Virginia EV Rebate Legislation Proposed in 2021

Virginia EV Tax Credit

Virginia House Bill 1979

Virginia Delegate David Reid of Loudoun County is proposing a rebate for Virginians who buy or lease an electric vehicle. The legislation will be introduced when the Virginia General Assembly convenes on January 13, 2021.

Used Vehicles Would Qualify

HB 1979 proposes that an individual who buys or leases a new or used electric motor vehicle from a dealer in Virginia and registers the vehicle in Virginia would be eligible for a $2,500 rebate. An additional $2,000 rebate would be available for certain income qualified individuals.

For the purposes of the rebate program, an electric motor vehicle “means a motor vehicle that uses electricity as its only source of motive power. ‘Electric motor vehicle’ includes fuel cell electric vehicles.”

UPDATE: I reached out to Delegate Reid to clarify if the bill would include incentives for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). He explained that right now, it does not include PHEVs or fleet vehicles. The reason being that there is a limited amount of money to get started with and they were looking for where the program could be scaled back in a way that they can achieve the environmental benefits of being able to get carbon out of the transportation sector in a manner that would provide the most bang for the buck. Given the budget constraints of the moment, the program is designed to begin by focusing just on battery electric vehicles.

Delegate Reid says he wants to be able to get consumers familiar with the idea that electric vehicles are a viable alternative for basic transportation. In the future, once the program moves forward and other sources of revenue are identified to fund the program, they can add plug-in hybrids, fleet vehicles and more.

Summary as Introduced

Electric vehicle rebate program; creation and funding; report. Creates a rebate program for the purchase or lease of new and used electric vehicles, to be administered by the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy. A purchaser or lessee of an electric vehicle would receive a $2,500 rebate at the time of purchase, and a purchaser or lessee with an annual household income that does not exceed 300 percent of the federal poverty level would be entitled to an additional $2,000 rebate. The motor vehicle dealer where the vehicle is purchased or leased would receive a refund for the amount of the rebate and a $50 incentive payment for each rebate processed. Funds would be allocated from the revenues generated by the sunset of the Virginia Coal Employment and Production Incentive Tax Credit and the Coalfield employment enhancement tax credit and prohibit the allocation of new credits on and after January 1, 2021. The bill also establishes an Electric Vehicle Rebate Advisory Council to oversee the Electric Vehicle Rebate Program and to make recommendations regarding its implementation. The Director of the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy is required to report annually to the Governor and the General Assembly regarding the Program. The Program will expire on September 1, 2026.

Summary of Virginia HB 1979 as introduced.
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Fast Chargers at Howard Community College in Columbia, MD

Howard Community College EV Charging

Utility owned and operated public charging stations are now open at the Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland. The BGE EVsmart stations are operational as of January 8, 2021. Two DC Fast Chargers and six Level 2 ports are located in the north west corner of Lot C on the main campus along Little Patuxent Parkway. [map link]

Two CCS/CHAdeMO Fast Chargers

The two 50 kW Fast Chargers are Efacec QC 45 units that are also used in some other BGE installations such as Westminster and Ellicott City. Having multiple fast chargers will help bolster EV drivers’ confidence. If one fast charger is occupied or inoperable, there should be another fast charger to fall back on.

On Greenlots Network

The fee to use these Fast Chargers is $0.34 per kWh. The Level 2 costs $0.18 per kWh. The fees are subject to change with the approval of the Maryland Public Service Commission which regulates the utilities. Payment is made via a Greenlots account.

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Rehoboth Beach, Delaware Supercharger is Open

Rehoboth Beach Supercharger

Tesla Supercharging Station at Wawa

The Rehoboth Beach area now has its second Tesla Supercharger. An eight stall, 250 kW (V3) Supercharging station just opened at the Wawa convenience store by the intersection of Coastal Hwy and Rehoboth Ave. Ext. Map Link

This Supercharger is located less than four miles from the Lewes, DE Supercharger that opened about three years ago. The Lewes Supercharger is an eight stall station also located in the lot of a Wawa store. It’s a 150 kW powered station as compared to the 250 kW at the newer one in Rehoboth.

Why did Tesla build two Superchargers so close together? We don’t know. But consider this, the Wawa chain has three stores in that stretch of Coastal Highway that sell gasoline. There are at least six other gas stations in that section. Ultimately, electric vehicle charging stations will become ubiquitous. Areas like the beach, where tourists drive beyond the range of the charging station in their home, will be among the first areas that need to support a higher volume of people that need fast charging.

