 2018, the Task Force published a new ZEV Action Plan for 2018-2021. Building on the 2014 Action Plan, the 2018 Action Plan makes recommendations for states and other key partners in five priority areas:

  • Raising consumer awareness and interest in electric vehicle technology;
  • Building out a reliable and convenient residential, workplace and public charging/fueling infrastructure network;
  • Continuing and improving access to consumer purchase and non-financial incentives;
  • Expanding public and private sector fleet adoption; and
  • Supporting dealership efforts to increase ZEV sales.

For more information, see the Multi-State ZEV Task Force website.

New Mexico

Diesel Emission Reduction Project Funding – added 7/17/2018

The New Mexico Energy Department (NMED) is accepting applications for funding of heavy-duty on-road and limited off-road diesel emission reduction projects through September 14, 2018. Note that funding for light-duty electric vehicle supply equipment is not an eligible project for this round of funding. This grant program is funded by New Mexico's portion of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust. For more information, including how to apply, see the NMED VW Settlement page.

Nevada

Heavy-Duty Vehicle Emissions Reduction Grants – updated 6/25/2018

The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) administers Nevada's portion of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust through the Nevada Diesel Emission Fund. The fund assists publicly- and privately-owned fleets with the replacement or repower of model year (MY) 2009 or older medium- and heavy-duty diesel powered vehicles. Funding amounts vary based on vehicle type, applicant type (e.g., government or non-government), and the replacing or repowering fuel. Applications for the first round of funding are due by July 31, 2018. For more information, including application guidelines, see the NDEP Nevada Diesel Emission Mitigation Fund website.

New York

Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Deployment Support – updated 6/25/2018

New York joined California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont in signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to support the deployment of ZEVs through involvement in a ZEV Program Implementation Task Force (Task Force). In May 2014, the Task Force published a ZEV Action Plan (Plan) identifying 11 priority actions to accomplish the goals of the MOU, including deploying at least 3.3 million ZEVs and adequate fueling infrastructure within the signatory states by 2025. The Plan also includes a research agenda to inform future actions. On an annual basis, each state must report on the number of registered ZEVs, the number of public electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) and hydrogen fueling stations, and available information regarding workplace fueling for ZEVs.

In June 2018, the Task Force published a new ZEV Action Plan for 2018-2021. Building on the 2014 Action Plan, the 2018 Action Plan makes recommendations for states and other key partners in five priority areas:

  • Raising consumer awareness and interest in electric vehicle technology;
  • Building out a reliable and convenient residential, workplace and public charging/fueling infrastructure network;
  • Continuing and improving access to consumer purchase and non-financial incentives;
  • Expanding public and private sector fleet adoption; and
  • Supporting dealership efforts to increase ZEV sales.

For more information, see the Multi-State ZEV Task Force website.

Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Testing and Operation Authorization – updated 5/4/2018

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) may approve demonstrations of AVs on public roads for the purpose of evaluating the potential impacts of AV technology on safety, traffic control, traffic enforcement, emergency services, and other areas the DMV identifies. To be considered, a proposed AV demonstration must meet, at minimum, the following requirements:

  • The demonstration application includes a law enforcement interaction plan, which provides information for law enforcement and first responders regarding how to interact with the AV in an emergency or traffic enforcement situation;
  • The demonstration takes place under the supervision of the New York State Police and in a manner consistent with their direction;
  • A licensed vehicle operator is seated inside the AV while it is being operated on public highways; and
  • The AV meets all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and New York State Motor Vehicle Inspection Standards.

An AV is defined as any vehicle that is equipped with a technology that has the capability to operate the vehicle without the direct control of the driver.

By June 1, 2018, the DMV, in partnership with the State Police, must submit a report to the governor and other relevant government officials including information about each of the demonstrations that have been authorized. For more information, including how to apply for a testing and demonstration permit, see the DMV AV Technology website. (Reference Senate Bill 7508-C, 2018)

Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) and Charging Infrastructure Support – added 7/9/2018

The New York Power Authority's (NYPA) EVolve NY program has allocated up to $250 million to support PEVs and address charging infrastructure gaps throughout the state. EVolve NY will implement this funding in phases. The initial phase directs $40 million to fund three initiatives through 2019, including programs for interstate DC fast chargers, airport charging hubs, and plug-in electric vehicle model communities. For more information, see NYPA's EVolve NY website.

