Posts Tagged: Plug-In Vehicle Incentives

How local leaders can make their communities more EV-friendly

While much of the EV policy conversation focuses on state legislatures and public utility commissions, local government has an important role to play too. Cities and counties are where the rubber meets the road, so to speak, and local policies can go a long way towards increasing EV adoption. In last November’s midterm elections, thousands… Read more »

EV-ready building codes are the best ways for cities and states to encourage switch to EVs

By Matt Frommer – Transportation Program Senior Associate at the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP)   Imagine that you just bought a new condo and, since you care about saving the planet while saving yourself money, you’re also thinking about buying a new EV. You check your new parking lot for an electrical outlet, only… Read more »

Massachusetts extends EV rebate program, tightens eligibility requirements

The state of Massachusetts has announced that it will extend its electric vehicle rebate program through the middle of next year, while also tightening eligibility requirements. Republican Governor Charlie Baker’s office announced that the popular MOR-EV program will now run through at least June 30, 2019. Starting on January 1, the program will provide a… Read more »

Tesla, GM and Nissan advocate for extending the federal EV tax credit

The federal EV tax credit is something of a blunt instrument, but there’s little doubt that it has encouraged a substantial number of EV purchases. The future of the $7,500 tax credit is uncertain. Recently, one Republican senator introduced a bill to expand the credit, and another introduced a bill to get rid of it… Read more »

One Republican Senator wants to extend federal EV tax credit, another wants to end it

Support for EVs on Capitol Hill does not divide neatly along partisan lines, as a pair of dueling bills in the Senate illustrates. This week, Senator Dean Heller (R-Nevada) proposed legislation that would lift the current cap on EV tax credits. Under current law, once a particular automaker sells 200,000 EVs, the tax credit will… Read more »

California considers an additional $2,000 EV purchase incentive

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) will hold a hearing this week to consider increasing the state’s plug-in vehicle purchase incentive from the current $2,500 to $4,500, in order to compensate for the phase-out of federal subsidies on Tesla and GM vehicles. The $7,500 federal EV tax credit is designed to sunset for each individual… Read more »

New York state launches charging station rebate initiative

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that $5 million in rebates is now available for the installation of charging stations at workplaces, office buildings, apartment buildings, and public locations such as theaters, malls, parks and retail stores. Administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the new Charge Ready NY… Read more »

City of London introduces emissions-based parking fees

Fortunately, the famous London Fogs are a thing of the past, but the UK capital continues to take steps to improve air quality. Drivers in central London must pay a hefty Congestion Charge of around £11.50 (about $15), subject to discounts for “Ultra Low Emission” vehicles. Now the city’s famous financial district, known formally as… Read more »

Letter from Switzerland: No EV incentives in sight

In Switzerland, it’s not just the Alpine meadows that are green: every corner of the country can be reached by public transport, solar panels are ubiquitous, and recycling programs are strong. When it comes to automobiles however, it’s a different story. The Swiss love their cars every bit as much as Americans do, and in… Read more »

Nine-state coalition releases updated ZEV action plan

The Multi-State ZEV Task Force, which coordinates the ZEV regulations of nine Northeast and West Coast states, has released a new ZEV Action Plan for 2018-2021. The current “ZEV states” are California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and recent entrant New Jersey. (Colorado’s governor just signed an executive order committing the… Read more »