Rehoboth Beach already had many Level 2 EV charging stations to help support EV drivers visiting from out of town. There are two high-amp L2 stations at Surfside Park that were proposed in 2014 by the University of Delaware as part of a statewide network of EV charging stations in Delaware. There are also Level 2 charging stations at the three Tanger Outlets locations in Rehoboth Beach that were installed in 2015.

Version 3 Tesla Superchargers in the Delmarva

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DC Area Tesla Superchargers as of January, 2021

New Tesla Superchargers in the Washington, DC Area

The number of Tesla Superchargers in the greater Washington, DC area has really grown in the last two years. The animated map above shows the progression of Supercharger installations in Delaware, Maryland, Washington, DC and Northern Virginia between 2012 and 2020.

Today, a new Supercharger opened in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Listed below are the sites that are under construction and due to open soon in the Greater Washington, DC area.

  • Baltimore, MD – S. Caton Ave. 5 stalls, 250 kW at Royal Farms
  • Towson, MD 8 stalls, 250 kW at Wawa
  • Waldorf, MD 8 stalls, 250 kW at Wawa
  • King George, VA 8 stalls, 250 kW at Sheetz
  • Edgewater, MD 8 stalls, 250 kW at Wawa (in permitting)
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Maryland EV Tax Credit Extension Proposed in Clean Cars Act of 2021

Tesla Sales Center

Marylanders who purchased a plug-in electric vehicle since funds were depleted for the $3,000 state excise tax credit have been waiting to see if the legislature will reauthorize funding for the program. Purchasers were encouraged to file a form to reserve a place in the queue if and when additional funding is authorized.

There’s potential good news for those waiting on a Maryland EV tax rebate from a previous purchase and those considering buying an electric car in the future. The Clean Cars Act of 2021 (HB 44) proposes to extend and increase the funding for the Maryland electric vehicle excise tax credit. Annual funding would increase to as much as $26,000,000 through fiscal year 2023 under the proposal by Delegate David Fraser-Hidalgo.

The Clean Cars Act of 2017 authorized an excise tax credit on plug-in electric cars for three years, from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020 subject to available funding which was limited to a maximum amount for each fiscal year.

Funding Backlog

Funds for the Maryland excise tax credit usually ran out early and applications were then held until the next round of funding was released and paid in the order that applications were received by the MVA. Satisfying the ever growing backlog meant that each year’s funding would run out sooner than the last. In May, 2019, a month before the release of the FY 2020 funds, the entire $6 million allocated for the final year authorized by the legislation was already spoken for by applicants on the waitlist who had already purchased.

In January, 2020, the Clean Cars Act of 2020 was introduced to extend the program for another three years. It also proposed to increase the annual funding from $6,000,000 to $12,000,000. Unfortunately, the bill didn’t pass before the Maryland General Assembly adjourned early due to COVID-19. In effect, the backlog of EV buyers waiting for funding to receive a rebate check extends back to May, 2019 at this point.

Maryland Clean Cars Act of 2021

Under the proposed Clean Cars Act of 2021:

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Utility-Owned Fast Chargers in Hancock, Maryland

Hancock MD EV Charging

Potomac Edison Charging Stations Open in Hancock

Two new CCS/CHAdeMO Fast Chargers owned and operated by Potomac Edison opened today in Hancock, Maryland. The chargers are located in the parking area of Joseph Hancock, Jr. Primitive Park on Main Street. The two ChargePoint Express 250 Fast Chargers can deliver 62.5 – 125 kW based on power sharing. The cost is $0.30 per kWh and is set based on approval of the Maryland Public Service Commission which regulates the utilities.

Potomac Edison opened their first DC Fast Charger last week at the Deep Creek Visitors Center in McHenry, MD. We charged there on Saturday, January 2nd using a Tesla CHAdeMO adapter. Users can pay using a ChargePoint RFID card or App. The units are wrapped in blue Potomac Edison “EVDRIVEN” branding and the URL to their EV website is displayed on the front. A blue and white sign designates the area as “electric vehicle parking only while charging.”

Adds to Existing DC Fast Charging in Town

Hancock already has two Fast Chargers located a few blocks away at the Western Maryland Rail Trail Parking Lot. Those chargers are operated by EVI and were installed about a year ago with funding help from the Maryland Energy Administration’s Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Program. Those chargers are 50 kW and bill users with a flat fee plus by the minute rather than by the kWh.

