The Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition is part of a nationwide program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that aims to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation sector and support development of infrastructure necessary to make Alternative Fueled Vehicles  a viable transportation option.

Watch these videos created by DOER and the Mass. Clean Cities Coalition to get a dynamic picture of transportation alternatives to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.


Mass. DOER Electric Vehicle Rebate & MassDEP Charging Station Grant Programs

Applications are being accepted for two programs with the objective to grow the number of electric vehicles (EV) on the road in Massachusetts:

  • DOER’s MOR-EV program for consumers who purchase or lease EVs
  • MassDEP grant program to help install charging stations at workplaces like businesses, nonprofits and state agencies with more 15 employees
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Through the $2 million Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles (MOR-EV) program, new purchasers/leasers of an eligible vehicle can apply for a rebate of up to $2,500 on those vehicles purchased on or after June 18, 2014.

Interested drivers can learn more about how to apply for rebates at www.mor-ev.org. Rebates are funded with proceeds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) auctions and are available on a first-come first-served basis until all the funds have been committed. All applications must be submitted within three months of purchase or lease, starting on June 18 and ending when funds run out. Additional background is available from the June 18 press release .

Clean Vehicle Project

The DOER project will replace more than 200 public and private vehicles powered by gasoline and diesel with alternatively fueled vehicles. The alternative fuels and power sources will be natural gas, propane (auto gas), battery, hybrid, and solar electric, as well as hydraulic hybrid. The Clean Vehicle project will also provide funding for the electric vehicle charging and natural gas infrastructure. This project will cover the differential cost for the various clean fuels.

The Clean Vehicle Program is funded by the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) improvement program sponsored by the U.S Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration.

Application for Fleet Upgrade Funding
If you have a fleet with vehicles that you propose to upgrade to a cleaner fuel, please complete the Fleet Alternative Fuel Grant Funding Request form. Once the Program Opportunity Notice - PON  is issued for the particular funding opportunity in which you have interest, you will receive a copy.

For more information regarding these funding opportunities, please contact michelle.broussard@state.ma.us.

Key Initiative:  Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Initiative (MEVI)

The Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition provides significant support to the activities of the Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Initiative and implements actions under the Multi-State ZEV Action Plan. This work contributes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, promotes economic growth and protects public health and air quality by reducing other transportation-related air pollution.

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Multi-State ZEV Action Plan 

The Governors of eight states located on the east and west coasts released a collaborative Action Plan to develop infrastructure, coordinated policies, codes and standards and a consumer market primed to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) on the road by 2025. The partner states are California, Connecticut, Maryland, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont. Together they comprise about a quarter of the nation’s new car sales. Massachusetts set a goal of 300,000 ZEVs or 15% of the projected registered vehicles in the state in 2025.

The Massachusetts 2015 Budget created a formal Zero Emission Vehicle Commission that will be appointed by January 1, 2015.  Their first task will be to review and finalize the draft Massachusetts Zero Emission Vehicle Action plan. The Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition will play a key role in implementing the final action plan.

Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Initiative

A Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Initiative Task Force met for one year (2013-2014) and was co-chaired by a team of Executive Office Undersecretaries and Commissioners of the energy and environmental agencies of the Commonwealth. The Task force recommended a number of actions (see meeting minutes docx format of Meeting One Minutes
)  that resulted in the MOR-EV consumer rebate program implemented by the DOER and other incentive, infrastructure installation and outreach efforts. A draft Massachusetts Zero Emission Vehicle Action Plan resulted from the efforts of the Task Force and the Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition will play a key role in implementing the final action plan.

Commitment to Building an AFV market – Join the Clean Cities Coalition

Public-private partnerships developed through stakeholders are integral to the coalition's success. If you work in a business, institution, or government office that has an interest in alternative transportation/fuels, energy, and the environment, you can join the Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition as a stakeholder and help grow the AFV market. If your organization has a fleet, you can also learn how to reduce its carbon footprint. For more information, please contact Stephen.Russell@state.ma.us.

About the Clean Cities Coalition

In March 1994, Boston became the 7th U.S. city to be designated a Clean Cities Coalition. This Coalition expanded its mission in 1999 to become a statewide initiative under its present-day name, the Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition (MCCC). Clean Cities Massachusetts 2013 Annual Report.

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Stakeholder Meetings and Upcoming Events

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The coalition hosts meetings for its stakeholders every other month. Anyone who is not a stakeholder but is interested in alternative transportation and fuels may also attend. Meetings feature current information and updates on the market. Past topics include electric vehicle infrastructure, compressed natural gas use in transportation, and hybrid technology. We meet every other month, on the second Thursday of that month, in various locations throughout the state.

Clean Cities Coalition Meetings – Come to a meeting and find out what the coalition is all about and join our mailing list to receive our monthly newsletters to stay on top of all that’s developing within the Clean Cities Coalition.

 


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