Natural Gas Laws and Incentives in District of Columbia
The list below contains summaries of all District of Columbia laws and incentives related to natural gas.
Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Conversion and Infrastructure Tax Credit
Businesses and individuals are eligible for an income tax credit of 50% of the equipment and labor costs for the conversion of qualified AFVs, up to $19,000 per vehicle. A tax credit is also available for 50% of the equipment and labor costs for the purchase and installation of alternative fuel infrastructure on qualified AFV fueling property. The maximum credit is $1,000 per residential electric vehicle charging station, and $10,000 per publicly accessible AFV fueling station. Qualified alternative fuels include, ethanol blends of at least 85%, natural gas, propane, biodiesel, electricity, and hydrogen. This incentive expires December 31, 2026. For more information, see the Office of Tax and Revenue website. (Reference District of Columbia Code 47-1806.12 through 47-1806.13, 47-1807.10 through 47-1807.11, and 47-1808.10 through 47-1808.11)
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Exemption from Driving Restrictions
Certified clean fuel vehicles are exempt from time-of-day and day-of-week restrictions and commercial vehicle bans if the vehicles are part of a fleet that operates at least 10 vehicles in the District of Columbia. This exemption does not permit unrestricted access to High Occupancy Vehicle lanes, except for covered fleet vehicles that have been certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as Inherently Low Emission Vehicles (ILEV) and continue to be in compliance with applicable ILEV emission standards. (Reference District of Columbia Law L22-0257, 2019, and District of Columbia Code 50-702 and 50-714)
Laws and Regulations
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Acquisition Requirements
Fleets that operate at least 10 vehicles in the District of Columbia must ensure that 70% of newly purchased vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 8,500 pounds (lbs.) or less and 50% of vehicles with a GVWR between 8,500 lbs. and 26,000 lbs. are clean fuel vehicles. For the purpose of this requirement, a clean fuel is any fuel, including diesel, ethanol (including E85), hydrogen, propane, natural gas, reformulated gasoline, or other power source (including electricity) used in a clean fuel vehicle that complies with standards and requirements applicable to such vehicles. Certain exemptions apply. (Reference District of Columbia Code 50-702 and 50-703)
Fuel Efficient Vehicle Title Excise Tax
By January 1, 2020, the District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), in consultation with the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), must revise the vehicle title excise tax to vary based on the fuel efficiency of the vehicle seeking title. The DMV and DOEE will develop a benchmark fuel efficiency standard. Vehicles seeking title with a fuel efficiency above the benchmark standard will pay a decreased excise tax amount or receive an excise tax rebate. Vehicles seeking title with a fuel efficiency below the benchmark standard will pay an increased excise tax amount. (Reference District of Columbia Code 50-2201.03(j)(1A))
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