More Fast Chargers Planned for Western Maryland

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Potomac Edison Fast Chargers at Deep Creek Lake

Deep Creek Lake EV Charger

Utility-Owned Public Charging Stations Open in Western Maryland

EV drivers have been waiting many years for CCS and CHAdeMO Fast Chargers to come to Garrett County, Maryland. In April, 2014, the Maryland Attorney General announced a $1 million grant program to build a statewide network of DC Fast Chargers that was supposed to extend from Western Maryland to the Eastern Shore. Unfortunately, the western portion never materialized.

In January, 2019, the Maryland Public Service Commission issued Order No. 88997 which allowed a pilot program of utility owned and operated public EV charging stations under the condition that they are located on property owned, leased or occupied by a state, county, or municipal government.

Potomac Edison has now opened their first Fast Chargers along with a Level 2 station at the Deep Creek Visitors Center in McHenry, MD. The two ChargePoint units are rated to share 125 kW of power between them. We successfully charged using a CHAdeMO to Tesla adapter on one of them on Saturday, January 2nd. While in the area, we spotted four other Teslas in and around McHenry. Teslas need a CHAdeMO adapter sold by Tesla or perhaps one of the new third party CCS adapters to use these ChargePoint units. Maybe these fast chargers will encourage drivers of Chevy Bolts and other EVs with CCS or CHAdeMO plugs to make the trek to Western Maryland in their electric cars.

EV Tourism

Garrett County has the second lowest adoption of electric vehicles in Maryland according to an analysis of Plug-In Vehicle Adoption. Garrett County has 15 all-electric and 5 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles registered according to the latest data from the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration. This means that most of the utilization of the fast chargers in McHenry will probably be from tourists and other visitors.

More Public Fast Chargers Planned

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Blandair Park Charging Station in Columbia, MD

ChargePoint Station is Now Provisioned

An electric vehicle charging station located at Blandair Regional Park in Columbia, Maryland is back in service after a long period waiting to be provisioned on the network. The ChargePoint CT4000, dual-port Level 2 station was first powered on in November, 2019. At the time, the display read, “Station not provisioned on ChargePoint. Grace sessions remaining 9.”

Each time someone plugged in, the remaining number of grace sessions was one less until all 10 grace sessions were used up and the station became disabled in early 2020. I told Howard County officials that the charging station was out of service and followed up several times. Summer and fall came and went and the station remained offline.

Sometime in the past few weeks, the unit was finally registered on the ChargePoint network and EV drivers can now use it. The cost is free as of now. The site still needs signs that reserve the spots for EV charging in accordance with the Howard County anti-ICEing ordinance.

There are two more dual-port EV charging stations in an area that is still under construction in the western portion of the park. Those stations seem to be already provisioned but are inaccessible until construction is finished.

So, drive your Leaf or other EV to the baseball fields of Blandair Park, you now have a place to charge!

Second Hagerstown, MD Supercharger is Open

Dec. 30, 2020 Hagerstown, MD

New V3 Tesla Supercharger at Sheetz on Venture Drive

A new Tesla Supercharger opened this week in the parking lot of the Sheetz on Venture Drive, Hagerstown, Maryland. There are eight stalls on the south side of the building near the drive-thru pickup window. This is a 250 kW (V3) Supercharging station which can charge significantly faster on newer Teslas.

The Hagerstown, MD – Venture Drive Supercharger is just off of I-70, one exit west of the original Hagerstown Supercharger that opened on January 23, 2014 at the Premium Outlets. Map

Hagerstown on Original Coast-to-Coast Supercharger Route

The Premium Outlets location was a part of the first cross country Supercharger route completed in early 2014. A team from Tesla marked the completion of the route shortly after the original Hagerstown Supercharger opened by setting a Guinness World Record for the lowest charging time for an EV traveling across the United States. The Tesla Cross Country Rally team were welcomed in the wee hours of Feb. 2, 2014 by a small contingent of Tesla owners when they stopped at the Hagerstown Premium Outlets to charge.

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Electric Vehicle Legislation Tracker – 2021

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PlugInSites is tracking EV legislation in Maryland, Virginia and select bills of interest in other states. Check back often and subscribe below.

Pending Actions & Featured Bills

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Maryland General Assembly Session has ended for 2021.

