Alaska Laws and Incentives

Listed below are the summaries of all current Alaska laws, incentives, regulations, funding opportunities, and other initiatives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, advanced technologies, or air quality. You can go directly to summaries of:

State Incentives

Idle Reduction Weight Exemption

A commercial vehicle equipped with qualified idle reduction technology may exceed the state's gross, total axle, or bridge formula vehicle weight limits by up to 550 pounds to compensate for the additional weight of the idle reduction technology. Upon request, vehicle operators must be able to provide written proof of idle reduction technology weight and demonstrate or certify that that the idle reduction technology is fully functional at all times. (Reference Attorney General File JU2017200674, and Alaska Administrative Code 17.25.013)

Utility/Private Incentives

Residential Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Credit – Chugach Electric Association (CEA)

CEA provides eligible residential customers a $200 bill credit per residential charger, up to two chargers per household, for sharing information on plug-in electric vehicles, EVSEs, and average miles driven per year. For more information, including eligibility requirements, see the CEA Electric Vehicles page.

Commercial Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Rebates - Chugach Electric Association (CEA)

CEA offers rebates to commercial customers for the purchase and installation of Level 2 EVSE. Rebates are available in the following amounts:

Applicant TypeRebate Amounts
Workplace$5,000 per EVSE; up to $15,000 per location
HotelUp to $2,500 per location
Fleet$1,500 per EVSE; up to $3,000 per location
Rental Car Companies at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport$1,500 per EVSE; up to $3,000 per location
Commercial$500 per EVSE; up to $1,000 per location

Fleet recipients must agree to share observations regarding the use and economy of an electric vehicle in their fleet with CEA. Workplace recipients must agree to provide information about the usage of EVSE with CEA for 36 months after installation. For more information, including eligibility requirements, see the CEA Electric Vehicles page.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Rebate – Alaska Power and Telephone (AP&T)

AP&T offers a rebate of $1,000 to residential customers who own a new or used EV, including electric motorcycles, with a minimum battery size of at least 16 kilowatts. For more information, see the AP&T Amp-Up website.

Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Time-of-Use (TOU) Rate – Alaska Electric Light & Power (AELP)

AELP offers a TOU rate to residential customers that own or lease PEVs with batteries greater than 16 kilowatts. For more information, see the AELP Electric Vehicle website.

Laws and Regulations

Ethanol Fuel Blend Tax Rate

The tax rate on fuel containing ethanol is $0.06 per gallon less than the tax rate on other motor fuels in certain geographic areas. This reduced rate is in effect during months ethanol fuel blends must be sold, transferred, or used to operate motor vehicles to reduce carbon monoxide emissions and attain federal or state air quality standards. (Reference Alaska Statutes 43.40.010)

Low-Speed Vehicle Access to Roadways

Low-speed vehicles are only permitted on highways with speed limits up to 35 miles per hour (mph) or up to 45 mph in some municipalities or boroughs. Low-speed vehicles may cross highways that have maximum speed limits greater than 35 mph at an intersection with a highway that allows low-speed vehicle use. Operators of low-speed vehicles are subject to all traffic laws and other laws applicable to operators of passenger vehicles, including a biennial registration fee. For purposes of this regulation, a low-speed vehicle is a motor vehicle that has four wheels, can achieve speeds greater than 20 mph but not more than 25 mph, and meets state and federal weight, equipment, and safety requirements. (Reference Alaska Statutes 28.01.010, 28.35.261, and 28.90.990)

Alternative Fuel Vehicle Acquisition Requirement

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (Department) must evaluate the cost, efficiency, and commercial availability of alternative fuels for automotive purposes every five years, and purchase or convert to vehicles that operate using alternative fuels whenever practical. The Department may participate in joint ventures with public or private partners to foster the availability of alternative fuels for consumers. (Reference Alaska Statutes 44.42.020)

State Energy Policy

As part of its state energy policy, Alaska must promote energy efficiency in the transportation sector. (Reference Alaska Statutes 44.99.115)