Ohio

Medium- and Heavy-Duty Emissions Reduction Grants – added 6/18/2018

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides matching grants of $50,000 to $2 million for the replacement or repower of medium- and heavy-duty, on- and off-road vehicles with new clean diesel or natural gas, propane, hybrid electric, or all-electric vehicles and equipment. This grant program is funded by Ohio's portion of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust. Owners of eligible medium- and heavy-duty diesel fleets in priority counties must match at least 25% of funds, with larger matches required for some project categories. Additional terms and conditions apply. Applications are due by August 3, 2018. For more information, including the request for proposals and grant application guidelines, see the Ohio EPA website.

Oregon

Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Deployment Support – updated 6/25/2018

Oregon joined California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont in signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to support the deployment of ZEVs through involvement in a ZEV Program Implementation Task Force (Task Force). In May 2014, the Task Force published a ZEV Action Plan (Plan) identifying 11 priority actions to accomplish the goals of the MOU, including deploying at least 3.3 million ZEVs and adequate fueling infrastructure within the signatory states by 2025. The Plan also includes a research agenda to inform future actions. On an annual basis, each state must report on the number of registered ZEVs, the number of public electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) and hydrogen fueling stations, and available information regarding workplace fueling for ZEVs.

In June 2018, the Task Force published a new ZEV Action Plan for 2018-2021. Building on the 2014 Action Plan, the 2018 Action Plan makes recommendations for states and other key partners in five priority areas:

  • Raising consumer awareness and interest in electric vehicle technology;
  • Building out a reliable and convenient residential, workplace and public charging/fueling infrastructure network;
  • Continuing and improving access to consumer purchase and non-financial incentives;
  • Expanding public and private sector fleet adoption; and
  • Supporting dealership efforts to increase ZEV sales.

For more information, see the Multi-State ZEV Task Force website.

Pennsylvania

Clean Diesel Grant Program – added 6/28/2018

The Pennsylvania Clean Diesel Grant Program is a competitive grant program for the reimbursement of diesel transportation emission reduction projects. Eligible emission reduction technologies include, but are not limited to, exhaust controls, engine upgrades, engine and vehicle replacement, idle reduction technologies, and aerodynamic technologies. Vehicles and engines that are replaced or repowered must be scrapped based on program guidelines. This grant program is funded by Pennsylvania's portion of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust. For more information, including program guidelines and application instructions, see the Driving Pennsylvania Forward website.

Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment and Hydrogen Fuel Cell Infrastructure Grants – added 6/28/2018

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection offers competitive grants for the acquisition, installation, operation, and maintenance of DC fast charging equipment and hydrogen fuel cell infrastructure. The DC fast chargers must be installed at public locations, workplaces, or multi-unit dwellings. The hydrogen fuel cell equipment must be available to the public. Grant reimbursement amounts and additional terms and conditions will be provided in the forthcoming program guidelines (verified June 2018). This grant program is funded by Pennsylvania's portion of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust. For more information, see the Driving Pennsylvania Forward website.

Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Rebates – added 6/28/2018

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) offers rebates for the installation of Level 2 EVSE. Rebates will be provided for Level 2 chargers at workplaces or multi-unit dwellings. DEP must approve all project applications and will process rebates on a first-come, first-served basis. Maximum reimbursement amounts and additional terms and conditions will be provided in the forthcoming program guidelines (verified June 2018). This rebate program is funded by Pennsylvania's portion of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust. For more information, see the Driving Pennsylvania Forward website.

Heavy-Duty Truck and Transit Bus Grants – added 6/28/2018

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection offers competitive grants for the replacement or repower of Class 8 local freight trucks and transit buses. Model Years (MY) 1992 through 2009 local freight trucks and MY 2009 and older transit buses will be eligible for the replacement or repower with new diesel, electric, or alternative fuel. Vehicles or engines being replaced or repowered must be scrapped in accordance with program guidelines. Grant reimbursement amounts and additional terms and conditions will be provided in the forthcoming program guidelines (verified June 2018). This grant program is funded by Pennsylvania's portion of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust. For more information, see the Driving Pennsylvania Forward website.

Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicle Rebates – added 6/28/2018

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) offers rebates for the replacement or repower of Class 4-7 local freight trucks and port drayage trucks and Class 4-8 school and shuttle buses. Eligible Model Years (MY) 1992 through 2009 Class 4-7 trucks and eligible MY 2009 and older buses are eligible for rebates for the replacement or repower with new diesel, electric, or alternative fuel. Vehicles or engines being replaced or repowered must be scrapped in accordance with program guidelines. DEP must approve all project applications and will process rebates on a first-come, first-served basis. Grant reimbursement amounts and additional terms and conditions will be provided in the forthcoming program guidelines (verified June 2018). This rebate program is funded by Pennsylvania's portion of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust. For more information, see the Driving Pennsylvania Forward website.

Rhode Island

Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Deployment Support – updated 6/25/2018

Rhode Island joined California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Vermont in signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to support the deployment of ZEVs through involvement in a ZEV Program Implementation Task Force (Task Force). In May 2014, the Task Force published a ZEV Action Plan (Plan) identifying 11 priority actions to accomplish the goals of the MOU, including deploying at least 3.3 million ZEVs and adequate fueling infrastructure within the signatory states by 2025. The Plan also includes a research agenda to inform future actions. On an annual basis, each state must report on the number of registered ZEVs, the number of public electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) and hydrogen fueling stations, and available information regarding workplace fueling for ZEVs.

In June 2018, the Task Force published a new ZEV Action Plan for 2018-2021. Building on the 2014 Action Plan, the 2018 Action Plan makes recommendations for states and other key partners in five priority areas:

  • Raising consumer awareness and interest in electric vehicle technology;
  • Building out a reliable and convenient residential, workplace and public charging/fueling infrastructure network;
  • Continuing and improving access to consumer purchase and non-financial incentives;
  • Expanding public and private sector fleet adoption; and
  • Supporting dealership efforts to increase ZEV sales.

For more information, see the Multi-State ZEV Task Force website.

Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) Weight Exemption – added 7/6/2018

A vehicle primarily powered by natural gas may exceed the state's gross vehicle weight limits by a weight equal to the difference between the weight of the vehicle with the natural gas tank and fueling system and the weight of a comparable vehicle with a diesel tank and fueling system. The NGV maximum gross weight may not exceed 82,000 pounds. (Reference House Bill 7776, 2018, and Rhode Island General Laws 31-25-2)

South Dakota

Ethanol and Biobutanol Production Incentive – updated 6/26/2018

Qualified and licensed ethanol and biobutanol producers are eligible for a $0.20 per gallon production incentive for ethanol and biobutanol that is fully distilled and produced in South Dakota. Ethanol must also be denatured, 99% pure, distilled from cereal grains, and blended with gasoline to create an ethanol blend. In addition, the producer must have produced ethanol on or before December 31, 2006, to be eligible. Annual production incentives paid to one facility may not exceed $1 million. Cumulative annual production incentives paid out to all facilities may not exceed $7 million per year. Funds are apportioned each month based on the claims submitted and the total funds available. This incentive expires on July 1, 2022. (Reference Senate Bill 183, 2018, and South Dakota Statutes 10-47B-162 and 10-47B-163)

Ethanol Infrastructure Grants – updated 6/26/2018

The South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development administers the Ethanol Infrastructure Incentive Program, providing grants to offset the cost of installing ethanol blender pumps and underground storage tanks (UST) for ethanol at retail fueling stations throughout the state. Awardees may receive up to $29,054 per blender pump. Additionally, awardees may receive up to $40,000 per station for the installation of a UST that allows for the use of ethanol blender pumps. For eligibility requirements, application instructions, and annual program deadlines, see the Ethanol Infrastructure Incentive Program website. This incentive expires on July 1, 2022. (Reference Senate Bill 183, 2018, and South Dakota Statutes 10-47B-162 and 10-47B-164)