WAPayment & Interop.SB5192✅ Passed4/22/2021EV charging station payment rules and interoperability standards.
OREV Charging in ParksHB2290✅ Passed5/5/2021EV charging stations in parking spaces at state parks.
OKEV Charging TaxHB2234✅ Signed4/22/2021Imposes a tax of 3 cents per kWh on the electric
current used to charge electric vehicles.
MDResidential ConstructionHB0784✅ Passed4/12/2021Requiring a builder of new housing to provide buyer with the option to include EV charging.
MDZEV Bus TransitionSB0137✅ Passed4/12/2021Prohibiting, beginning in fiscal year 2023, the Maryland Transit Administration from purchasing buses for the Administration's State transit bus fleet that are not zero-emission buses
MDEV Tax CreditHB0044✅ Passed4/12/2021Excise tax credit for electric vehicle purchases. (Amended to strike EV tax credit and only apply to backlog of previous EV purchases on the waitlist.)
MDClimate CounselHB0030✅ Passed4/10/2021Establish the Office of Climate Counsel in the Maryland Public Service Commission and include the Climate Counsel on ZEEVIC.
MDHOA/Condo ChargingHB0110
✅ Passed4/8/2021Electric Vehicle Recharging Equipment for Multifamily Units Act (Right-to-Charge)
HB0250✅ Passed4/6/2021Altering the mileage at which certain zero-emission Class F (tractor) vehicles are required to have the vehicle inspected.
MDZEV Bus TransitionHB0334
Put into
2/12/2021Prohibiting, beginning in fiscal year 2023, the Maryland Transit Administration from purchasing buses for the Administration's State transit bus fleet that are not zero-emission buses
MDAnti-ICEingHB0480❌ Died4/12/2021Prohibiting a person from parking a vehicle that is not connected to charging equipment in a space that is designated for charging plug-in electric vehicles.
MDEV School BusHB0832❌ Died3/30/2021Establishing the electric school bus pilot program
MDZEV State FleetHB0592❌ Died4/12/2021Prohibiting, beginning in fiscal year 2023, a State unit from entering into a contract to purchase or lease a vehicle for the State vehicle fleet that is not a zero-emission electric vehicle.
MDEV Charging ReimburseHB1098❌ Died3/26/2021Requiring State and local elected officials who use a State-owned EV charging station to charge a personal EV to reimburse the State for the electricity used.
MDAnti-ICEingSB0315❌ Died1/27/2021Prohibiting stopping, standing, or parking a vehicle that is not a plug-in electric vehicle in a parking space that is designated for the use of plug-in electric vehicles.
MDTax Credit FundingSB0152❌ Died1/19/2021Maryland Strategic Energy Investment Fund – Use of Funds and Electric Vehicle Excise Tax Credits
NCAnti-ICEingHB296✅ House
4/01/2021An act to regulate parking in an electric vehicle charging station.
NCEV Tax CreditSB592Active4/7/2021Creating a $3,000 income tax credit for purchasers of a new plug-in electric vehicle.
DEEV Charging FeesSB21Active3/23/2021Permits State agencies to charge a fee for public or employee use of EV charging equipment installed by the agency so long as the fees do not exceed the agency’s costs.
PAEV ReadyHB0481
Active2/9/2021Requiring new nonresidential buildings to provide electrical service capacity for electric vehicles.
PAZEV Tax CreditHB0524
Active2/11/2021Exclusions from Tax. The sale at retail or use of a zero-emission vehicle.
PAZEV Toll DiscountsHB0525
Active2/11/202110% discount on electronic toll collection.
3/10/2021Establishing a penalty for any vehicle that is not a plug-in hybrid vehicle or plug-in electric vehicle for utilizing a parking space that is designated for charging an electric vehicle.
WVRepeal EV FeeSB0094Adjourned4/10/2021Repealing additional registration fees for alternative fuel vehicles
WVRepeal EV FeeHB2223Adjourned4/10/2021Repealing section of code authorizing additional registration fees for alternative fuel vehicles
WVRepeal Hybrid FeeHB2075Adjourned4/10/2021Removing the registration fee for a vehicle operating on a combination of electricity and petrochemical fuels
NJEV Charging PricingA5303Active1/27/2021Prohibits timed-use and per-charge pricing, and excessive price increases, in sale of plug-in electric vehicle charging services.
NYAV Task ForceS03909✅ Senate
in Assy
5/10/2021Relates to establishing the New York task force on automated vehicle technology.
NYEV ReadyS00023✅ Senate
in Assy
5/10/2021Requires the construction of certain parking facilities to be capable of supporting electric vehicle charging stations
NYEV Charging TariffS03929✅ Passed4/26/2021Establishes an electric vehicle charging commercial tariff
NYZEVS04097On Floor Calendar4/21/2021Directs the commissioner of the department of environmental conservation to promulgate rules and regulations establishing targets for the sales of zero emissions medium and heavy duty vehicles.
