Incorporating EVs Into Your Municipal Fleet – Resources for Purchasing EVs and Charging Equipment

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Incorporating EVs into your municipal fleet is often unmanageable without resources. Taking advantage of federal, state, utilities, and other programs will help with EV fleet management. The programs assist with the purchasing of EVs and charging equipment.

Federal Resources

 

Electric Vehicles

The federal government offers income tax credits on the purchase of new electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. The tax credit is only redeemable by vehicle dealers since municipalities do not pay taxes. It also does not apply to EV manufacturers with over 200,000 in sales like Tesla and GM. The goal of the tax credit program is to encourage fleet management to invest in EVs.

Fully electric vehicles are eligible for a $7,500 tax credit. Hybrids qualify for tax credits ranging from $2,500 to $7,500. Buyers can use the tax credit to lower the overall purchasing price.

EV Charging Equipment

A 30% tax credit is available at the federal level for the purchase and installation of EV charging equipment. While municipalities can take advantage of the tax credit, it also applies to companies providing EV chargers.

National Cooperative Purchasing Programs

 

Climate Mayors Electric Vehicle Purchasing Collaborative

The Climate Mayors Electric Vehicle Purchasing Collaborative is open to all U.S. municipalities, including public universities. The program uses competitive bid contracts to assist local governments in the purchase or lease of electric fleet vehicles and charging stations.

The Collaborative also provides resources like training and analysis support to make it easier for municipalities to transition to electric fleets.

State Resources—New Jersey

New Jersey has multiple resources to help local municipalities move towards electric fleets.

Electric Vehicles

Electric Vehicle Chargers

  • It Pay$ to Plug In: NJ’s Electric Vehicle Charging Grants offered by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJ DEP) to lower the costs associated with purchasing and installing EV charging equipment throughout the municipality, including highways, multi-family dwellings, and parking facilities.
  • Electric Vehicle Chargers on Co-op Purchasing Contracts enables local governments to purchase EV charging equipment at reduced prices through the free-to-join Educational Services Commission of New Jersey purchasing Co-op.

We have an in-depth review of the available New Jersey resources that your municipality can take advantage of. You can read, EV Charger Incentives for New Jersey, by clicking here.

State Resources—Pennsylvania

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has multiple programs to help management incorporate EVs into their fleet.

Electric Vehicles and Chargers

  • Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program (AFIG) is managed by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP). The program provides between $3 to $5 million annually to encourage fleets to transition to EVs. The grants can be used toward the purchase of electric vehicles and EV charging equipment.
  • Driving PA Forward is funded by the Volkswagen Emissions settlement. Along with helping to offset the costs of replacing diesel vehicles with an electric fleet, the program also provides up to $4,000 for the installation of Level 2 EV chargers.

Electric Vehicles and Chargers on PA State Purchasing Contracts

 

Electric Vehicles

COSTARS allows Pennsylvania governments to purchase EVs at discounted prices. It covers several PEVs, along with BEVs and PHEVs. The purchaser can negotiate the price and vehicle configuration to meet fleets’ unique needs.

Electric Vehicle Chargers

COSTARS covers part of the cost associated with purchasing EV charging equipment. The convenient drop-down search function makes it easy to find information about vendors.

Other Resources—Pennsylvania

 

PECO

Under the Smart Driver Rebate program, PECO government customers can apply to receive a $50 rebate for each EV purchased under the Smart Driver Rebate program. Additional rebates for Level 2 chargers are also available through Pennsylvania’s Driving PA Forward Program.

Duquesne Light Company

The company is offering a one-time credit of $60 to municipal customers with a leased or owned EV.

Helping Incorporating EVs Into Your Municipal Fleet

Apogee Charging Solutions offers a fully turn-key EV charging solution for municipal fleets. We take a consultative approach to offer you the best EV charging solutions to fit your specific needs.

If your municipality is looking for a place to start your EV fleet journey, let the experts at Apogee Charging Solutions help. Reach out to us today by calling 484-816-2076, emailing info@apogeecharging.com, or schedule a call that fits your need by clicking the button below.

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