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A medium-speed EV may operate only on highways with posted speed limits up to 45 miles per hour (mph). A medium-speed EV must be treated as a light-duty vehicle for purposes of titling and registration. A medium-speed vehicle is one that has a maximum speed of 45 mph, a gross vehicle weight rating of 5,000 pounds or less, and complies with Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, section 565.
(Reference Montana Code Annotated 61-1-101 and 61-8-377)
A low-speed EV may operate only on highways with posted speed limits up to 25 miles per hour (mph) and may not cross a highway with a posted speed limit greater than 45 mph. A low-speed EV must have four wheels, reach speeds of at least 20 mph but not more than 40 mph, and may only be operated by a person with a low-speed restricted driver’s license. A low-speed EV must comply with Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, section 565.
Montana utilities joined the National Electric Highway Coalition (NEHC), committing to create a network of direct current fast charging (DCFC) charging 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.
In addition to standard registration fees, EVs and PHEVs are subject to an annual fee. Fee amounts vary based on gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR):
|GVWR||Annual EV Registration Fee||Annual PHEV Registration Fee|
|5,999 pounds (lbs.) or below||$130||$70|
|6,000 lbs. to 10,000 lbs.||$190||$100|
|10,001 lbs. to 26,000 lbs.||$340||$210|
|Greater than 26,001 lbs.||$1,100||$700|
The revenue from the annual fee will be apportioned to the highway restricted account. Beginning July 1, 2028, EV registration fees will be reduced by 30% for private residents.
In addition to standard registration fees, EVs and PHEVs are subject to a one-time registration fee. Fee amounts vary based on gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR):
|GVWR||One-Time EV Registration Fee||One-Time PHEV Registration Fee|
|5,999 pounds (lbs.) or below||$260||$140|
|6,000 lbs. to 10,000 lbs.||$380||$200|
The revenue from the annual fee will be apportioned to the highway restricted account.
(Reference House Bill 439, 2023)