NYDirect SalesS1763
Active3/20/2021Certificates of registration for entities that manufacture or assemble ZEVs and have no franchised motor vehicle dealers in New York
NYZEV by 2035S2735
Stricken1/25/2021Provides that one hundred percent of in-state sales of new passenger cars and trucks shall be zero-emissions by 2035
NYClean Car StandardA862
Active3/8/2021Establishes the low carbon fuel standard of 2021.
NYFee ExemptionS05087Active2/23/2021Exempts new clean fuel vehicles and vehicles that meet the clean vehicle standards from first year of registration fees.
NYSales Tax ExemptionS04476Active2/5/2021Provides an exemption for the sale of the first $35,000 of a battery, electric, or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle from state sales and compensating use taxes
NYEV ReadyA00346Active1/6/2021Requires certain state owned and operated parking garages, open parking lots and other parking facilities to install and maintain charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles.
NYEV ReadyA03179Active1/22/2021Requires electric vehicle charging stations and electric vehicle capable parking spaces
NYEV ReadyA3435Active1/26/2021EV infrastructure at all new residential and commercial construction that has dedicated off-street parking.
NYEV ReadyS0370Active1/25/2021Requires state owned and operated parking facilities to install EV charging stations.
MAICEing FineH.3499Active3/29/2021subject to a fine of $100 for a first offense and $200 for a second or subsequent offense.
MAICEing FineH3502Active3/29/2021subject to a fine of $100 for a first offense and $200 for a second or subsequent offense.
MAHOA/Condo ChargingH3425Active3/29/2021Right-to-Charge
CTEV Direct SalesSB0127Active4/13/2021To permit electric vehicle manufacturers to sell electric vehicles directly to the consumer.
CTEV ReadyHB5640Active1/27/2021To provide prewiring for solar power and electric vehicle charging stations for all new residential construction.
RIEV Ready & ICEing FineSB0173Study4/15/2021Installation of EV charging stations - Designated parking spaces.
ILEV ReadyHB5640Active3/27/2021EV ready at new or renovated residential or nonresidential buildings.
INTask ForceHB1220✅ Signed4/26/2021Reestablishes the 21st century energy policy development task force.
INEV Charging PilotHB1385❌ Died1/14/2021Authorizes an electric utility to request approval from the IURC to implement a pilot program to operate EV charging infrastructure.
OHEV Charging GrantSB0032Active2/22/2021Establish electric vehicle charging station grant rebate program.
HIEV Charging EnforcementSB0756
Active3/25/2021Authorizes the establishment of penalties for failure to make reasonable efforts to maintain EV charging stations in working order. Clarifies that certain enforcement officers may enter private property to enforce EV parking space violations.
MNEV Charging
SF 602Active3/01/2021Electric fuel distributed by a utility through an electric vehicle charging station at a public or private parking space tax imposition.
NVEV Charging
SB 191❌ Died4/10/2021Imposing a surcharge on the sale of electric service to charge the battery of an electric vehicle or a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.
MSEV Charging
Tax & Grants
HB1441❌ Died3/19/2021To impose a fee on motor vehicles charged at qualified alternative-fuel fueling stations in this state.
VAClean Car
HB1965✅ Passed2/19/2021State Air Pollution Control Board; low-emissions and zero-emissions vehicle program
SB1223✅ Passed2/19/2021Analysis of EV charging infrastructure needed to support the 2045 net-zero carbon target in the transportation sector.
VAVehicle Wt. LimitsHB1850✅ Passed2/18/2021Passed House (98-0). Motor vehicle weight limits; vehicles powered primarily by electric battery power.
VASCC-ReportHB2282✅ Passed2/18/2021Directs the State Corporation Commission to report on policy proposals to accelerate transportation electrification.
VAEV Tax CreditHB1979✅ Passed2/27/2021Electric vehicle rebate program; creation and funding; report.
VAEV Grant FundHB2118✅ Passed2/28/2021Electric Vehicle Grant Fund and Program; creation; report.
VAEV School BusSB1380❌ Failed2/28/2021Electric utilities; electric school bus projects.

New York info provided by Long Island EVs

Maryland General Assembly Session Ends April 12, 2021

The 2021 Legislative Sessions in Maryland began on January 13th and will adjourn Sine Die at 11:59 PM on Monday April 12th. Any bills that have not passed both chambers by then will die and have to be reintroduced and start the process all over again next January in the 2022 session.

Right-to-Charge Bill Passed

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