Massachusetts Revives EV Rebate Program MOR-EV and Introduces Other Incentives for Electric Vehicles

by Claribelle Deveza January 06, 2020


Massachusetts revived its MOR-EV program for 2020 and 2021 after it ended last September. The Bay State has also introduced incentives for multi-dwelling units in Massachusetts willing to install electric vehicle supply equipment. Incentives for EV fleets have been introduced in Massachusetts as well.

According to Bloomberg Environment, the Codfish state has set aside US$27 million each for 2020, and 2021 for the Department of Energy Resources’ Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles—aka MOR-EV—program. MOR-EV rebates apply to vehicles purchased on or after January 2020.

The official website for MOR-EV states that people who buy Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) that cost under US$50,000 will be eligible for a US$2,500 rebate. Those who purchase a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) under US$50,000 will receive a US$1,500 discount.


Credit: Tesla

However, only PHEVs with at least 25+ miles of range are eligible for the discount. Zero-emission Motorcycles or ZEMs were not given rebates in the MOR-EV program.

Massachusetts also offers other reduction grants. For example, there are different grants for multi-dwelling buildings and EV fleets. According to the Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC), the Bay state has set up the Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (MassEVIP). It provides grants for multi-dwelling (MUD) buildings planning to install electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). MassEVIP provides 60 percent of the cost for Level 1 and Level 2 EVSEs in a MUD.

MassEVIP also offers grants for EVSEs for public fleets. "The Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (MassEVIP) provides grants for the purchase or lease of qualified PEVs, zero-emission motorcycles, and Level 2 EVSE. Eligible applicants include local governments, public universities and colleges, and state agencies,” the AFDC wrote.

The table below shows the vehicle incentives for public fleets:

Credit: AFDC

The grant for public fleets applies to a maximum of 25 vehicles, including BEVs, PHEVs, and zero-emission motorcycles. AFDC also shared that funding of up to US$7,500 was available for Level 2 EVSEs with the purchase or lease of at least two BEVs.

Massachusetts has more incentives for clean energy transportation, including a grant for alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure, among other rebates. The state has also started passing laws and regulations related to autonomous vehicles. The state really seems to be embracing next-gen clean-energy cars. It would be interesting to see how Massachusetts’ transportation evolves in the coming years. 

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