Incentives, Grants, and Financing Options

Ask Us About Tax Incentives and Rebates

A variety of resources exist for identifying charging station tax incentives and rebates.  What follows is not an exhaustive list, but a handful of places to research further.

A helpful resource for determining applicable federal, state, and industry-specific funding opportunities can be found at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center website.

 

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One federal opportunity for commercial installations of electric vehicle charge stations is the Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit, which states:

Fueling equipment for natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas (propane), electricity, E85, or diesel fuel blends containing a minimum of 20% biodiesel installed between January 1, 2006, and December 31, 2017, is eligible for a tax credit of 30% of the cost, not to exceed $30,000. Fueling station owners who install qualified equipment at multiple sites are allowed to use the credit towards each location. Consumers who purchased qualified residential fueling equipment prior to December 31, 2013, may receive a tax credit of up to $1,000. Unused credits that qualify as general business tax credits, as defined by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), may be carried backward one year and carried forward 20 years. (Reference Public Law 112-240 and 26 U.S. Code 30C and 38)

Another funding resource is the Partnership for Sustainable Communities is an inter-agency partnership between HUD, DOT, and the DEO.

 

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Los Angeles, CA -area companies who have the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) as their service provider may qualify for up to $1,000 in rebates.  EV Connect can help your workplace or commercial location apply.

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California Laws and Incentives

Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Charging Electricity Exemption

Electricity used to charge PEVs at a state-owned parking facility is exempt from California law prohibiting gifting public money or things of value. (Assembly Bill 2414, 2014, andCalifornia Government Code 14678)

Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Promotion Plan

All state agencies must support and facilitate the rapid commercialization of ZEVs in California. In particular, the California Air Resources Board, California Energy Commission, Public Utilities Commission, and other relevant state agencies must work with the Plug-in Electric Vehicle Collaborative and the California Fuel Cell Partnership to establish benchmarks to achieve targets for ZEV commercialization. These targets include:

  • By 2015, all major metropolitan areas in California will be able to accommodate ZEVs and have infrastructure plans and streamlined permitting in place;
  • By 2020, the state will have established adequate infrastructure to support one million ZEVs;
  • By 2025, there will be 1.5 million ZEVs on the road in California and clean, efficient vehicles will displace 1.5 billion gallons of petroleum fuels annually; and
  • By 2050, greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector will be 80% less than 1990 levels.

The ZEV promotion plan also directs the state fleet to increase the number of ZEVs in the fleet through gradual vehicle replacement. By 2015, ZEVs should make up at least 10% of fleet light-duty vehicle (LDV) purchases and by 2020, at least 25% of fleet LDV purchases should be ZEVs. Vehicles with special performance requirements necessary for public safety and welfare are exempt from this requirement.

Colorado Laws and Incentives

Alternative Fuel Resale and Generation Regulations

A corporation or individual that resells alternative fuel supplied by a public utility for use in an alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) is not subject to regulation as a public utility. Additionally, a corporation or individual that owns, controls, operates, or manages a facility that generates electricity exclusively for use in AFV charging or fueling facilities is not subject to regulation as a public utility provided that the electricity is generated on the property where the charging or fueling facilities are located and the electricity is generated from a renewable resource. For the purposes of this definition, alternative fuel is defined as propane, liquefied natural gas, compressed natural gas, or electricity. (Reference Colorado Revised Statutes 40-1-103.3)

Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Infrastructure Grant Program

The Colorado Energy Office (CEO), the Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC), and the Colorado Department of Transportation provide grants through the ALT Fuels Colorado program for new, publicly accessible compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling equipment; co-located electric vehicle charging and propane station equipment at funded CNG stations; and CNG, propane, and electric vehicles. CEO will administer the station grants to advance infrastructure development along major state-wide transportation corridors. RAQC will administer the vehicle grants for fleets operating within counties with air quality non-attainment and maintenance areas.

