Tax incentives and/or other incentives for drivers of electric vehicles in Chelsea.
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources' Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles (MOR-EV) Program offers rebates of up to $2,500 through December 31, 2018, to customers purchasing or leasing a plug-in electric vehicle or zero emission motorcycle. Beginning January 1, 2019, MOR-EV will offer rebates of up to $1,500 toward the purchase or lease of eligible battery electric and fuel cell electric vehicles. Rebates are available to Massachusetts residents and residents must submit applications within three months of the vehicle purchase or lease date. Applicants must retain ownership of the vehicle for a minimum of 36 months. For more information, including application and eligibility requirements, visit the MOR-EV website.
The Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (MassEVIP) provides grants for the purchase or lease of qualified PEVs, zero emission motorcycles, and Level 2 EVSE. Eligible applicants include local governments, public universities and colleges, and state agencies. Vehicle incentives are available in the following amounts:
|Vehicle Type||Incentive for Purchase||Incentive for Lease|
|Battery electric vehicle (BEV)||Up to $7,500||Up to $5,000|
|Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV)||Up to $5,000||Up to $3,000|
|Zero emission motorcycle||Up to $750||Up to $750|
Applicants may receive funding for a maximum of 25 vehicles, including BEVs, PHEVs, and zero emission motorcycles.
Funding of up to $7,500 per address is also available for Level 2 EVSE associated with the purchase or lease of at least two BEVs. Incentive amounts vary depending on the number of BEVs acquired. For more information, including funding availability, application, and eligibility requirements, visit the MassEVIP Fleet Incentives website.
Vehicles powered exclusively by electricity are exempt from state motor vehicle emissions inspections. For more information, see the Massachusetts Vehicle Check website. (Reference Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Regulations and Standards 310 CMR 60.02)
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 idle reduction technology must be able to provide electrical service, heating, or cooling to the vehicle. The additional weight may not exceed the actual weight of the idle reduction unit. 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 Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 90, Section 19A)
Mass Energy's Drive Green with Mass Energy program provides discounts on qualified PEVs purchased or leased from participating dealerships. The discount program is available to all consumers, including those that are not in Mass Energy's service territory. For more information, including participating dealerships and the discounts they offer, see the Drive Green with Mass Energy website.
Owners and operators of public EVSE that require payment must provide payment options that allow access by the public. In addition, payment should not require users to pay a subscription fee or obtain a membership of any kind; however, required fees may be conditional on such memberships. Owners and operators can impose reasonable restrictions on EVSE use, such as limiting access to visitors of the business. In addition, owners and operators of public EVSE must provide the location, hours of operation, payment, and characteristics of each EVSE to the U.S. Department of Energy's Alternative Fuels Data Center. (Reference Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 25A, Section 16B-16E)
A city or town may restrict certain parking areas for ZEVs, which includes all-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and fuel cell vehicles. A person who is found responsible for a violation of the restricted parking area may be subject to a penalty of no more than $50 and the vehicle may be removed from the parking spot. (Reference Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 40, Section 22A)
BELD offers customers a discount of $250 for the purchase of a qualified Level 2 EVSE. To qualify, customers must enroll in the Smart Charging Program. For more information, including eligible EVSE criteria, see the BELD Charging Incentives website.
BELD’s Smart Charging Program offers a bill credit of $8 per month to customers that charge their PEVs between 9pm and 12pm the next day on weekdays or at any time during the weekend. For more information, see the BELD Charging Incentives website.
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