Delaware Announces EV, Clean Fuel Incentive Programs

On July 15, Governor Jack A. Markell and the Delaware Division of Energy and Climate announced the Clean Transportation Incentive Programs (CTIP) intended to encourage wider use and adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) and cleaner alternative fuel programs.

The CTIPs include five programs (detailed below) covering a range of clean transportation activities, including rebates for electric and alternative fuel vehicle purchases, rebates for charging stations, grants for electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and grants for innovative transportation solutions designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  

Funded through Delaware’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), CTIP has received $2,700,000 for its programs. Applicants including businesses, non-profits, and local governments may find more information and apply for any of these programs by visiting http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/energy/Pages/Clean-Transportation-Incentives-Home.aspx.

Program Details

Clean Vehicle Rebate Program and Heavy Duty Vehicle Rebate Program ($750,000 allotted for both)

The Clean Vehicle Rebate Program provides incentives to encourage purchases of electric vehicles and other cleaner alternative fuel vehicles. The program currently offers up to $2,200 towards the purchase of a new Battery Electric (BEV) and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) as well as $1,100 for other alternative fuel vehicles. These rebates could go towards the purchase of between 340 BEVs and PHEVs or 681 alternative fuel vehicles.

The Heavy Duty Vehicle Rebate Program draws on the same funding as the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program and provides incentives to purchasers of heavy-duty trucks to buy vehicles that run on cleaner fuels. Natural gas powered work, delivery, or garbage trucks are among the vehicles eligible for these specific incentives. The program offers up to $20,000 for heavy-duty-dedicated natural gas trucks. Rebates are limited to one per individual or five per fleet. These rebates could go towards the purchase of up to 37 heavy-duty vehicles.

Electric Vehicle Charging Supply Equipment Program ($50,000 allotted)

The Electric Vehicle Charging Supply Equipment Rebate Program assists with the purchase of at least 100 Level 1 or Level 2 Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) with a rebate worth up to $500. Charging stations of this type tend to be installed in homes and parking lots or parking structures. Delaware currently has 35 publicly available electric charging units according to the Department of Energy Alternative Fuels Data Center as of July 20, 2015. Rebates are limited to one per individual or five per fleet.

Alternative Fueling Infrastructure Grant Program ($1,400,000 allotted)

The Alternative Fueling Infrastructure Grant Program provides financial incentives to organizations to install between 5 to 6 Level 3 DC Fast Charge stations or other alternative fueling infrastructure across the state. Fast-charge stations more typically appear in roadside stations or locations where drivers will not spend significant time, or service corporate fleets. Delaware currently has 17 total publicly available fast charge stations according to the Department of Energy Alternative Fuels Data Center as of July 20, 2015. The program confers grants to cover up to 50 percent of the total cost and up to $500,000 for any one project.

Innovative Transportation Greenhouse Gas Reduction Competitive Grant Program ($500,000 allotted)

The Innovative Transportation Greenhouse Gas Reduction Competitive Grant Program promotes projects that can demonstrate greenhouse gas reductions in the transportation sector but are not otherwise eligible under one of the four other CTIP programs. The program will award grants of at least $5,000 up to $100,000 to cover up to 50 percent of 3 to 5 projects. The Delaware Division of Energy and Climate will release a Request for Proposal (RFP) in early Fall 2015 with additional details and application procedures for these grant programs.