Illinois Laws and Incentives

Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) Promotion and Coordination

The Illinois Electric Vehicle Advisory Council (Council) was established to investigate and recommend strategies that the governor and the general assembly can implement to promote the use of PEVs, including potential infrastructure improvements. The Council published recommendations in its Final Report(PDF). An Electric Vehicle Coordinator now serves as the point of contact for related policies and activities in the state. (Reference House Bill 2902, 2011)

Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Installation Requirements

Vendors that install EVSE must comply with Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) certification requirements. For specific requirements, see the ICC EVSE Installer Certificationwebsite. (Reference 220 Illinois Compiled Statutes 5/16-128A; 5/3-105; and 5/16-102)

State Government Energy Initiative

The Green Governments Illinois Act (Act) demonstrates the state’s commitment to reduce negative environmental impacts, reduce greenhouse gases, and preserve resources for current and future generations. The Act also aims to strengthen the capacity of local governments and educational institutions to enable a more environmentally sustainable future. The Act established the Green Governments Coordinating Council (Council) to fully integrate cost-effective environmental sustainability measures into the ongoing management systems, long-range planning, and daily operations of state agencies. Initially, the Council will focus on initiatives that relate to energy efficiency, renewable energy, and alternative fuel vehicles. Local governments and educational institutes are not required to participate in the provisions of the Act. (Reference 20 Illinois Compiled Statutes 3954/1 to 3954/45)

Maryland Laws and Incentives for Electricity

Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Regulation Exemption

Owners and operators of EVSE are not subject to state regulation as electricity suppliers or public service companies. For the purpose of this regulation, owners and operators of EVSE are considered retail electric customers. (Reference Maryland Statutes, State Government Code 10-101(a)) and Public Utility Code 1-101(j))

Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Deployment Support

Maryland joined California, Connecticut, 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.

Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Rebate Program

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) offers an EVSE rebate program available to an individual, business, or state or local government entity for the costs of acquiring and installing qualified EVSE. Between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2016, rebate amounts are equal to the following amounts, up to 50% of the costs of acquiring and installing qualified EVSE:

Qualified Entity Amount
Individual $900
Business or State or Local Government $5,000
Retail Service Station Dealer $7,500

 

The rebate is limited to one EVSE per individual. Applicants must demonstrate compliance with state, local, and/or federal law that applies to the installation or operation of qualified EVSE. Other requirements may apply. Total funding for each fiscal year will not exceed $600,000. (Reference Senate Bill 908, 2014, and Maryland Statutes, Business Regulation Code10-101 and State Government Code 9-2009)

 

Massachusetts Laws and Incentives for Electricity

State Hybrid Electric (HEV) Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Acquisition Requirements

When purchasing new motor vehicles, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts must purchase HEVs or AFVs to the maximum extent feasible and consistent with the ability of such vehicles to perform their intended functions. HEVs and AFVs must be acquired at a rate of at least 5% annually for all new motor vehicle purchases so that not less than 50% of the motor vehicles the Commonwealth owns and operates will be HEVs or AFVs by 2018.

State fleets must also acquire AFVs according to the requirements of the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 1992 and the Massachusetts Office of Vehicle Management (OVM) must approve any light-duty vehicle acquisition. All agencies must purchase the most economical, fuel-efficient, and low emission vehicles appropriate to their mission. OVM, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, will set new minimum standards for vehicle fuel economy and work with agencies to acquire vehicles that provide the best value for the Commonwealth on a total cost of ownership basis.

By July 1 of each year, OVM must compile a report detailing the progress made towards these requirements.

(Reference Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 7, Section 9A; Executive Order 388, 1996; and Massachusetts Executive Office of Administration and Finance Administrative Bulletin 10, 2010)

Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Deployment Support

Massachusetts joined California, Connecticut, Maryland, 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.

Federal Laws and Incentives

Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit

NOTE: This incentive originally expired on December 31, 2013, but was retroactively extended through December 31, 2014 by Public Law 113-295. The incentive will remain posted until the federal tax filing deadline.

Fueling equipment for natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas (propane), electricity, E85, or diesel fuel blends containing a minimum of 20% biodiesel installed between January 1, 2006, and December 31, 2013, is eligible for a tax credit of 30% of the cost, not to exceed $30,000. Permitting and inspection fees are not included in covered expenses. Fueling station owners who install qualified equipment at multiple sites are allowed to use the credit towards each location. Consumers who purchased qualified residential fueling equipment prior to December 31, 2014, may receive a tax credit of up to $1,000. Unused credits that qualify as general business tax credits, as defined by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), may be carried backward one year and carried forward 20 years. For more information about claiming the credit, see IRS Form 8911, which is available on the IRS Forms and Publications website. (Reference Public Laws 112-240 and 113-295, 26 U.S. Code 30C and 38, and IRS Notice 2007-43(PDF)).

 

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