Tax incentives and/or other incentives for drivers of electric vehicles in Southbridge.
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources' Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles (MOR-EV) Program offers residents, non-profits, and businesses rebates of up to $2,500 toward the purchase or lease of eligible all-electric and fuel cell electric vehicles and up to $1,500 for the purchase or lease of eligible plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Eligible non-profit and business fleet vehicles may include rental cars, company cars, and delivery vehicles. Vehicle purchase prices must be below $50,000. Applicants must apply within three months of the vehicle purchase or lease date and 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 EVs and zero emission motorcycles. 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|
|All-electric vehicle (EV)||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||N/A|
Applicants may receive funding for a maximum of 25 vehicles, including EVs, PHEVs, and zero emission motorcycles.
Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted. For more information, including funding availability, application, and eligibility requirements, visit the Apply for 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 Laws and Rules 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)
Owners and operators of public EV charging stations 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 EV charging stations use, such as limiting access to visitors of the business. In addition, owners and operators of public EV charging stations must provide the location, hours of operation, payment, and characteristics of each EV charging station 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 EV charging station. To qualify, customers must enroll in the Bring Your Own Charger Program. Additional terms and conditions apply. For more information, including eligible EV charging station 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 EVs during off-peak hours.. Additional terms and conditions apply. For more information, see the BELD Rebates and Incentives (Charging) website.
Eversource Electric Vehicle (EV) Home Charger Demand Response program offers an rebate of up $300 to residential customers that charge their EV during off-peak periods. Additional terms and conditions apply. For more information, see the Eversource EV Home Charger Demand Response website.
Massachusetts 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.
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