Tennessee

Natural Gas and Propane Vehicle Grant Program – updated 6/6/2018

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's Office of Energy Programs administers the Natural Gas and Propane Vehicle Grant Program (Program). The Program provides fleets with grants to cover up to 70% of the incremental purchase cost, up to $25,000 per vehicle, for new original equipment manufacturer dedicated natural gas or propane vehicles, or for the cost of natural gas or propane vehicle conversions. Natural gas or propane bi-fuel vehicles used for emergency response purposes are also eligible for funding. Public, non-profit, and private Tennessee-based fleets are eligible to apply for funding and must intend to operate vehicles in Tennessee for a minimum of six years. Grant applications are limited to one per applicant, must include at least one vehicle, and are not to exceed $250,000. For more information, including eligibility requirements, see the Program website.

Methanol Tax Exemption – added 6/6/2018

Methanol sold for use as a motor fuel that is not blended with gasoline, diesel, or other fuels or petroleum products is exempt from gasoline and diesel fuel use taxes. (Reference Senate Bill 692, 2018, and Tennessee Code 67-3-4)

Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Operation Authorization – added 6/6/2018

AVs may be operated on public roads without a driver present in the vehicle if the AV meets the following requirements:

  • It complies with all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards;
  • It is capable of reaching a reasonably safe state in the event that the automated driving system fails; and
  • It is registered in the state as an AV that can operate without any supervision by a driver
An AV is defined as any vehicle that is equipped with a technology that has the capability to operate the vehicle without the direct control of the driver. (Reference Tennessee Code 55-54-101 to 55-54-108)

Ethanol Blend Specifications – added 6/6/2018

Ethanol-blended gasoline sold in the state must meet ASTM specification D4814, with the following exceptions:

  • The maximum vapor pressure of ethanol blends containing 1% or more ethanol for volatility Classes A, B, C, and D may not exceed the ASTM D4814 limit by more than 1.0 pound per square inch (psi); and
  • The maximum vapor pressure of ethanol blends containing 1% or more ethanol for volatility Class E may not exceed the ASTM D4814 limit by more than 0.5 psi
These exceptions remain in effect until ASTM develops final vapor pressure maximums for ethanol blends. (Reference Tennessee Code 47-18-1304)

Texas

Clean Vehicle and Infrastructure Grants – updated 6/18/2018

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) administers the Emissions Reduction Incentive Grants (ERIG) Program and Rebate Grants Program as part of the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP). The ERIG Program provides grants for various types of clean air projects to improve air quality in the state's nonattainment areas and other affected counties. Eligible projects include those that involve replacement, retrofit, repower, or lease or purchase of new heavy-duty vehicles; alternative fuel dispensing infrastructure; idle reduction and electrification infrastructure; and alternative fuel use. The Rebate Grants Program provides grants to upgrade or replace diesel heavy-duty vehicles and non-road equipment. Qualifying projects must reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides or other pollutants by at least 25% as compared to baseline levels and must meet operational and fuel usage requirements. Applications must be submitted by August 15, 2018. For more information, including eligibility and the application form, see the TCEQ TERP website. (Reference Texas Statutes Health and Safety Code 386 and Texas Administrative Code 114.620-114.629)

Light-Duty Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebates – updated 6/13/2018

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. Applications must be submitted by May 31, 2019. For more information, including eligibility requirements and the application form, see the TCEQ Texas Emissions Reduction Plan website. (Reference Texas Statutes Health and Safety Code 386 and Texas Administrative Code 114.610-114.613)

Virginia

All-Electric Vehicle (EV) Rebate - Virginia Utilities – updated 7/19/2018

Current employee and customers of Virginia utilities can receive a $3,000 rebate for the purchase of a new 2018 Nissan LEAF. To receive the rebate, show proof of employment at a Virginia utility or a copy of a current Virginia utility bill at participating Nissan dealerships with the Nissan LEAF Rebate Flyer. Rebates are available through September 30, 2018.

Vermont

Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Deployment Support – updated 6/25/2018

Vermont joined California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Rhode Island in signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to support the deployment of ZEVs through involvement in a ZEV Program Implementation Task Force (Task Force). In May 2014, the Task Force published a ZEV Action Plan (Plan) identifying 11 priority actions to accomplish the goals of the MOU, including deploying at least 3.3 million ZEVs and adequate fueling infrastructure within the signatory states by 2025. The Plan also includes a research agenda to inform future actions. On an annual basis, each state must report on the number of registered ZEVs, the number of public electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) and hydrogen fueling stations, and available information regarding workplace fueling for ZEVs.

