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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Commits $10 Million to Expand Electric Vehicle Rebate Program to Include Trucks

Program Expands to Include Light, Medium, and Heavy-Duty Battery Electric Vehicles
For immediate release:
2/16/2021
  • Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Commits $10 Million to Expand Electric Vehicle Rebate Program to Include Trucks

Eric Noreen, Communications Director

BOSTONContinuing efforts to reduce air pollution and increase access to clean transportation options across the Commonwealth, the Baker-Polito Administration today announced another expansion of the Commonwealth’s electric vehicle rebate program, Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles (MOR-EV) to include light, medium, and heavy-duty electric vehicles. This builds on the Administration’s June 2020 announcement to broaden the program to include commercial and nonprofit fleets. Today’s announced expansion to the MOR-EV program includes a $10 million commitment to fund electric trucks which keeps in line with the administration’s pledge last year to advance and accelerate the market for these vehicles. These recent changes to expand the MOR-EV program will offer clean transportation solutions while helping the Commonwealth achieve its clean energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals.

“The expansion of the successful MOR-EV program to include trucks continues the progress we have made in the Commonwealth to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and make clean transportation more financially viable for residents and businesses,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Our Administration continues to take action to electrify Massachusetts’ transportation system to combat climate change and meet our ambitious commitment to achieving net zero emissions by 2050.”

“Including trucks in the MOR-EV program will offer residents additional affordable clean transportation options and help to lower air pollution across the Commonwealth,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Our Administration is committed to ambitious emissions targets and today’s announcement represents another step forward in our efforts as a state towards a clean energy future.”

Medium and heavy-duty truck purchases made on or after February 16, 2021, will now be eligible to receive rebates through MOR-EV. Rebate values will vary by vehicle weight rating, ranging from $7,500 for pickup trucks up to $90,000 for tractor trailer trucks. Rebate values will decline over time, recognizing the anticipated cost declines of the emerging battery-electric and fuel-cell electric truck sector. Rebates will be available for all truck purchases including private, commercial, and public fleet vehicles. For additional details on the program design and to apply for a MOR-EV light, medium, and heavy-duty electric vehicle rebate, please visit here.

Since June 2014, the MOR-EV Program has issued over $37 million in rebates, incentivizing the purchase of over 18,000 electric vehicles and reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 45,000 metric tons annually.

“The Commonwealth has taken significant steps to achieve meaningful reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector, including the recently announced Transportation and Climate Initiative Program, and this expansion of the MOR-EV program will position the Commonwealth to make greater progress to reduce emissions in this critical sector,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “Reducing emissions from medium and heavy-duty vehicles will help to improve air quality and act as a catalyst as we continue to transition from carbon-intensive transportation options and towards cleaner and more environmentally friendly vehicles.”

“Electrifying the state’s transportation sector is a crucial part of the Commonwealth’s plan to lower greenhouse gas emissions and decarbonize by 2050,” said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Patrick Woodcock. “MOR-EV allows residents and businesses to contribute to the state’s efforts in a meaningful way to create a cleaner, more affordable, and more equitable energy future for the Commonwealth.”

The MassEVolves Program, which is a statewide initiative conducted by Recharge America in partnership with the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and the Department of Environmental Protection, is a public-private partnership aimed at recognizing leaders in the transition to clean transportation in the Commonwealth. On January 29th, MassEVolves and DOER’s Leading by Example (LBE) launched a new program opportunity: The Electric Vehicle Purchase Challenge. The voluntary Challenge initiative spotlights new electric vehicle purchases for fleets made by participating entities and supports broader statewide and government operations-specific emissions reduction targets and advances progress toward the adoption of electric vehicles in state fleets. The Challenge calls upon companies, higher education institutions, and state agencies with fleet vehicles to acquire at least one EV over the next year in order to increase on-the-ground experience with EVs and to increase comfort levels to further electrify fleet assets.

This announcement builds on the Baker-Polito Administration’s leadership on climate change action. In December of 2020, Governor Charlie Baker joined Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser in launching a groundbreaking multi-state program that will reduce motor vehicle pollution by at least 26 percent and generate over $1.8 billion in Massachusetts by 2032. The bipartisan Transportation and Climate Initiative Program (TCI-P) will allow participating jurisdictions to invest in equitable, cleaner transportation options, and create significant new employment opportunities while substantially improving public health across the Commonwealth and New England.

Additionally, in December of 2020, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that an additional $4 million was made available to support new and enhanced electric vehicle charging infrastructure programs across the state, as part of the Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (MassEVIP). These programs, funded by the 2017 settlement of the Volkswagen (VW) diesel emissions court case, will provide $1.5 million in funding for fast-charging stations, $1.5 million for public-access charging stations, and $1 million for workplace and fleets charging station infrastructure.

In December of 2020, the Baker-Polito Administration released two reports - the Massachusetts 2050 Decarbonization Roadmap Report and an interim 2030 Clean Energy and Climate Plan (CECP) – that detailed policies and strategies to reduce emissions and combat climate change including an interim 2030 statewide emissions limit of 45% below 1990 levels. The roadmap explained that this goal would require about 1 million of the 5.5 million light-duty vehicles (LDVs) projected to be registered in Massachusetts in 2030 be zero emission vehicles (ZEVs). The roadmap noted that early piloting and planning through the 2020s will be necessary to prepare for more deeply decarbonizing fleets in the 2030s.

MOR-EV is administered on DOER’s behalf by the Center for Sustainable Energy. The program is funded with Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative auction proceeds and aims to help reduce reliance on fossil fuels and meet Massachusetts’ goals under the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector.

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Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Commits $10 Million to Expand Electric Vehicle Rebate Program to Include Trucks

Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources 

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