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Tax incentives and/or other incentives for drivers of electric vehicles in UT.
Low-speed vehicles are only allowed access to roadways with speeds limits of up to 35 miles per hour (mph), must comply with all federal and state motor vehicle regulations, and are required to display a slow-moving vehicle identification emblem on the rear of the vehicle. Low-speed vehicles are defined as four-wheel electric vehicles that are not golf carts or off-road vehicles, operate at speeds up to 25 mph, and may carry up to four passengers. Low-speed vehicles are subject to vehicle taxation requirements, including those related to special fuels and are exempt from emission inspections. (Reference Utah Code 41-6a-102, 41-6a-1508, 59-13-102, and 59-13-201)
Propane, natural gas, electricity, and hydrogen, also known as clean fuel or special fuel, used to operate motor vehicles are exempt from state fuel taxes, but subject to a special fuel tax at the rate of three-nineteenths of the conventional motor fuel tax. A reduction in special fuel tax is permissible if the fuel is already taxed by the Navajo Nation. Retailers, wholesalers, and suppliers of special fuel are eligible for a refund of the special fuel tax if dyed diesel fuel is mixed with special fuel and the mixed special fuel is returned to the refinery. For more information, see the Utah State Tax Commission Fuel Taxes website. (Reference Utah Code 59-13-102, 59-13-201, 59-13-301, and 59-13-322)
Vehicles operating on propane, natural gas, or electricity are permitted to use HOV lanes, regardless of the number of passengers. Qualified vehicles must display the special clean fuel decal issued by the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT); a limited number of decals are available. This exemption expires September 30, 2019. For more information about qualifying vehicles and decal availability, see the UDOT Clean Fuel Vehicle Decal and Permit website. (Reference Utah Code 41-1a-416, 41-1a-418, 41-6a-702, 59-13-102, and 72-6-121)
The Utah State Tax Commission (Commission) may require vehicles operating on clean fuels to be inspected for safe operation. In addition, clean fuel vehicles that have a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 26,000 pounds or have more than three axels are required to obtain a special fuel user permit from the Commission. Clean fuels are defined as propane, natural gas, electricity, and hydrogen. (Reference Utah Code 59-13-102, 59-13-303, and 59-13-304)
Qualified taxpayers are eligible for a tax credit for the purchase of a qualified heavy-duty AFV. Qualifying fuels include natural gas, electricity, and hydrogen. Each qualified heavy-duty AFV is eligible for the following tax credit amounts:
At least 50% of the qualified vehicle's miles must be driven in the state. A single taxpayer may claim credits for up to 10 AFVs or $500,000 annually. If more than 30% of the total available tax credits in a single year have not been claimed by May 1, a taxpayer may apply for credits for an additional eight AFVs. Up to 25% of the tax credits are reserved for taxpayers with small fleets of less than 40 vehicles. This credit expires December 31, 2020. Additional conditions and restrictions may apply.
(Reference Utah Code 59-7-618, 59-10-1033, and 59-13-201)
The Utah Conversion to Alternate Fuel Grant Program provides grants to businesses that install conversion equipment on eligible vehicles that allow the vehicles to operate on alternative fuel or reduce a vehicle’s emissions of regulated pollutants. Businesses are required to pass these savings along to the individual who purchases the converted vehicle. Grants are available for 50% of the cost of conversion, up to $2,500. Eligible alternative fuels include propane, natural gas, and electricity. For more information, see the Utah Conversion to Alternative Fuel Grant Program website. (Reference Utah Code 19-1-401, 19-1-402, 19-1-403.3, and 19-1-405)
Rocky Mountain Power offers residential customers with PEVs $200 to enroll in a time-of-use (TOU) rate pilot. Participants may choose between two rate plans. The TOU rate will apply to all household energy use. For more information, see the Rocky Mountain Power PEV TOU Rate Pilot Program website.
Rocky Mountain Power provides rebates to non-residential and multi-family customers toward the purchase of Level 2 and direct current (DC) fast EVSE. Customers installing Level 2 EVSE may receive a rebate of 75% of equipment cost, up to $2,500 for single port stations and $3,500 for multi-port stations. Customers installing DC fast charging EVSE may receive a rebate of 75% of equipment and installation cost, up to $30,000 for single port stations and $42,000 for multi-port stations. To receive a rebate, customers installing Level 2 EVSE must submit an application within 90 days of the station installation; customers installing DC fast charging EVSE must submit an application for utility approval before purchasing and installing equipment.
Customers may also complete an application for a custom grant project; applications must be submitted by April 1, 2019. Rebates and grant funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, see the Rocky Mountain Power Utah Electric Vehicle Incentives website.
Battery electric vehicle (EV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), and hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) owners are required to pay an additional registration fee as follows:
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Owners of a vehicles powered by a fuel other than motor fuel, diesel fuel, electricity, natural gas, or propane are required to pay an additional registration fee equal to the EV fees outlined in the table above. A six-month registration option with fees at prorated amounts is also available.
(Reference Utah Code 41-1a-1206)