About the Program
The Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (MassEVIP) helps Massachusetts cities and towns acquire electric vehicles and charging stations by offsetting the higher initial cost of these advanced technologies. Through a competitive solicitation, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) will provide incentive awards of between $5,000 and $7,500 per selected municipality toward the purchase of battery-electric or plug-in hybrid passenger vehicles, and up to $15,000 to install Level 2 dual charging stations (which can charge two vehicles at the same time), when a municipality purchases at least one battery-electric vehicle.
Applications for MassEVIP Phase 2 grants will be available shortly. In the meantime, the MassEVIP Phase 1 materials below are provided for reference.
- MassEVIP Brochure
- MassEVIP Questions & Answers
- MassDEP Electric Vehicles 101 Presentation file size 27MB
"Making Your Municipality EV-Ready & MassEVIP" (Windows Media format)
Electric Vehicle (EV) Facts
Many are choosing to drive EVs because:
- EVs not only decrease greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions but also significantly reduce smog forming emissions. Even when EVs are charged with electricity generated from fossil fuels, less GHGs are emitted than a conventional gasoline fueled vehicle. The Northeast power grid is more reliant on natural gas and renewable energy, so electricity generated in the Northeast is among the cleanest in the country.
- Since electricity is generated almost entirely by domestic sources, we can decrease our dependence on foreign oil imports. Electricity costs are lower than petroleum and not subject to price volatility and EV owners can benefit from a reliable and less expensive source of energy to power their vehicles.
- Over the lifetime of an EV, an owner can save thousands of dollars in fuel costs.
How to Apply
- Eligibility Criteria
All municipalities in the Commonwealth are eligible to apply for MassEVIP grants and MassDEP strives to ensure that awards are distributed across the state. Municipal applicants are given preference if they are:
- Registered as Green Communities; or
- Identified as an Environmental Justice communities, as defined by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA)
MassDEP holds pre-application workshops at its Boston and regional offices for municipalities with interest in applying for MassEVIP grants.
- Application Process
Interested municipalities need to complete the application form below and submit it to MassDEP, postmarked no later than the deadline. Applications for MassEVIP Phase 2 grants will be available shortly. In the meantime, the MassEVIP Phase 1 materials below are provided for reference.
Upon completing review of all applications received, MassDEP issues Grant Application Approvals and End-User Agreements to municipal applicants approved for grants. Once these municipalities return signed End-User Agreements to MassDEP, they may complete their vehicle acquisitions and/or charging station installations, as applicable. MassEVIP provides incentives directly to vendors on state contract or reimburse the municipalities that perform theirs own competitive bid processes and choose vehicles on California’s list that are not currently available on Massachusetts state contract.
For More Information
- To learn more about MassEVIP, call MassDEP at 617-654-6585.
- For information about alternative transportation in Massachusetts, see: Alternative Transportation