Delaware Laws and Incentives
Listed below are the summaries of all current Delaware 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:
Medium- and Heavy-Duty Emissions Reductions Funding
The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is accepting applications for funding of medium- and heavy-duty on-road and limited off-road emission reduction projects. This grant program is funded by Delaware's portion of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust. For more information, including program guidance and application deadlines, see the DNREC Volkswagen Mitigation Plan website.
Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Rebates
As part of the Delaware Clean Transportation Incentive Program, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control offers rebates for new, leased, or converted AFVs. The following rebate amounts are applicable for vehicles purchased between November 1, 2016, and December 31, 2019:
|Qualifying Vehicles||Rebate Amount|
|All-electric vehicle (EV)||$3,500|
|Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV; including vehicles with gasoline range extenders)||$1,500|
|Converted EV and PHEV||$1,500|
|EV or PHEV over $60,000||$1,000|
|Dedicated propane or natural gas vehicle (NGV)||$1,500|
|Bi-fuel propane or NGV||$1,350|
|Dedicated heavy-duty NGV||$20,000|
Eligible applicants include Delaware residents, businesses, organizations, and government entities. Rebate applications must be signed by both the purchaser and a dealer representative. Rebates are limited to six vehicles per fleet and one vehicle per individual. All vehicles purchased through this rebate program must be titled and registered in the state. Additional terms and conditions apply. For more information, including application guidelines and participating dealers, see the Delaware Clean Fuel and Transportation Initiative website.
Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Rebates
As part of the Delaware Clean Transportation Incentive Program, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control offers rebates for new EVSE purchased for use at commercial and residential locations.
Rebate amounts are 50% of the cost of a residential charging station, up to $500, and 75% of the cost of a commercial or workplace charging station, up to $2,500 or $5,000, respectively.
Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis to Delaware residents, businesses, organizations, and government entities. Rebates are limited to six EVSE per fleet and one EVSE per individual. Additional terms and conditions apply. For more information, including application guidelines, see the Delaware Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Rebate Programwebsite.
Heavy-Duty Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) Rebates
As part of the Delaware Clean Transportation Incentive Program, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) offers rebates of up to $20,000 for new or leased Class 7 or Class 8 dedicated NGVs. Eligible applicants include commercial entities, non-profits, individuals, or businesses located in Delaware or who have in-state affiliates. Applicants must submit proof of order and proof of payment to receive the rebate; a copy of the lease agreement is required for leased vehicles. Fleets are limited to five rebates per funding cycle. All vehicles purchased through this rebate program must be titled and registered in the state. DNREC will accept applications through December 31, 2019, on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional terms and conditions apply. For more information, including application instructions and eligibility requirements, see the Delaware Heavy-Duty Vehicle Rebate Program website.
Vehicle-to-Grid Energy Credit
Retail electricity customers with at least one grid-integrated electric vehicle (EV) may qualify to receive kilowatt-hour credits for energy discharged to the grid from the EV's battery at the same rate that the customer pays to charge the battery. A grid-integrated EV is defined as a battery-powered motor vehicle that has the ability for two-way power flow between the vehicle and the electric grid as well as communications hardware and software that allow for external control of battery charging and discharging. (Reference Delaware Code Title 26, Chapter 10, Section 1001 and 1014g)
Idle Reduction Weight Exemption
Any motor vehicle equipped with qualified idle reduction technology may exceed the state gross, axle, tandem, or bridge weight limits by up to 400 pounds to account for the weight of the technology. The additional weight may not exceed the actual weight of the idle reduction unit. To qualify for the exemption, the vehicle operator must also be able to prove the weight of the idle reduction technology and demonstrate that the technology is fully functional. (Reference Delaware Code Title 21, Chapter 45, Section 4503f)
Alternative Fuel Tax Exemption
Taxes imposed on alternative fuels used in official vehicles for the United States government or any Delaware state government agency, including volunteer fire and rescue companies, are waived. Alternative fuel retailers must obtain a fuel supplier's license from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), and operators or owners of vehicles using alternative fuel must obtain either a special fuel user's license from DelDOT or pay the special fuel tax. (Reference Delaware Code Title 30, Chapter 51, Subchapter II)
Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Pilot Program - Delaware Electric Cooperative (DEC)
DEC offers a pilot program for qualified members to receive a free ChargePoint home EVSE. Members must have an all-electric vehicle (EV), an average consumption of 1,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) or more per month, and be able to charge the EV during off-peak times. For more information, see the EV Pilot Program website.
Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Rebate - PECO
PECO provides rebates of $50 to residential customers who purchase a new, qualified PEV. For more information, see the PECO Driver Rebate website.
Propane Infrastructure and Fuel Incentives - Boulden Brothers Propane
Boulden Brothers Propane provides fueling equipment at no cost to propane vehicle operators on a case-by-case basis. Boulden Brothers Propane also offers a $0.15 per gallon on-site fuel discount to fleets using propane to operate their vehicles.
Point of Contact
Boulden Brothers Propane
Phone: (302) 368-2553
Propane Infrastructure and Fuel Incentives - SchagrinGAS
SchagrinGAS provides propane tanks, pumps, and meters at no cost to customers on a case-by-case basis. SchagrinGAS offers a discount on propane to fleets that use the fuel to operate their vehicles.
Point of Contact
Vice President of Operations
Phone: (302) 658-2000 x3015
Laws and Regulations
Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Advisory Council
Delaware Department of Transportation will establish an Advisory Council to evaluate the impact of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) on public safety, cyber security, legal issues, privacy, and the design and construction of the transportation network. The Advisory Council will review state motor vehicle laws and make recommendations for tools and strategies that can be used to prepare Delaware's transportation network for CAVs. The Advisory Council will prepare a report of its activities and recommendations for the governor and General Assembly by September 5, 2018. (Reference Executive Order 14, 2017)
Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) Standards
All Model Year (MY) 2014 and later passenger cars and light- and medium-duty vehicles must meet California motor vehicle emissions and compliance requirements specified in Title 13 of the California Code of Regulations. Certain exceptions apply, including the zero emission vehicle sales requirements. (Reference Delaware Administrative Code Title 7, Section 1140)
State Fleet Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction
The Cabinet Committee on Climate and Resiliency (CCoCAR) oversees the development and implementation of agency-specific, actionable recommendations to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The CCoCAR's Mitigation Workgroup recommended that Delaware adopt a mitigation target of 30% GHG emissions reduction from a 2008 baseline by 2030. The Mitigation Workgroup proposed that Delaware Department of Transportation purchase and deploy lower emission light-duty vehicles equal to 10% of its fleet by 2020. For more information, see The Climate Framework for Delaware website. (Reference Executive Order 41, 2013)
Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Acquisition Requirements
All new light-duty vehicles that Delaware state agencies, departments, and offices purchase must be hybrid electric, alternative fuel, fuel-efficient, or low emission vehicles, unless such a purchase compromises health, safety, or law enforcement needs. Additionally, the state must develop procedures for diesel fleet vehicles to use biodiesel fuel blends of the highest practical percent. (Reference Executive Order 18, 2010)
Low-Speed Vehicle Access to Roadways
A low-speed vehicle is defined as a four-wheeled motor vehicle, other than a truck, with a gross vehicle weight rating of less than 2,500 pounds that is capable of operating at a speed of at least 20 miles per hour (mph) but not greater than 25 mph on a paved surface. A low-speed vehicle may not operate on roads with a posted speed limit greater than 35 mph but may cross a highway that has a posted speed limit greater than 35 mph. The vehicle must comply with safety standards contained in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, section 571.500, and meet state insurance, titling, and registration requirements. (Reference Delaware Code Title 21, Chapter 21, Subchapter I, Section 2113A)
Idle Reduction Requirement
On-road heavy-duty motor vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of greater than 8,500 pounds may not idle for more than three consecutive minutes when the vehicle is stationary. Violators are subject to penalties of up to $500 for each offense. Heavy-duty vehicles subject to this regulation include long-haul and delivery trucks as well as transit and school buses. Emergency fire, rescue, and lifesaving vehicles are exempt. Other vehicle operating situations may also fall under the exemption section of the regulation. (Reference Delaware Administrative Code Title 7, Section 1145)