Recent State Updates

Listed below are new and recently updated state laws, incentives, and regulations related to alternative fuels and advanced vehicles.

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California

Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Rebate Program – added 1/13/2021

The California Air Resources Board offers point of sale rebates of up to $1,500 for the purchase or lease of a new all-electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle through the Clean Fuel Reward Program. Eligible PEVs must have a minimum battery capacity of 5 kilowatt-hours and be purchased from participating retailers. Eligible customers must reside in California and register the PEV in California. For more information, including vehicle eligibility requirements, see the Clean Fuel Reward website.

Maryland

Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Workplace Charging Grant – added 12/11/2020

The Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) offers grants of up to $4,500 per charger, $600,000 total per applicant for the installation of EVSE at workplaces through the Charge Ahead Grant Program (CAGP). CAGP funding is available for costs directly attributable to the design, installation, and operation of eligible workplace EVSE. Eligible entities include non-profits, private companies, and government agencies. The program is funded by Maryland’s portion of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust. For more information, including program guidance and application, see the MDE’s Volkswagen Settlement website.

Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Corridor Charging Grant – added 12/11/2020

The Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) offers grants of up to 80% of the cost for the installation of direct current (DC) fast charging stations along Federal Highway Administration designated alternative fuel corridors through the Electric Corridors Grant Program (ECGP). ECPG funding is available for up to $150,000 per DC fast EVSE for $600,000 per total applicant. Eligible entities include non-profits and private businesses. Grant awards vary based on total kilowatts per charging port. The program is funded by Maryland’s portion of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust. For more information, including program guidance and application, see the MDE’s Volkswagen Settlement website.

New York

Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Rebate - PSEG Long Island – updated 1/12/2021

Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) Long Island offers a $500 rebate to residential customers who install a smart, Level 2 charger between January 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021. Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and are limited to one rebate per year, per residential account. Rebate applications must be postmarked by December 31, 2021, to be eligible. Additional terms and conditions apply. For more information, including how to apply, see the PSEG Long Island Smart Charger Rebate website.

Non-Residential Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Program - NYSEG – added 12/9/2020

New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) Level 2 and Direct Current (DC) Fast Charger Make Ready Program provides business and municipal customers with installation and funding support to install approved Level 2 or DC fast EVSE. Additional funding is available for eligible projects located within disadvantaged communities. Additional terms and conditions apply. For more information, including the participant guide and application, see the NYSEG EV Charger Make-Ready Program website.

Non-Residential Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Program - Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E) – added 12/9/2020

RG&E Level 2 and Direct Current (DC) Fast Charger Make Ready Program provides business and municipal customers with installation and funding support to install approved Level 2 or DC fast EVSE. Additional funding is available for eligible projects located within disadvantaged communities. Additional terms and conditions apply. For more information, including the participant guide and application, see the RG&E EV Charger Make-Ready Program website.

Direct Current (DC) Fast Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Incentive - National Grid – added 12/9/2020

Owners of DC fast chargers that meet all of the following requirements are eligible for an annual per connector incentive:

  • Minimum power capacity of 50 kilowatts (kW) in a single- or parallel-output configuration.
  • A commonly accepted non-proprietary standard connector.
  • Publicly accessible, without restriction or fees for parking.
The full incentive is available for EVSE rated with power capacity of 75 kW and higher, and a 60% incentive is available for plugs rated 50 kW to 74 kW. Payments are made annually from the date equipment is placed in service, through 2025.

Incentives are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional terms and conditions apply.

For more information, including annual incentive amounts, see the National Grid Clean Transportation Programs website.

Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Charging Rate Reduction - National Grid – added 12/9/2020

National Grid offers a discounted rate to residential customers for electricity used to charge PEVs during off-peak hours. For more information, see the Time of Use website.

Non-Residential Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Program - National Grid – added 12/9/2020

National Grid’s Electric Vehicle Charging Station Program provides non-residential Upstate New York customers with installation and funding support to install approved Level 2 or direct current (DC) fast charger EVSE at businesses, multi-unit dwellings and workplaces. Additional funding is available for eligible projects located within disadvantaged communities. Additional terms and conditions apply. For more information, including incentive eligibility levels, see the Clean Transportation Programs website.

Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Policies for Condominiums – added 12/9/2020

Condominium associations may not prohibit or restrict the installation or use of EVSE in a homeowner’s designated parking space. Condominium associations may put reasonable restrictions on EVSE, but the policies may not significantly increase the cost of the EVSE or prohibit installation. Homeowners must comply with applicable health and safety codes and architectural standards, engage a licensed installation contractor, and provide a certificate of insurance. The homeowner is responsible for the cost of the installation, operation, maintenance, repair, removal, or replacement of the station in their parking space, as well as any resulting damage to the EVSE or surrounding area. (Reference New York Consolidated Laws Real Property Section 339-LL)

Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Charging Signage and Parking Space Regulation – added 12/9/2020

Effective April 5, 2021, an individual is not allowed to stop, stand, or park a motor vehicle within any parking space specifically designated for parking and charging PEVs unless the motor vehicle is a PEV. Any vehicle that is not actively charging may not park in designated PEV charging parking spaces. A PEV is presumed to not be charging if it is parked at a charging station and is not connected to the charger for longer than 30 minutes.

Conspicuous and permanently installed signage is required to properly identify the PEV station parking and charging restrictions.

(Reference Assembly Bill 8608, 2020)

Rhode Island

Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Incentive – National Grid – added 2/5/2021

National Grid offers commercial customers rebates of up to 100% of installation costs for select Level 2 or Direct Current (DC) Fast EVSE at workplaces, businesses, multi-unit dwellings, universities, and medical campuses. For more information, including eligible equipment, see the National Grid Electric Transportation and Charging Programs website.

Fleet Advisory Services – National Grid – added 2/5/2021

National Grid offers advisory services to support the electrification of up to 12 Rhode Island-based fleets. Eligible fleets include light-duty corporate, medium- and heavy-duty government, public transit, and municipal school bus fleets. For more information, see the National Grid Electric Transportation and Charging Programs website.

Direct Current (DC) Fast Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Credits – National Grid – added 2/5/2021

National Grid commercial customers operating publicly-accessible DC Fast EVSE an electric bill credit to offset the distribution demand charge. Credits are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, including eligibility requirements, see the National Grid Electric Transportation and Charging Programs website.

Electric Transit Bus Pilot and Replacement Program – added 2/5/2021

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) is responsible for implementing the RIPTA Zero Emissions Vehicle Program to evaluate electric transit buses to replace retired diesel buses. This program is part of Rhode Island’s Beneficiary Mitigation Plan and is funded by Rhode Island’s portion of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust. For more information see the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Volkswagen Settlement website.

Texas

Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Fee Study – updated 12/14/2020

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) in collaboration with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality shall conduct a study on AFV fees. The study will examine the impact of the AFV industry on Texas, the impact of lost motor fuel tax revenues on state highways, fee collection options, and the feasibility of establishing an AFV fee. TxDMV submitted the study to the governor and state legislature in December 2020. (Reference Senate Bill 604, 2019)