In June 2018, the Task Force published a new ZEV Action Plan for 2018-2021. Building on the 2014 Action Plan, the 2018 Action Plan makes recommendations for states and other key partners in five priority areas:

  • Raising consumer awareness and interest in electric vehicle technology;
  • Building out a reliable and convenient residential, workplace and public charging/fueling infrastructure network;
  • Continuing and improving access to consumer purchase and non-financial incentives;
  • Expanding public and private sector fleet adoption; and
  • Supporting dealership efforts to increase ZEV sales.

For more information, see the Multi-State ZEV Task Force website.

Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Incentives - Green Mountain Power (GMP) – added 5/4/2018

GMP residential customers are eligible for a free Level 2 EVSE when they purchase a new all-electric vehicle (EV). Residential customers that already own an EV may rent a Level 2 EVSE station at a low monthly fee. In addition, customers may enroll in GMP's EV Unlimited Plan for unlimited EV charging during off-peak hours at a flat monthly fee. For more information about these incentives, see GMP's In-Home Level 2 EV Charger website.

Heavy-Duty Vehicle Emissions Reduction Grants – added 7/9/2018

Through the Vermont Clean Diesel Grant Program, the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) provides funding to local, state and regional agencies or departments, businesses, institutions, and nonprofit organizations for projects focused on reducing emissions from diesel engines and vehicles. Qualifying heavy-duty vehicles include buses and Class 5-8 trucks. Projects eligible for funding are as follows:

  • Verified emission control technologies;
  • Verified idle reduction technologies;
  • Verified aerodynamic technologies and low rolling resistance tires;
  • Certified engine replacements;
  • Alternative fuel conversions; and
  • Certified vehicle or equipment replacements
All technologies and engines must be certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Alternative fuels include, but are not limited to, biodiesel, natural gas, propane, electricity, and fuel cell electric. Cost share requirements vary by project. For more information, including application details, see the DEC Vermont Clean Diesel Grant Program website.

Volkswagen Settlement Allocation – added 7/9/2018

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources must select projects and distribute funding to leverage 15% of Vermont's portion of the Volkswagen Clean Air Act Civil Settlement for the purchase of light-duty vehicle electric vehicle supply equipment. The remaining funding must be allocated towards projects that replace eligible vehicles and equipment with all-electric technologies or convert them to all-electric. (Reference House Bill 16, 2018)

Washington

Volkswagen Settlement Allocation – added 4/24/2018

The Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) will work with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to select projects and distribute funding to leverage 15% of Washington's portion of the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Fund for the acquisition, installation, operation, and maintenance of light-duty zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) charging infrastructure.

Ecology will establish a competitive process to identify and select projects to fund with the remaining 85% of the appropriation to maximize total air pollution reduction and health benefits, improve air quality in areas disproportionately affected by air pollution, leverage additional matching funds, achieve substantial emission reduction beyond what would occur absent the funding, accelerate fleet turnover to the cleanest engines, and accelerate adoption of electric vehicles, equipment, and vessels. As appropriate, Ecology will work with WSDOT to select projects and distribute funding. For more information, see Ecology's Volkswagen Federal Enforcement Action website.

(Reference Session Law 2018-298, Section 3008)

Wisconsin

Residential Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Rebate - Alliant Energy – updated 5/21/2018

Alliant Energy offers a $250 rebate to residential customers who purchase and install Level 2 EVSE. The EVSE must be purchased and installed between January 1, 2018, and December 31, 2018. For more information, including how to apply, see the Alliant Energy Electric Vehicle Chargers website.

Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Rebate - Alliant Energy – added 5/22/2018

Alliant Energy offers rebates of $500 for the purchase or lease of a new PEV, and $250 for the purchase or lease of a used PEV. The PEV must be purchased or leased between January 1, 2018, and December 31, 2018. For more information, including how to apply, see the Alliant Energy EV Buydown website.