Tax incentives and/or other incentives for drivers of electric vehicles in Kalispell.
Businesses and individuals are eligible for an income tax credit of up to 50% of the equipment and labor costs for converting vehicles to operate using alternative fuels. Qualified alternative fuels include natural gas, propane, hydrogen, electricity, and fuels containing at least 85% ethanol, methanol, ether, or another alcohol. The maximum credit is $500 for the conversion of vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 10,000 pounds (lbs.) or less and $1,000 for vehicles with a GVWR of more than 10,000 lbs. The credit is only available for the year the business or individual converts the vehicle. An alternative fuel seller may not receive a credit for converting its own vehicles to operate on the alternative fuel it sells. (Reference Montana Code Annotated 15-30-2320)
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. (Reference Montana Code Annotated 61-1-101, 61-5-122, 61-8-378)
Montana utilities joined the National Electric Highway Coalition (NEHC), committing to create a network of direct current fast (DC Fast) 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 DC fast charging sites. For more information, including a list of participating utilities and states, see the NEHC website.
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