BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced the expansion of the Commonwealth’s electric vehicle rebate program, Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles (MOR-EV) to include commercial and nonprofit fleets. Building on the Administration’s December 2019 announcement committing at least $27 million per year in 2020 and 2021 to electric vehicle incentive programs, the expansion of the MOR-EV program will offer clean transportation solutions to Massachusetts businesses and nonprofits while helping the Commonwealth achieve its clean energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals.
“The success of the MOR-EV program has helped reduce greenhouse emissions and improve air quality across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The expansion of this program to include commercial fleets continues the Commonwealth’s efforts to expand electric vehicle adoption and the electrification of the transportation sector, which is vital to achieving our target of net zero emissions by 2050.”
“Our administration is committed to helping save residents and businesses money on their transportation costs while also making significant progress in our effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Today’s announcement expanding the MOR-EV program will help Massachusetts grow its clean energy economy and continue to lead the nation in clean energy innovation.”
Beginning June 25, 2020, commercial and nonprofit fleets, which include company-owned vehicles, companies with vans, rental car companies, and companies that provide vehicles to employees instead of paying mileage, will be eligible to receive rebates through MOR-EV. Eligible vehicles must meet the same criteria as the current MOR-EV program which provides battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) up to a $50,000 final purchase price with a $2,500 rebate. Additionally, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVS) with an all-electric range of 25 miles or greater and with a final purchase price up to $50,000 are eligible for a $1,500 rebate. Rebates are not available to fleet purchases made prior to June 25, 2020. Public fleet purchases such as municipal and state are not eligible for rebates under this program.
“Accelerating reductions in carbon emissions from the transportation sector is crucial to meeting Governor Baker’s ambitious net zero by 2050 goal,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “Expanding the MOR-EV program to include more vehicle classes will help us lower emissions across the state, improve air quality for all communities, and will ultimately move us closer to our shared clean energy future.”
“More electrification in the transportation industry results in significant benefits to our economy and our environment and the MOR-EV program is a key policy to facilitate that transition,” said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Patrick Woodcock. “Today’s announcement of a MOR-EV expansion to commercial and non-profit fleets will ultimately lower emissions and create more pathways for businesses and non-profits to contribute to creating a cleaner and healthier energy future for our communities.”
Since June 2014, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has dedicated over $31 million to incentivizing the purchase of over 15,000 electric vehicles and has reduced the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 39,000 metric tons annually.
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.
For complete rebate program information and other details, visit https://mor-ev.org/.