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Tax incentives and/or other rebates, credits, incentives or related initiaves for drivers of alternative fuel vehicles or for other uses of alternative fuel in Vermont.
An NEV is defined as an electric vehicle that is designed to operate at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour (mph); carries up to four people; has at least four wheels and a gross vehicle weight rating of less than 3,000 pounds; and conforms to the minimum safety equipment requirements as adopted in Title 49 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, section 571.500. An NEV may only be used on roads with a posted speed limit of up to 35 mph. The operator of an NEV may cross a highway that has a speed limit of up to 50 mph if the crossing begins and ends on a road authorized for use by NEVs and the intersection has a traffic control signal. The State Traffic Committee or the legislative body of a municipality for town highways may prohibit NEVs from crossing specific intersections in their jurisdiction if the decision is made in the interest of public safety. (Reference Vermont Statutes Title 23, Chapter 1, Section 4, and Title 23, Chapter 13, Sections 1007a and 1043)
BED customers are eligible for a $1,200 rebate on the purchase or lease of a new qualifying all-electric vehicle (EV) or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). Moderate income customers are eligible for an additional $600 rebate for an EV or an additional $300 rebate for a PHEV. Vehicles must have a manufacturer's suggested retail price of less than $50,000 and be registered in Burlington, VT. Rebates are available through December 31, 2019. For more information, including how to apply, see the BED Electric Vehicles website.
GMP residential customers are eligible for a free Level 2 EVSE when they purchase a new all-electric vehicle. For more information about these incentives, see GMP's In-Home Level 2 EV Charger website.
GMP provides rebates of $1,500 for the purchase of new all-electric vehicles, $1,000 for the purchase of new plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and $750 for the purchase of used PEVs. Customers with qualifying low and moderate household incomes are eligible for an additional $1,000 rebate. Vehicles must have a manufacturer's suggested retail price that is less than or equal to $60,000. For more information, see the GMP EV Rebate website.
BED provides low- or no-interest loans for the purchase of a new PEV. Eligible customers can also apply a BED PEV incentive of up to $1,800 toward the purchase of the PEV. For more information, see the BED Electric Vehicles website.
Burlington Electric Department (BED) offers a per kilowatt-hour discount for residential customers to charge PEVs during off-peak times. To qualify, customers must install a WiFi enabled electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE).
BED also offers a rebate of $400 for the purchase and installation of a qualifying Wifi enabled EVSE for customers that have enrolled in BED’s Residential EV Rate. Eligible applicants must have purchased EVSE within 60 days of the acquisition of the EV.
For more information, see the BED EV Rate website.
The Vermont Agency of Transportation will administer the PEV Incentive Program, which provides financial incentives to low- and moderate-income residents for the purchase or lease of a new PEV. (Reference House Bill 529, 2019)
The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) will administer the High Fuel Efficiency Vehicle Incentive and Emissions Repair Program, which provides incentives to replace eligible vehicles with a used vehicle that has a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) combined city/highway fuel economy of at least 40 miles per gallon (mpg) and vouchers of up to $2,500 for the repair of vehicles that failed the on-board diagnostic (OBD) systems inspection. Eligible vehicles for replacement include those that have failed the OBD systems inspection or those that are more than 15 years old and have an EPA combined city/highway fuel economy of less than 25 mpg. Eligible vehicles for a repair voucher are those that have failed the OBD systems inspection, require repairs that are not under warranty, and will be able to pass the inspection once the repairs are made.
The Vermont Department of Labor, in consultation with VTrans and other Vermont agencies, must evaluate whether to establish the Emissions Repair Program and submit a report to the legislature regarding how to fund the program on or before February 1, 2020.
(Reference House Bill 529, 2019)