Tax incentives and/or other incentives for drivers of electric vehicles in Wilmington.
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)
As part of the Delaware Clean Transportation Incentive Program, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) offers rebates for the purchase or lease of a new AFV. The following rebate amounts are applicable for vehicles purchased or leased before December 31, 2022:
|Qualifying Vehicles||Rebate Amount|
|Electric vehicle (EV)||$2,500|
|Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV)||$1,000|
|Dedicated propane or natural gas vehicle||$1,500|
|Bi-fuel propane or natural gas vehicle||$1,350|
Eligible EVs and PHEVs may not have a retail price above $60,000. Eligible applicants include Delaware residents, businesses, organizations, and government entities. Rebates are limited to six vehicles per fleet. Additional terms and conditions apply. For more information, including application guidelines and participating dealerships, see the DNREC Clean Vehicle Rebate Program website.
As part of the Delaware Clean Transportation Incentive Program, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) offers rebates of up to $3,500 per port for the purchase of Level 2 EV charging stations for use at public, workplace, commercial, and multi-unit dwelling (MUD) locations. Installation, labor, and other costs are not eligible. The maximum number of rebates an applicant may receive varies based on applicant type and EV charging station locations:
|EV Charging Station Site||Number of Eligible Level 2 Ports|
|Public Access||6 ports for commercial, government, and nonprofit applicants|
|Workplace||6 ports for commercial, government, and nonprofit applicants|
|Fleet||6 ports for commercial applicants; 10 ports for government and nonprofit applicants|
|MUD||10 ports for commercial, government, and nonprofit applicants|
Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Eligible applicants include MUDs, businesses, organizations, non-profits, government entities, schools, colleges, and universities. Additional terms and conditions apply. For more information, including application guidelines, see the DNREC Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Rebates website.
DEC offers a one-time $200 rebate, in the form of a bill credit and an additional $5 monthly bill credit to customers if they do not charge their EVs during Beat the Peak alerts. For more information, including eligibility requirements, see the DEC Beat the Peak website.
All grid-integrated, plug-in electric vehicles in use by eligible customers must meet applicable safety and performance standards put forth by the National Electric Code, Institute of Electric and Electronic Engineers, UL, and the Society of Automotive Engineers to ensure that net metering customers comply with the electric supplier’s interconnection tariffs and operating guidelines.
(Reference Delaware Code Title 26, Chapter 10, Section 1014e)
Delmarva Power offers a TOU rate option to residential customers that own EVs. For more information, see the Delmarva Power EV Programs website.
Delaware utilities joined the National Electric Highway Coalition (NEHC), committing to create a network of direct current fast charging (DCFC) stations connecting major highway systems from the Atlantic Coast to the Pacific of the United States. NEHC utility members agree to ensure efficient and effective fast charging deployment plans that enable long distance EV travel, avoiding duplication among coalition utilities, and complement existing corridor DCFC sites. For more information, including a list of participating utilities and states, see the NEHC website.
By July 1, 2023, municipalities having a population of more than 30,000 people must adopt an ordinance that establishes a permitting procedure for the installation of curbside residential EV charging stations. The ordinance must
(Reference Senate Bill 187, 2022 and Delaware Administrative Code Title 22, Chapter 1, Section 119)
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